One thing that experts say is good for expats to do before leaving one of their “homes” is to make a list of their favorite places and plan a “last” visit in order to say goodbye. My kids will return to the states with their Pop and Gram on December 28. We have 29 days left to say some goodbyes. It is a good thing that some of them overlap.
Maggie Kate, you were our first AQP-born TCK. You were a full head of hair with two giant blue eyes…
and we are leaving Perú with you looking like this…
You are in Kindergarten with your big promoción (Kinder graduation) coming up at the end of the month. You are so excited to get to wear a “princess dress” like your sister did for her graduation (we will rent the dress). Your class picked the color “lila” which is the same color as Sophia the First. 😉 We are excited for you, and what makes your graduation extra special is that Pop and Gram will get to be here for it!
You told me in the taxi this morning that Daddy told you (while I was gone somewhere) that it’s okay to be sad this coming month. You know we are moving back to the states, but you are at such a great age to make the transition. I am so delighted that you completed all three years of preschool in Spanish. Now, you are most excited to get to live near your cousin Ruby and to start in a new school.
It was a little bit harder to get your “lasts” recorded, but we will try our best to make your last memories here some of your best! We love our Maggicita!!!
Places to visit:
- the zoo (your school just had a field trip there this past Friday)
- Shaye and Cora’s house
Foods to eat:
- Manuela´s Ají de Gallina (surprise, surprise. It is on the menu for every other week until you leave!)
- Etelvina´s Papa a la Huancaína (We are making a date to eat this with her while Pop and Gram are here.)
- King Burger (I had to write it out just as you said it. It’s Burger King, and it tickles us that you have nooooooo idea what a good hamburger should taste like. Living on an angus beef farm for 6 months should cure that.)
- Chili’s cheese dip (you would request this at almost every restaurant birthday meal)
What is one of your favorite memories of living in Arequipa?
going to Shaye and Cora’s house and play with each other
What is your favorite Arequipa dish?
Ají de Gallina and Papa a la Huancaína
What will you miss the most about living here?
Miss Yomara (your teacher that you have had for all three years of preschool)
What are you most excited about moving to the states?
We will see Ruby and Sam… and Judah, and that I am going to start a new school.
- I am going to miss my best friend from my school, Ana Paula.
- I am so excited about my promoción!