Now that Soleil is born, Stevie and I have one thing on our minds: Getting back on the road!
We’ve been in Peru a long time, and we’re feeling the itch to move. From Lima we plan to head south into Bolivia. But before we can go anywhere, we need to get Sol not one, but two passports. One from Peru and one from the USA.
This became a time-sensitive, critical issue when, back in July, we purchased three non-refundable tickets to fly home to the US for Christmas. We knew that depending on when Sol was born, it was going to be a tight squeeze. As it stands we have about 8 weeks to get her Peruvian and US passports completed and in hand so we can all leave the country, and we don’t have to eat thousands of dollars in airfare.
Despite the fact that Stevie was still in recovery and Soleil was only days old, we headed out to start the process. The clocks ticking.
We knew it was going to be a tedious process. Hell, just pausing our vehicle permit took weeks and one hell of an effort (remember here). Lucky for us, our friends Royce and April had gone through it and provided us with a blueprint. (If you want a copy, email me).
The first step was to get her mug shot, which was needed for the next several steps, none of which included the actual passports.
Soleil took a great photo. We’ll share it when we have the passports in hand. It will look better.
From there we went to RENIEC to apply for her Acta de Nacimiento (Birth Certificiate) and Peruvian National ID Number (DNI). It was just us and about 75 of our closest friends. We didn’t even want to take Sol, but she was required to be there for a foot print identification. Fortunately we had Noni to help watch her while we waded through the red tape.
As a nomad, this is the kind of shit I live for. You have to embrace it. If you can’t handle these types of noodles, then you’ve got no business living on the road.
With the Acta de Nacimiento in hand, we were able to apply for the Peruvian National ID Card next. This will take about 2 weeks to receive, and after we have that we can apply for the Peruvian Passport. Simultaneously we will apply for the US passport. If all goes well, we will have both passports 2 weeks before we fly to the US. If things do not go well… then I guess it will be a lovely Christmas alone in Peru.
Other than tackling that mega mission, it’s been pretty low key for Sprinter Life. We’re spending every minute with Sol and loving it.
She has already outgrown the poodle bed, but I cut the wall off one end and now her long legs can hang over the edge. This might buy us another 2 weeks before we upgrade to the medium size dog bed.
In an effort to spend even more time with Soleil, we’ve hired Maria to come in and clean and shop a couple of times a week. Maria is amazing. She is from the mountains of Peru, but ended up in Lima as a teenager after the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) attacked her family. She watched the whole thing happen and only managed to escape by rolling into a ditch after they beat her. Her older sister was not so lucky and was killed. Maria went on to raise her sister’s orphaned children. Although she still cries when telling the story, and despite everything she has been through in her life, she still has a twinkling love in her eye and a warm generosity in her heart.
I swear, to hear these people’s stories always blows me the F#ck away.
FYI, I’m working on patching together the videos we took from Sol’s birth. I’m gonna make a little YouTube movie and post it on the blog. Don’t worry, I’ll edit out the real graphic stuff. Should have it ready in a couple of weeks.
That’s about it from Sprinter Life headquarters.