I'm a little frustrated right now, I was about half way through writing this when I accidentally closed out of the page and lost it all :/ So here we go! Part two starts now.
I feel like I missed a lot from yesterday even though I posted twice. It's all a blur though. My big event was moving from the Rodriguez's guest room into my new shared room. I have the top bunk, and it was tough making the bed, considering that there's about a foot of space between the top of the bare mattress and the ceiling. I have two drawers, three hangers, and a shelf in the bathroom for my things. I've gotten really creative with space! This'll help a lot when I go off to college, I'll be a pro! I didn't sleep well at all, and I think it's because of another big change. A new room, shared with two girls I hardly know and who don't speak English. I'm thankful that God is giving me the strength to handle this!
This morning, I was up early again. It's hard not to be up early, since the sun rises at 5:30 here. I went upstairs for breakfast. Since the jovenes haven't been around much, there's hardly any food left in the kitchen. I'm pretty sure that rice is all that's there at this point. So until we get out to get groceries, I'm eating with the Rodriguez's.
Sandy invited me to go on her weekly walk with a couple of her other missionary friends, and I'm so glad I went! It was nice to meet new people and, honestly, speak English and not have to constantly be embarrassed about how poor my Spanish is (I've definitely been struggling with this). We went uphill for a long time, it seems like halfway up the mountain! It was refreshing though, the air was clearer, the houses are beautiful, and it was so quiet! At the top of our walk, we stopped and looked down the mountain. We were so high up, that we were eye level with the planes that were landing and taking off. Sandy said that I can go higher, and be able to see the tops of the planes. That hike is DEFINITELY on my to-do list. One of Sandy's friends, Rebecca, suggested a Spanish tutor for me if I ever felt behind or like I need help. My basis in Spanish is good enough at this point, but I can definitely change my mind later on. This was also reassuring to hear! Sandy and I had some good heart to heart talks.
When we returned from the walk, I had a little bit of time before I went to the market with hermana Carmen, who is the maid that comes on Thursdays. We talked for a little bit, and I found out that her sister and I share a birthday! This was the first time that I've been able to take the bus. It was a shorter trip so it only cost 50 centimos. The market was PACKED. There were people everywhere! We walked through the meat part of the market, and I was so intrigued by what they had. I'm glad I don't have a weak stomach when it comes to these things. There were cow noses (fur and all), whole pig heads with the eyeballs open, whole pigs cut open wide, and none of it was refrigerated. All of this sits out in the open, with the flies and the dogs and random people touching the meat! And yet, I'm still going to eat it ;) We were there for about an hour and a half, there was so much to get and find.
When we got back, I had a little bit of downtime, so I started working on making a little schedule for myself. I also began updating my planner.
Sandy went and got Tobias from school, and then we had lunch. Albino put all of my money in a safe place, and I'm thankful for that because I have nowhere safe to put it.
After lunch (it was a late lunch) Sandy and I went to get Doriana from school, and I got to go in and see what it was like. It's huge! It's a pre-k through grade 12 school, so it has to be!
The two headed home while I decided to do a little bit more exploring by myself. I went down one of the nearby streets until it ended. I did not like this street and didn't feel very safe. It was a good experience though and I'm glad that I know now what is over there. I'll post pictures later!
When I got back, I talked with Albino a little bit about some more duties I'll have. Every Thursday night is bible study with all the jovenes. So my job is to boil water for tea and get everything set for that, as well as go down to the market to buy bread. It's fun and easy and it makes me feel useful!
I was telling Sandy that one of my goals is to start eating better, because I haven't been really. It's SOOO nice because food and produce is so cheap here! An avocado is less than 50 U.S. cents. I can't wait to start cooking on my own and stay accountable.
Bible study rolled around, and turned out to be just us girls! I of course have my bible in English, so when my turn came to read the next verse, I was stuck trying to translate it on the spot. Let's just say that was wildly embarrassing and difficult. BUT I was vulnerable and took a risk so I'm proud.
We're reading through the book of John (in Spanish, it's San Juan). We were in chapter 3, I can't quite remember the verse, but it basically said that God gives life to whoever his wants to. So who does God want to give life to? Everyone! That was really encouraging to me.
After bible study, Delia showed me the kitchen where I'll be cooking with them. It's very small, but cozy! I'll try to get some pictures this weekend!