Houston, we are clear for takeoff. We now have in our possession both of Soleil’s passports. She officially has duel citizenship in Peru and the United States Of America, and she can leave the country at will.
It was a long process, but actually easier than we thought it would be when we started back in October (remember that post here).
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Below, me and Sol posted up outside the US Embassy in Lima waiting for our appointment.
It was a lot of running around and lots of applications. But in true Sprinter Life fashion, we got ‘er done.
Below, Sol gets her first, and hopefully last, finger printing. I didn’t even know babies had finger prints.
I don’t think Sol’s passport photos are gonna win any beauty contests, but I’m just proud of her for not erupting in tears when the woman tried to pry her eyes open with a pencil.
Here she is, a citizen of Peru…
And of the USA… (don’t ask about the green jacket!)
We’ve got the passports and we’re ready to leave!
So here is our plan:
We’ll be here in Lima for a couple more weeks. On December 14th we fly to the US for 3 weeks to enjoy the holidays with family. We’ll be spending time in LA, Hood River, and Seattle. When we fly back to Peru after the new year we’ll begin the process of un-pausing our vehicle permit and getting the van ready to travel. If all goes well we’ll be back on the road mid to late January. Our tentative plan is to surf our way down the coast all the way into northern Chile to catch the end of their summer surf season. Then we’ll pop back into southern Peru for some early season whitewater kayaking before looping down into Bolivia.
Stoked does not even begin to describe how I’m feeling!