I don’t even know how to start this post. For eleven years my heart ached. For eleven years I had this hole inside of me. Even after I got married, had wonderful children and grew in my career and as a person.. nothing could really fill that space in my soul. My family and I moved to the US at the beginning of 2001. After a few months everyone seemed to adjust quickly but I found it very difficult to get through it day by day. I wanted to go home and cried every night quietly for almost a year. Right after I graduated from high school I finally was able to come back for a month in 2016. One of the most memorable summers of my life! Little did I know it was going to be another 11 years before I was able to come home again. Believe me when I say that I have lived countless of amazing experiences here in the US and I have met wonderful, kind people. I met my handsome husband in college and we now have two kids together! A 9 year old boy and an almost 8 year old little princess. Life has been so so good to me. I could write a book about all the things I am grateful for and all of the blessings I have received in my life. But home.. is home. My heart and soul can never truly embrace any other country as home except my own. My beautiful Peru.
My husband thought it was better if I went by myself without him and the kids first so that I could truly enjoy every second of my trip without any worries or responsibilities. For the next trip we are planning on all going together ( I cannot wait!). I felt guilty for taking a trip by myself but I also felt so excited to once again be back in Lima, Peru and to see all of the family I hadn’t seen in years! I really wanted to live life to the fullest during this trip. Because of that I felt like if I had brought my good camera I would be concerned about good lighting, the right angles, etc. So I decided to just use my good old I phone for when I wanted to snap quick pictures. And I’m so glad I did. I made hundreds of memories, eat ridiculous amounts of food, traveled, laughed until 2:30 in the morning and I felt so HAPPY that I wanted to cry everyday.
The ONLY foundation I brought to my trip. Light Wonder by Charlotte Tilbury.
How cute is my grandpa?! He fed me breakfast twice a day and offered me food 24/7
Grandma and I loved laying in her bed and talking about life and Novelas
I have been to many Cinemarks here in the US. But by far the best movie theater I have ever been to was in Peru. It was HUGE and super fancy!
With my other grandma! She is the happiest lady and loves her family so much!
Dad working on his photography skills
This is the view from the restaurant in Paracas. So breathtaking.
I went to 5 beaches in one day and each one was unique and beautiful. Such an incredible day full of adventures!
My dad really treated me like royalty during this trip. Thank you dad!
He also told me to be home by 9 or 10pm even though I’m 28 years old.. but we aren’t going to talk about that part 😉
I plan on coming home more often and I have a few projects I am working on so I can do a little bit of work and pleasure ( a lot of pleasure!) when I visit Peru next time. Coming home was exactly what I needed in my life. On the creative side of things, this trip inspired me in so many ways as well! Now it’s time to put those thoughts and ideas in to action.
ps: On a random note, Lima has AMAZING malls! You can find basically anything. Wishing I did a little bit more shopping while I was there. But there is always next time! 😉