We arrived home on Sunday evening and had arranged for one of our Peruvian friends, Teresa Melendez, to make an authentic Peruvian meal for us to eat when we got home from the airport. It was delicious!
There were less than 48 hours left for us to be together. We had to take full advantage :)
Monday morning the kids went back to school and we went downtown for a bit of a tour. We stopped at Cerro Santa Lucia, a hill in the middle of the city that was a historic fort. The hill is a remnant of a 15 million year old volcano :)
When we climbed all of the way up to the lookout at the top of Santa Lucia, we looked over and saw all of these people on the roof of a building, releasing balloons. Timed that just perfectly!
A little shopping in the side of the hill was in order.
Making friends wherever we go :)
Oh yes, don't worry. We hit all of the shops across the street as well. Gotta have souvenirs before heading home!
We managed to fit in a dinner at Tiramisu which is always a highlight no matter what we are celebrating!
Love them with all of my heart.
And with the remaining moments we went back to our favorite spots and bought the must-haves that would be put in suitcases all too soon.
Ah! That face! Can't get enough of it.
Did I squeeze too much in?!!! At least they got a much needed nap on the way to pick the kids up from school. Kate and Jake were, yet again, a bit bummed they missed out on the Monday and Tuesday fun, so we decided we needed to introduce Momo and BG to our favorite frozen yogurt place in the La Dehesa Mall to make up for it.
On our way there, Mom and I found some pretty cool must-haves ;) Haha! I'd be pushing 7 feet tall in these things!!! And people literally do where them here! It's crazy! I'll take my flip flops, thanks!
I think the yogurt worked. It put a smile on all of our faces :)
That evening as the sun set, we all sat out on our roof and looked at our Lo Barnechea and beyond backyard one last time before we headed to the airport. Spectacular. It was a beautiful, spring, evening. And it summed up exactly how I felt about Mom and Dad's experience down here with us. I couldn't have asked for it to have been more perfect. They were able to see every aspect of our Chilean life and what we've been doing for almost 3 years. They saw the beauty, the adventure, the hilarious, the ridiculous, the frustration, the sadness, the wonderful, the love. And even though I would miss them like crazy, I felt good about letting them go, knowing they got a true taste of this thing we like to call the expat life.