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Livin' via the Van  Lucas & Willa✨ vi·a » ˈvīə ¤ traveling through a place to reach a destination ¤ 🌊 Just a California couple with all kinds of wanderlust 📍SF,CA

Raised Jewish (emphasis on the "ish"), the bulk of my knowledge about the history of Hanukkah actually came from a very well-loved episode of Rugrats. Yes, there were some inaccuracies (need we remember Tommy reciting, "a Maccababy's gotta do, what a Maccababy's gotta do"?), but I've managed to get a good chunk of trivia questions correct due to this holiday special. So it should come as no surprise that when our Tikal guide began explaining the traditional Mayan ball game that was occasionally used to determine who might be the next human sacrifice, I needed no introduction. Shout out to an under-valued could-be classic, The Road to El Dorado. Cartoons may not be historically accurate or even particularly PC half the time but I've amassed quite a few fact snacks from the hours I logged in front of the ol' boob tube 💪😎. (Hands up if you learned bananas have potassium from Honey We Shrunk Ourselves? 🙋🏼‍♀️) -WV

Guys. WE'RE OFFICIALLY CAT PARENTS. Still working on the purrfect kitty photo, so for now, here's a photo of us biking Caye Caulker 🤷‍♀️. Check our recent stories to meet Sasquatch and Mi-Wuk 🙈❤️. We're new to the kitty game and are starting to purchase all the cat accouterments so if you have favorites, let us know!

Luke and I have a running joke that while the feeling of adventure is an important part of my little traveling soul, if given the choice between 'cliff jumping adrenaline rush' or flopping around in the "sponge beds", I'm going the latter every time. I want to be in on the action but can't it be relaxing too 🤭? He does a great job of placating my requests for risk-free activities and after all this time I can handle a rapid or two. Balance ⚖️. .
PS- anyone know what the sponge bed reference comes from?? 😋✨

Happy anniversary, duder. Life as the Vias has been pretty sweet.

It's been a long and beautiful four weeks but some of us are pretty tired and it's time to head home ✌️. More photos of our recent travels coming soon! In the meantime, where should we plan to go next 🤔?

#Buslife for about twenty minutes in transit to some deep dark caves. I'm such a visual person, half the time I don't need to leave the car to have a life changing experience 😋.

I live my life terrified he'll throw me in the water but ya know what? He never does. I think this is a metaphor for him keeping me on my toes but it could also be about psychological torture, I'm not sure 🤷‍♀️.

Suuuper easy to pose while dangling 300 feet above the ground. America's Next Top Model better hollar at me for ideas on their next challenge (that show is still on, right?). SHOUT OUT TO @cavesbranchbelize FOR SOME INSANE LAST FEW DAYS. We repelled into a deep dark hole beside a breathtaking cave system after hiking an hour into the jungle. This place is the forest of our childhood's wildest dreams - a scenery so magical it's hard to believe anything out there can bite you 😏🐍🕷🐛. .
Check our Stories for more shots from these helmut-wearing adventure nerds 😝.

This started dribbling down my chin not thirty seconds later. What can I say? I'm not one of those people who eats ice cream elegantly 🤷‍♀️. -WV

Most romantic song according to Luke: "Time Will Tell" by Gregory Alan Izakov (our first dance- classic choice ✨.)
Most romantic song according to Willa: "Sail Away" by David Gray (followed closely behind by Skrillex's "Cinema.")
Luke is apparently romancing a 14-going-on-60-year-old... If you had one song to win someone over, what would it be?

I don't think I will ever grow out of that teeny tiny voice inside my head that tells me both to A. push all the elevator buttons and B. climb every staircase and see what's at the top 🤷‍♀️. .
(In case you're wondering, it's a wraparound view of the courtyard.)-WV

The look you give your partner when they challenge you to a "stir off". #ITSON.
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Not our typical shot for the Gram but we have to share some info about an incredible woman we met while in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan. A good friend of mine introduced us to @mayankitchencooking , a cooking class put on by a particularly wonderful human named Anita. Anita is a self-starter who defied expectation and opened the doors to her very own home three years ago and has since touched the lives of hundreds of travelers by sharing the love she has for her hometown. Through her determination she now helps support herself, her two children and 27 local female artisans (19 of which are single mothers) because she believes it is God's will that she lift those up around her. Yes Queen, we need more like you. If you are in Lake Atitlan or really, anywhere In Guatemala, this experience is not to be missed!
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PS- yeah I think that's a finger in the corner but it was on my iPhone and unplanned 😝

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