Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Back to the beginning

Until now, we never really knew what happened between Sally leaving Mallorytown and arriving in California. However, we just received a package from Lakin, who tells us what happened at the very beginning of Flat Sally's trip. Read on for details.

(You'll notice that the faces of all the kids have been erased. That's to protect their privacy, since they and their parents haven't had a chance to say whether or not they want their pictures online.)

October 14th, 2008
We left Mallorytown and we went to Ottawa for a few hours to pick up Mila. Then I took Flat Sally to Lennoxville to visit my family.

October 15th, 2008
Today Flat Sally and I relaxed while we visited my family.

October 16th, 2008
Today me and Flat Sally spent the afternoon with Grandma and her friend.

October 17th, 2008
Today me and Flat Sally relaxed at the house.

October 18th, 2008
We left from Lennoxville and went to Matane. When we got to Matane, we went to McDonalds, and I took Flat Sally in the playplace.

October 19th, 2008
We left from Matane and we took the ferry and drove to Sept-Iles. At Sept-Iles, me and Flat Sally went to see my cousin Colby.

October 20th, 2008
Me and Flat Sally had a sleepover at my cousin Colby's house.

October 21st, 2008
Flat Sally and I did some crafts today.

October 22nd, 2008
Today we drove from Sept-Iles to Natashquan. At Natashquan we stayed at a hotel.

October 23rd, 2008
From Natashquan we got on the boat to go home.

October 24th, 2008
This morning we arrived at La Tabatière, my home. Flat Sally and I went to see my cousins.

October 25th, 2008
Ocean, Bianca, Flat Sally and I played outside all day.

October 26th, 2008
Dad and family took Flat Sally and I to my winter cabin. A bear had ripped the plastic and opened the door to our cabin.

October 27th, 2008
On Monday me and Flat Sally played in my playhouse.

October 28th, 2008
I took Flat Sally into my school, and showed her to my class and to my teacher.

October 29th, 2008
Today we got Flay Sally ready to go to California. Good bye Flat Sally and everyone.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sally spends January in Peru with her friend Erasmo

Sally has spent January in Lima with Erasmo and his family, and loved every minute of it. He celebrated his birthday on January 16th, and Sally was the very first person to wish him many happy returns. Here she is, the night before his birthday. She's admiring Erasmo's Pisco Sour; she would have liked to have one too, but Erasmo reminded her that she's much too young to have anything with alcohol in it. Sally had fruit juice instead.

Erasmo's mom and sisters have joined everybody in this photo - doesn't this look like a happy way to celebrate?

Here we see Sally with Erasmo's birthday cake the next day. It looks delicious! You can also see the rest of his birthday lunch, which featured duck and ceviche and a nice bottle of wine. (Again, Sally had a nice glass of fruit juice, but Erasmo let her have a sip out of his glass, just to try it. She liked the fruit juice better.)

Here are some more pictures of Erasmo's family during his birthday lunch. You can see his cousin Roberto and his Aunt Mary on the left. Aunt Mary is working on a new outfit for Sally; Sally is trying everything on to make sure it fits properly before Aunt Mary finishes hemming.
Here's a picture of everybody around the birthday table. You can see Erasmo's mom Lilia, his sister Liriola, his Aunt Mary, his sister Lucía, his aunt María Esther, his uncle and his cousin (both named Roberto).

Next, Erasmo took Sally to visit the Magic Circuit: a whole series of fountains, all lit up night so it looks like a fairy playground. Sally got soaking wet, of course, but had a wonderful time running through the spray. After that she was a little chilly, and had to put on her coat and hat to warm up a little.

The labrynth was her favourite place; from this picture it looks as if every kid in Lima is running through the spray!

The circuit is even mentioned in the Guiness Book of World Records.

Erasmo also took Sally to visit the main plaza in Lima. As you can see, Aunt Mary finished Sally's new outfit in time for the occasion. The little bag is exactly what she needed: she's carrying her sunblock in it, along with some emergency money. She also has some emergency phone numbers, some candies given to her by Erasmo's mom, and, most importantly, her passport.

The yellow building is the Presidential Palace, and you can see the cathedral as well. In Latin America, all the most important buildings are built around the edge of a plaza. Sometimes the plaza looks like a little park, and sometimes it is mostly paved or cobbled.

Now, Sally's getting ready to fly to Brazil to visit Vanda. She needs her yellow fever shot, but after that she's good to go. She's really going to miss Erasmo and his family, though!