After spending the weekend lazing around the neighborhood, I was antsy to get to the US embassy today. We had heard that they only receive visa applications on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but I was pretty sure that was for Peruvians wanting to immigrate/visit the US, and that US citizens adopting abroad were given priority. So I had both our lawyer and our agency try to contact someone to find out if there was a way we could do it sooner. As of late this morning, we still hadn't heard anything, and I decided to take J to the zoo.
We took a 45 minute taxi ride out there, and just as we got to the entrance gate, I received a call telling me that we'd been granted a 3 p.m. meeting at the embassy! We had exactly 2 hours to run through the zoo and eat before returning to the apartment.
It's so hot here, I quickly showered and changed. Just as I was expecting our lawyer to pick me up for the meeting, he called to tell me he was across town, collecting the certified copies of the abandonment decree from the judge. Luckily, the firm's driver was on his way to me with the packet for the embassy, even though he had somewhere else to be. J and I hopped a cab to the embassy, and got there just in time.
When returned home, our lawyer remembered we needed passport photos for the visa. We ran out to get them, but they said they needed an hour to process them, so J and I returned home again, only to return later to pick them up. We made the 20-minute walk over about two hours later, and the photos still weren't ready. I was unhappy because I know it only takes a few minutes, and they went ahead and processed them while we waited.
At that point it was late and we went to a nearby restaurant for dinner. We walked home, and it was all I could do to wait the half-hour until J's bedtime. I feel like I've been all over creation today.
We have J's embassy doctor's appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning. If everything goes well, all that will remain is our final visa interview. If there are no delays, we may be able to leave Peru by the end of the week!