Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm Not Perfect, But It's OK



Here are your questions:

1.  Last week you sent pictures of a dog sitting with you on a mattress.  Who was that dog?

Ok, that was Rascal. I was sick, so we went home early, right? So, I pulled a mattress out into the main room and was lying down on it. This was during the second to last mundial (World Cup) game, and they had just won, so Hermana Pin opened the door to see outside and Rascal ran into our apartment and sat on my mattress. See how happy he looks? He never looks that happy. We had to pull the matress out into the hallway to get him out, he's so heavy. Yeah, so that's Rascal trying to live with us.

2.  Are you truly all better now?  No more illness?  I looked up the grippe and it seems that it is another name for the flu.  I hope you are all well!

Yup, all good. There's still a little mucus and every now and then I cough a little, but I´m all good. No fevers, no sickness, no nada (nothing). I´m finally better! It was one of my weekly goals to feel better ha ha.

3.  Dad wants to know if there is a state of general depression in Argentina since they lost the World Cup?

Hahaha Yeah there was. People were crying. Maybe its because I'm from the States, but I don't see the big deal, it's just a game. I think people are getting over it now.

4.  Tell me about the girl that was baptized.  You sent pictures of her last week.

Camila. She has 9 años (she is 9 years old), and her dad is an activo (member of the church), and the rest of her family are menos activos (members but don't go to church). Her mom wants to return to church, and wanted her daughter to get baptized, so we started teaching her. Honestly, I feel like I did nothing for this baptism. Her mom has been coming to church now. We have almuerzo (lunch) with her family tomorrow, actually. But yeah, Camila is sweet. Kind of shy but she laughs at me a lot, which is usually a good thing. I´m trying to crack jokes here and she's the only person who thinks I´m funny.  I think - ha ha!

5.  I thought the pictures that you sent last week of the drawings made by children were cute.  Do you find it easier to talk to children?

Yeah, because children actually talk to me. Sometimes adults find out I´m having trouble with the language or that I don't understand too well and only talk to Hna. Pin. Children don't care and just keep on trying. That was a card that one of the niñas (girls) in the ward made for me because I was sick. Could you see the TV? I think I´m watching General Conference in the picture - ha ha!

6.  Do children at church like the missionaries in Argentina like they do in Warner Robins?

Oh yeah, they are always drawing us stuff and showing us things and telling us stuff. 

7.  You sent pictures last week of something cooking - looked kind of like a thick pancake with corn.  What was that?

That was tortas fritas, or fried bread. It was squash, not corn. Its basically flour, oil, and salt mixed together and fried. One week we had no money so we ate tortas fritas a bunch because its cheap and easy and pretty good. We like to add the squash for a little bit of very subtle flavor. This is one of those things that everyone eats here. They eat it with mate, which is this tea that everyone drinks here. I´ll explain that later.

8.  What was the most important thing you learned this week?

That I´m not ever gonna be perfect, but its OK. I feel like God is proud of how hard we´re working right now. 

9.  When are the next transfers?

August 9. I have absolutely no idea if I'm staying or leaving. Hna Pin thinks she's staying again. She's been here since January. I think she's leaving.

10.  You said you want us to send you marshmallows.  Why?

You can't really buy them here, and if you get lucky and find some obscure store that sells them then I think it's really expensive. I got a package of peanut butter and jello from Granni! THANKS GRANNI!!!!!

11.  Have you gotten your haircut in Argentina yet?  If so, what was it like?

Nope, I´m doing the whole "grow your hair out on the mission" thing here. It's so windy that it's just easier to have longer hair so you can braid it and stuff. I literally have the shortest hair in our zone, mom. Everyone out here has long hair or really short, boyish cuts.

12.  Did anything unusual happen this week?

Nope, but our investigator Nestor has decided that he wants to be baptized and he knows that this is the Church of Jesus Christ and feels ready. So we´re working now to finish all the lessons and get him ready for baptism. His wife isn't ready yet, and we´re working hard with her to help her find an answer. Nestor has family in the church who are crazy happy about this, and I´m scared she's going to feel pressured to join when she hasn't found her testimony yet.  Nestor was the first person I taught here in Argentina

13.  What was the best thing you learned from your studies this week?

I was reading in Jesus the Christ about how he talked to that Samaritan woman, and then she told her town about him and they believed he was the Christ and then he stayed with them for two days.  The seeds he planted during that time were probably why in the later years there were so many baptisms from the Samaritans. I was thinking about this. I´m probably not going to have a billion baptisms, but what's important is that I´m planting these seeds and helping people prepare. Have I told you about Hna Pin's story? She literally leaves a trail of baptisms everywhere she goes, but she always leaves before the baptisms. She's the picture of success without a ton of numbers to show for it.

14.  What was the best/worst thing you ate this week?

OK, I´ve told you about asada, right? The thing that's like barbecue but no sauce and basically more fat than meat, right? Yeah, so we had that and it was good, but I wish there was more meat and less fat, and we also had carne (meat), raisin, and onion empanadas, which was really, really good. I love empanadas.

The worst thing was yesterday. We think it was cow intestine. It was terrible, and I was able to eat one, but it was weird. The outside tasted like pork rinds, and the inside had this gray mush filling stuff that was gross. Yeah. . . it was an experience. I don't know if it was fried or grilled. Probably fried.

15.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

This isnt really funny, but yesterday was Dia del Amiga, which, according to Hna. Pin, they celebrate more than Christmas out here. I had so much cake yesterday - ha ha. People kept giving us cake. 
Oh, and there is this niño in our ward named Marcos. He has maybe two years. I mean he's two years old. Whoa, whats happening to my English?! Anyways, he is CRAZY. Every time we visit his house he's doing something weird. We passed by the other day and he sees us, runs to the back of the house, grabs a pillow, hides behind it and walks up behind me to scare me. It's just funny. He's always showing us his shoes or running around the chapel "stealing" hymn books in sacrament meeting.

16.  What are you doing for your p-day this week?

After this we are walking back to the house, making empandas for almuerzo and building a mattress fort.

Sorry, I can't really send pictures this week. Is Alan's birthday this week? If so, happy birthday to him!

Keep writing and know that I love you all! I thnk about yáll a lot. I love hearing all the updates and everything!! I write you guys letters every pday and I´m going to send them as soon as I can!
Love,
Amy



Monday, July 14, 2014

Feeling Better

Taking my medicine


1.  My goal in writing letters to you is for you to receive at least one letter from me each week.  Has this been happening at all?  I have no idea how international mail works as far as regularity.

 No, I don't get letters every week, but when I do get letters from you I get 3 to 5 at once, which I like. I got 5 from you this past week (probably because I was sick and couldn't receive any the week before) and one of them was one of the first ones you sent to Argentina that got sent to Bermuda, ahaha!

2.  Last week you said you caught a "beetle", or a bad cold.  What the heck does "beetle" mean?  Is it some sort of Spanish slang?

Ok, so it turns out I actually had gripe which is. . . I don't know but its only supposed to last for 7 days, but mine was worse and longer because I wasn't accustomed to all this stuff. I officially stopped having fevers Thursday and right now I´m perfectly normal. Beetle is like catching a bug, you know? But they don't call it a bug, they call it beetle. I don't like the doctors here. The only doctor that was any help was the mission doctor, who is a gringo and actually knows what he's doing.

3.  You went to the doctor when you were sick.  What was that like?  Was it similar to a doctor's visit in the US?

It took two days to be able to see someone, the offices are dirty and dumpy, and they didn't treat me. They looked at me and were like "take some ibuprofen and inhale vapors". Which didn't help at all. The mission doctor was way more helpful. He didn't even look at me and he diagnosed me over the phone, told us what medicines to get, and now I´m better.

4.  You said it took two days to be seen.  What did you do - sign up on a list?  Did you have to wait in the office for a long period of time?

We had to get there at 7 in the morning, wait forever, and yeah, sign up for a list. It's first come, first served and the list fills up fast and they didn't take anyone after 12. 

5.  Were they able to give you any medicine to help?  If so, what sort of medicine did they give you?

Ibuprofen from the Argentine doctor. "Qura Plus y mucosuajdflk" and something from the mission doctor.

6.  I am going to try to send you a padded envelope while I am in Maryland with Dad.  Do you have any requests?  Hermana Saunders said she received an email from the mission secretary in response to her email asking if parents could send packages to their missionaries.  The response said that padded envelopes weighing no more than 4 pounds would be OK.  They said not to send things like peanut butter and beef jerky!  So, are there any small, light things that you would like?

Could you try sending me marshmallows? Or chocolate? or socks!!!!!!!!!! I don't know why we didn't bring more socks. The good kind, for boots and stuff. I hear if you send things with tampons it's less likely to be stolen.

7.  I talked with Fernando (Amy's step-grandfather) about the mundial (World Cup).  He has been watching games. (He said Geema doesn't like the games - no surprise there!  Ha ha!)   Costa Rica (Fernando is from Costa Rica) made it to the final 8 teams so he was excited about that.  I asked him who he thought would win the final game (Germany vs. Argentina) and he said, "Alemania" (Germany) without any hesitation.  I'm sure you will know by now if Argentina won or not.  You may have heard that Germany beat Brazil in the semi-final 7-1 - Brazil was humiliated!  So - any last thoughts or observations from you on the World Cup and what it was like to be there in a country playing in the final game?

Yeah, when I heard about the Germany Brazil game I knew Germany was going to beat Argentina. The people acted the same like every other game, but this time when they lost they weren't singing in the streets, they were just crying and going home all quietly. 
Funny story, some people here think I´m from Germany, including one of my investigators. We dont know why they think this, but we´ve decided that I probably should talk a little less so that they don't hate me on sight for being ¨German¨.

8.  Did you have any investigators or menos activos at church this week?  If so, tell me about at least one of them.

Our investagators Nestor y Julieta! They´re a couple and they´ve been investigating for a long time. We´ve had some really, really good lessons. Nestor is sick and he got a blessing this past Sunday and he cried afterwards. They really liked church and they are both really trying now to learn if this is true. 

9.  What was the most profound thing you learned this week?

Ok, I know this isn't something profound, but I had an experience. We were going to have this lesson with Nestor and Julieta in the church and watch a movie about Christ, but mom, we forgot the movie. So, we sat them down and apologized and Nestor was mad, but then we had the best lesson of our life and afterwards Nestor was really happy that we had the lesson. The Spirit was so strong and they accepted a date to be baptized ( doesn't mean that they´re getting baptized yet but it's progress). It was just cool to see that God had other plans for this lesson and made us forget the movie so we could teach what they needed more.

10.  The weather seems to be holding steady, according to my app on my phone.  By this I mean that it seems to be highs in the 50's and lows in the 30's to 40's.  No super cold (like in the 10's or even zero) yet.  Do you think this might be as cold as it will get there?   Are you getting used to the cold?

 I´m pretty used to the cold now, and the people say its supposed to get colder in August.

11.  Tell me about a district or zone meeting you had this week.  If you had one.

We had a zone meeting, and honestly, I don't remember much because I didn't understand much and I kinda had a fever and just did my best to keep my eyes open. Hna Parreño spoke about keeping things sacred and how our dress and speech keep things sacred.

12.  What is the most useful Spanish word that you have learned this week?

"parese" which means ¨looks like¨. So when I need to say things like" it looks like its going to rain", "you look sick", or "you look like your dad", I can use that word.

13.  How is your Spanish comprehension coming along?

 A lot better. I understand the most part of things now, but I still don't understand everything. It's hard when people speak to me directly, because they expect immediate responses, but I´m getting better. It's hard to respond quickly and normally sometimes.

14.  When you and Hermana Pin are walking around do you feel as though people stare at you because you look like a foreigner?

 Hermana Pin looks more like a foreigner, but most of the time people thing I´m Argentine until I speak.

15.  Do people there seem to like Americans or do they hate them?  Or have you not noticed any like/dislike from anyone there?

Yeah, people don't like Americans. It's funny because they like to talk about our politics, like they know what's going on and what's best for us (one guy tried to tell us how great Hillary Clinton was and literally Hermana Pin and I just looked at each other and laughed.)  But really they have no idea. I think it's funny how much they care about our politics and stuff. People arent mean to us or anything because we´re Americans, but you can tell they have lots of pride in their country. 

16.  What was the best/worst thing you ate this week?

It wasn't that we ate anything weird this week, or that we eat tons of weird food, but it's just that we ate a ton. I got to try asaga, the meat of Argentina. It's like barbecuewithout barbecue sauce, and it's cut different. It's pretty good. This family fed us so much food one night, it was an almuerzo-sized (lunch sized) dinner. You can't imagine how much food we have to eat at almuerzos, mom. It's insane. I don´t know how I'm losing weight here.

17.  Did you cook anything wonderful this week?

Biscuits :) This is my second time. Success each time, but our oven is weird so I have to flip them all the time.

18.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

So It rained a lot this week and Hna Pin doesn't have rain boots. This is bad because the streets flood and some of them are like small rivers. So, at one point we had to cross one of these rivers- I could do it because I had the boots, but Hna Pin couldn't, so I took our stuff across, after doing a test cross to make sure its not too deep for my boots, then carried Hna Pin across on my back. Pioneer moments haha.

Yeah about adjusting to the mission life: I don't stress a ton about the language, I don't get super homesick. I had the worst day of my mission last Thursday (so far) because I had a dream that made me really homesick, the most homesick of my mission so far, I was cold, it was raining, and nobody wanted to talk, but even then I was still OK. My worst days aren't even that bad. I´m like the weirdo missionary that is just crazy about working. I just don't really have problems.


It is cold in the apartment

This girl got baptized


This picture had no explanation....

Translation:  Sister Eubanks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Translation:  I hope you feel better soon - the best missionary a ward could ever have.  I love you.  With love, Luci

Not sure what this is


Monday, July 7, 2014

"Look! Cookies!"



Well, here are your weekly questions:

1.  I saw in your pictures that you don't appear to have a table in your apartment to eat at.  What's up with that?

Yeah, we usually eat on the floor, or on my desk since it has the most room for eating. Lame, right? But usually we don´t eat a lot in the apartment. In the mornings we eat at our desks, then we usually have almuerzo (lunch) at someone's house, and we just stand and eat in the kitchen at night since we don't have tons of time before bed.

2.  How often do you have divisions with the Sister Training Leaders?  Are there only two Sister Training Leaders for your mission or are there more?

I think there are 4 for the mission, and its pretty unusual to do divisions with them. They pick the divisions depending on if the companionship is having some kind of problem or if the leaders just feel like a companionship needs to have a little help or if the spirit just tells them to have divisions. It's not an "everyone gets a turn" thing or a scheduled thing. Hermana Pin thinks after this transfer one of the Sister Training Leaders will be my new companion, I think she's crazy, haha. I think I´ll get a Latina.

3.  When was the last time you saw your mission president in person and what happened?

Maybe a month ago? We had a surprise meeting with him. The office called Hna. Pin and told her to call Presidente (President), and then he told us to stop by, so we did, and talked about ideas and asked for advice. That was pretty unusual. I don't think most people see the Presidente outside of interviews which are about once every three months.

4.  Does your mission president send you an email reply every week?  You email him every week, right?  Does he send you a personal email or does he send out a mission-wide email?

He never replies, but he usually sends out a short mission-wide spiritual thought email. I always read them. Sometimes its only in Spanish, and sometimes its in English and Spanish.

5.  What sort of things do you talk about in your email to the mission president?  Does it all have to be in Spanish or can you write in English?

I write everything in Spanish, but sometimes I throw in some English words. He speaks English but not very well. He's not super fluent, you know? Anyways, I just talk about my week. The stuff we did, the spiritual experiences I had. How I´m doing. Basic stuff.

6.  Did anything unusual happen this week?

Yeah, I was sick this whole week. I had a fever on Tuesday, then it went away but I caught a "beetle" (not sure what that word is) or a really bad cold, so I was sort of house bound until Saturday. I worked some half-days, but we decided that since I wasn't doing too great it was best if we worked from home and I slept a lot. I´m better now, but being sick in another country isn't super fun. We went to the doctor because Hna Parreño (the Mission President's wife)  told us to go and they wouldn't take us because I didn't have an Argentine ID. I brought the copy of my passport, though, and eventually someone looked at me. It was the only time I was happy for free healthcare - haha - but on the downside it took us 2 days to get me checked because of the waiting-list-first-come-first-served thing. LAME.
But don't worry, I´m fine.

7.  What was the best experience you had this week?

So, I was lying in bed thinking about doing contacts, then I realized that the only things I really think about when I try to sleep here are hymns, lessons, contacts, my investigators, and God. Literally, those are the things I think about the most. I realized just how amazing it is to be a missionary. I have the opportunity to leave all of the distractions of the world behind and devote all of my time to GOD. It's awesome. I´ve never felt so happy like this before. I´ve never felt closer to my Savior than now. I was thinking about how I only have 15 more months of this and how I have got to treasue this time because it's never coming back. I´ll never get this again.
Oh, and a lady gave me a free limon (lemon) for my throat when I was sick.

8.  Does it seem to rain a lot there?

Nah. Maybe once every few weeks, but less than in Georgia. Rain is the worst here, because nobody goes to church if its raining.

9.  Have you noticed the two Magellanic Clouds in the night sky?  They are two dwarf galaxies and they say they are quite visible in the southern hemisphere.  I know you probably don't do much star-gazing, but I'm still wondering if you've seen them.  By the way, the Southern Cross is the most famous constellation (I think) in the southern hemisphere.  Some bright stars form a cross...up in the sky...supposed to be somewhat easy to find....have you seen it?  lol

Nope, can you send me pictures of these things or something so I can look for them?

10.  Have you seen any sloths?  I saw a picture from an Elder in Bolivia who was holding a young sloth! (Amy has always, for some reason, loved sloths)

MAN I WISH!!!! There are no trees here so there are no sloths :(

11.  What was the most profound thing you have learned this week?

That many are called but few are chosen. Study that one in the scriptures, its pretty good. It's like lots of people are given opportunities but only few will receive the blessings. . . or. . . wait, OK I´ll explain this better when I understand it better.

12.  What was the best/worst food that you ate this week?

Best: This chicken with a salad and this squash potato thing. Honestly, anything that wasn't Milanesa (Italian?) or noodles with sauce was delicious. One of the grosser things that I ate was this bean stew, which wasn't that bad, but the lady cooking it put scrambled eggs on top and it didn't help the meal that much. The grossest thing was this limon honey water drink thing that Hna. Pin made for my throat. She made me drink it all. It was GROSS.

13.  Was there anything strange or unusual that you bought this week?

Well, this isn't strange or anything, but I discovered that I can buy 50 cough drops for 10 pesos, which is a little bit more than one American dollar. Oh, and we bought this weird squash thing and Malta, which is like hot chocolate, but it's not chocolate - its wheat. We drink it with milk. First time I tried it it was gross but now I like it.

14.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

Ok, so we´re walking to church yesterday morning. It rained the night before so there's mud everywhere. So, we´re walking and I slipped and fell in the mud, haha, but right as I fell I saw three of the biggest chickens I've ever seen in my life. And you just don't see chickens that much out here so I got all excited. So I said, "Mira! Galletas! Oops, I mean gallinas!"which means "Look! Cookies! Oops, I mean chickens!" And Herman Pin is like "Hermana, you just fell and you have mud all over your knees and all you care about are a bunch of gallinas?"

Yeah, so this week was pretty lame because I couldn't do much, but I´m all good now and I´m rocking it in Argentina! The mundial (World Cup) is almost over so I´m happy for that.  (Argentina is one of the final four teams still playing in the World Cup)  Tell everyone I love them!  I miss you all but its cool to see all the blessings you´re getting by me being out here. Keep sending the updates and tell me when we move so I can change all the address on the letters I've been writing. I have been writing, but since I have a bunch of American stamps I´m gonna give my letters to a returning missionary to mail in the U.S. That's a really popular thing to do.  So, I know that's a bit of a wait, but its really complicated to mail letters to the US from here and I´m gonna avoid it for as long as possible.

You´re gonna be upset again, because I forgot my camera again this time. . . . sooooorrrrryyyy.....I had some good pictures, too. Sorry, this week has been kind of hectic.

Love,
Amy


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's a Bunch of Little Things



Note from Mom:  I am late in posting this week because we were out of town.

OK, here are your questions:

1.  Ever since last week I keep thinking about the Hermanas who were robbed twice in one day!  What do the robbers do when they rob someone?  Do they have a weapon?  You said a 12 year old and a 15 year old robbed them.  I am just trying to imagine what a 12 year old would do to rob someone.

 I haven’t been robbed, so I have no idea what robbers do. The first guy who robbed them had a gun, so they gave him their phone and 2 pesos and walked away. I feel like if a bunch of 12 and 15 year olds tried to rob me without a weapon, I would just laugh and walk away.

2.  Have you been robbed?  Have you had any creepy feelings about going certain places or about certain people?

Nope. But there are times when I feel like we shouldn’t walk down certain streets, or when we´re in an area and I feel like we should leave. Plus, on my map I have all the really dangerous places marked so we don´t go there at night. We always listen to our feelings though, and my area is pretty safe as long as I stay in the right areas. Don’t worry haha!

3.  When are the next transfers?  Do you think either you or Hermana Pinnock will be transferred or do you normally stay with your trainer until you finish the 12-week training program?

 Transfers were last Saturday. I´m with Hna Pin for another transfer! I´m so happy! This is what I wanted. I'm still in the same area, too. 

4.  I saw on two other Argentina mission blogs that they call the missionaries who are returning home after their missions are over “Los Fieles” (the faithful) and the new missionaries just arriving “Los Refuerzos” (the reinforcements).  Do they use those same terms in your mission?

Not that I know of, but I like that. I´m gonna start using that haha.

5.  Has your mission had a visit from a General Authority yet?

Not since I’ve been here.

6.  Who is your district leader and what is he like?

Elder Ben.   He’s super, super tall. I´m talking Elder Jones tall, mom (Elder Jones was in our ward and was about 6’9”).  He’s a funny guy and I can tell he’s trying really hard to help us have success.  Honestly, Elders and Sisters don’t really bond in this mission so I don’t know him super well. I do know his companion better, though.  His name is Elder Brod and he is a newbie like me.

7.  Evan wants to know if your armpit hair has grown back yet.

Yup, waxed it Sunday morning.

8.  Have you been able to perform any acts of service this week?  Do you always ask the members if there is anything you can do for them, and do they always say no? (The missionaries in our ward once told us that they wished people would let them help, but every time they asked if there was anything they could help with the answer would be, "No, but thanks for asking".  They said they would love the opportunity to put on some jeans and do some work.  We actually let them work in our yard with us a few times, even though at first I felt a little bad about it, and they did seem to enjoy it!)

 Not this week and yeah, they always say no.  I´m going to stop offering and just serve them.

9.  What was the most amazing spiritual experience you had this week.

This is a tough one.  Have I told you about the “it’s a bunch of little things” conversation Hna Pin and I had?  We were talking about testimonies and how you get them.  I don´t have a testimony of this gospel because I had some grand vision, I have a testimony because of a bunch of small things.  I´ll read a verse in the Book of Mormon and know it’s true.  I´ll see someone destroy themselves from not keeping the commandments and know that this gospel is true.  I´ll feel the Spirit when I pray or talk to people or read and know this is true.  It’s not uncommon for us to be walking in the streets and just randomly say “This gospel is so true”!  Also this morning I was reading Ether 12 (in the Book of Mormon), so go read that and all the amazing stuff about faith.  Oh, and also this week I tried to start having more effective prayers, so I found the part in Preach my Gospel Chapter 4 about praying and I just took it with me to my nightly prayer and followed the guidelines. Wow, I don´t think I´ve had a personal prayer with so much power before. The Spirit was obvious.

10.  Tell me about someone you met this week.  How did you meet them?  What happened during the meeting?

I met Hermana Mart, another missionary.  We had divisions again this week, and I was with this chica de Honduras (girl from Honduras).  She has the coolest accent.  Anyways, I lived with her for a day, and that was our meeting.  We talked to lots of people and I wish I could say I know tons about her now, but I don´t because it was a little hard to understand her.  She helped me understand how I can use the Book of Mormon in lessons more, though.  

11.  Who teaches the Gospel Principles class in your ward?  Are there usually many people in the class?

 Hermana Leal, the daughter of Hermano Leal, is the teacher. We usually have maybe five or six people in the class. 

12.  Tell me about one of the people who feeds you each week.

La Familia Riv.  This is the family of the bishop.  They usually give us food to take and eat in our casa since they don’t have a huge amount of time.   I have eaten with them once, though.  They have lots of kids!  The family is pretty big on helping us out, partially because they have a family member on a mission.  Like Hna Mart, I can’t describe the people here too well because I can’t understand them much.

13.  What was the best/worst thing you ate this week? 

This week we had this tarta, which was like a chicken pot pie but without the chicken, just vegetables.  It was sooooooooo good.  It was maybe the size of a pizza and about as thick as a pizza too.  Hermana Pin and I ate the whole thing.  I think we were happy to have something that wasn’t carne (meat).  I know that seems extreme how we ate that much, but when you think about it, we only have almuerzo (lunch), no dinner and hardly any breakfast. 

The grossest thing was sausage.  I like American sausage, but here it’s not all super ground up, so there’s noticeable chunks of who knows what and it’s gross.  I was going to try and avoid eating it, but the lady serving us just slapped a huge piece on my plate and it’s rude to not eat everything here, so I just had to force it down.

14.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

Hna Pin fell out of a chair.  She was trying to move the seat over, and just fell right out.  Also, these two dogs that we´ve named "Robert" and "Sexy" like to follow us.  They wait for us outside stores, and literally follow us everywhere.  It’s great because they chase off mean dogs sometimes!

15.  Do you know if it ever snows there?  Just wondering.

I don’t think so.

Sorry I don't have any pictures this week.  I can't figure out how to use this computer.

I love you all!

Amy