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To Peru with love
Dedicated to Lily Gavi Espinoza

Submitted by Michael

I came across Lily's picture and personal ad on the Web last April. She was gorgeous! Her biography was very appealing also; I especially liked the part that read, "I enjoy cooking".

Lily lives in Lima, Peru. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The relationship started slowly, with the exchange of a letter and a photograph. Her inner beauty was readily apparent to me by the time I had finished reading her first letter.

We began trading email messages. I also sent her a videotape of me talking about my life, my family, and Minneapolis. Next came the phone call. Naturally we were worried about the ability to communicate. It turns out, however, that her English is very good because she teaches it.

I enjoy singing karaoke. So I mailed her a videotape of me singing, "Never Gonna Give You Up", by Rick Astley. Over the next several months I sang: "After the Lovin' " by Englebert Humperdink; "Dream" by The Everly Brothers; "La Bamba" by Richie Valens; "Cherish" by Bread; "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton; and most recently, "My One and Only Love" by Sting. Lily repeatedly tells me that I'm a wonderful singer. (I'm not).

Now it was September, and the emails and cards were flying back and forth. We wanted to meet, so I booked a flight to Lima and enrolled in a Spanish class.

I flew to Lima in early December; we had a fantastic week together (una semana fantastica!). Lily gave me a tour of the area and cooked some fantastic meals. We spent most of the week talking about our dreams, goals, values, likes, and dislikes.

We discovered that we like the same music. I asked her who her favorite singer is. She gave me a look that implied I had asked a stupid question and enthusiastically replied, "YOU!" I gave her such a big hug that, had she been a teddy bear, I would have squeezed out all of her stuffing.

We visited Lily's family. I taught her how to swing dance in her sister's living room; she taught me how to Tango. We laughed at how Lady, her sister's dog, growled at me whenever I got close to her. Lily is showing Lady videotapes of me every week, in the hope that Lady won't growl at me when I return. (Although Lady NOW growls at my image on the TV screen).

El Parque de Amor (the Park of Love) is a beautiful park in Peru that sits atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The park has a huge rock sculpture of a couple "making out." This is where I asked Lily to marry me. Lily's reply was a long one. I thought that perhaps she didn't understand that I was proposing to her. But eventually she got to "yes".

Lily and I will be married in Minneapolis in June. And destiny willing, we will honeymoon in Hawaii.


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