In terms of very first impressions, the airport was pretty straightforward, which was a relief after arriving in Yekaterinburg for the first time and feeling completely disoriented. The drive to our house, unfortunately, took two hours (note to future visitors: don't arrive during rush hour). But the house itself is amazing. I ran through it like a kid at Disneyland our first night here. The yard is gorgeous, and we have more than enough room for company.
|Our backyard on a sunny day.|
That being said, it definitely has a few quirks, as all houses do. The washer and dryer are outside, for one thing, which is already proving to be an inconvenience. There is a ton of dust here and when it combines with the drizzle, it makes a real mess. All of our floors are white. All of our walls are white. And I'm considering updating Will's wardrobe to all brown, because when he crawls around here he is instantly filthy. We also have these beautiful glass doors along the entire back of the house, but there is nary a screen to be found, so we can't leave them open thanks to those bugs I mentioned. But these are all minor inconveniences.
|This giant bug, for example, managed to make his way inside.|
The embassy and school are both fabulous, which is super exciting coming from a post that had neither. The food is as amazing as we were led to believe, and we haven't even scratched the varnish on the surface of the restaurant scene here. Every time I crack open an avocado I want to weep with joy. In addition to the very American-esque grocery stores, there are fruit and vegetable markets with a huge variety. Lima doesn't feel nearly as foreign as Yekaterinburg did, so far. The people are very friendly and helpful, and they absolutely adore Will. I plan to exploit this as much as possible.
|I'm pretty sure I didn't see a plantain, pineapple, or coconut in Russia, ever.|
|Perfect avocados, every time.|
|My Spanish name shall be Maria Ruiz. Because spelling Rutherford is a pain in any language.|
|John wasted no time getting on his bike and exploring over the hill.|
I'm sure I'm forgetting something, so feel free to ask questions in the comments. And visitors, start planning your trips! We're already booked for August ;)