Sunday, November 22, 2009

New Companion

My companion is really nice. She’s from Cordoba, Argentina. My comp goes home in 2 changes... so chances are she will stay here with me. I’m glad, she’s really nice.
We eat most days with a member. Each member has a day of the week. Our branch is small and we meet in a house converted into a chapel. It’s fairly large and looks like a church inside. We have a recent convert who is midget… and in a wheelchair… He’s really funny.
The people here always say... I’m not of this religion when we contact them... I always want to say... we know... that’s why we are talking to you. it’s sad how closed some people are, but we keep trying. My comp was telling me that recently this area was closed because it wasn’t having success... so who knows how long it will be open.

New Area: Carmen, Durazno, Uruguay

Carmen is in the middle of nowhere... the bus dropped us off with all my luggage and we were standing in front of a huge feild... its beautiful but small. We live on the edge of the town so our house looks out to the country...i love it. i can hear the birds and the wind. in melo there were a lot of loud motos and autos but here its almost a rarity. they ride horses more than cars i think... my comp showed me pictures of some cool animals they have here... big snakes, and crocodiles... the crocks were dead when she came across them so they had their heads all smashed in. yummy. we find random carcasses too... it's fun. The people here are very country. they all work in compaƱa and they all have a very specific way of dress... with bombachos or pants that kinda look like hammer pants... remember those - all small at the bottoms... well it's so they can put their pants in their tall boots. also they have banchos if its cold, and vests and hats that they wear off to one side.

Bathing a Dog

The other is a pic of us bathing the dog of our grandpa...he´s 94 years old and he always takes care of us. Some nights he´d be waiting in his door way for us to pass by and beckon us over to give us muffins or chorizzo or something! i´m really going to miss him. the other day we had fun sticking spoons on our noses and laughing for a while! This morning he helped us go to the bus stop and watch our bags... it started to rain really hard and we just laughed and waited. haha who knows how many years he has left but i´´m glad to have known him. He was recently baptized about a year ago, and has been alone without his wife for about 12. So we always visit, he´s our neighbor and so we pass him about 6 times aday!