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.
Anastasia Grace, we brought you to Perú looking like this…
We are leaving Perú, and you have turned into this…
Where does the time go? You are very aware of what is taking place. Your daddy and I have already seen your emotions come out about the move that approaches. You are nervous, scared, happy, excited, apprehensive… all at the same time. Kinda like me. 😉 You are a lot like me because you show your emotions, and it usually comes out in the form of tears. We have told you that it is okay to be sad. It is okay to cry. It is even okay to be mad at us. But it is not okay to not talk about it. It is not okay to lash out at others around you. This will certainly be a journey for all of us, and we realize that out of all three children, you ‘get it’ the most.
Sweet girl, you were born in the states, but you call Arequipa home. You have your favorites, and when I asked you some questions about places you’d like to see and “say good-bye” to before leaving, you didn’t hesitate. I want to remember this list. It will be fun to look over years from now. It will be even more fun for you to visit these places when you come back to AQP for a college summer internship 😉 .
We love you, Anita. What a journey you have already had in this life.
Places to visit:
- your jardín at Francisco Rojas School, specifically to say goodbye to your preschool teacher, Miss Kathya
- “Ana’s park”–as we call it. It was the great big park that sat diagonally across from our house in Miraflores.
- Manuela’s house in Naranjal
- the Plaza de Armas
Foods to eat:
- crab empanadas and ceviche (good choice, girl. Since it’s on my list too, maybe we should go twice?!)
- Manuela’s Atomatada
- anticuchos (beef heart) and picarones at Festejo on Ejercito
- Ibérica Chocolate
- the Lambramani food court
- Manuela´s Adobo
What is one of your favorite memories of living in Arequipa?
Our church… we get to see our friends, and sometimes Arelí takes us out.
What is your favorite Arequipa dish?
That’s a hard one. I have two. Crab empanadas and Adobo.
What will you miss the most about living here?
I will miss Manuela the most, because I love her dishes (food) and where she lives.
What are you most excited about moving to the states?
Going to a new school and making new friends
- I love Misti, because it reminds me about friends and family from our church in Arequipa.
- I am excited that I will still get to see Shaye in the United States.
- I am going to miss all of my friends in school, especially my teacher named Miss Angela.