I feel like so much has happened, and yet at the same time nothing has happened....Probably because I can count on one hand how many lessons we´ve actually taught. We have a lesson planned for every hour of the day, or some other kind of apointment, and we get a total of two done. One appointment being lunch with a member, which they can´t really skip out on our blow us off. And we usually teach about one other lesson a day. If we´re lucky, we teach TWICE. But I have to remind myself that it´s the Holidays, even if we´re in Mexico and they celabrate on the twenty fourth and not the twenty fifth. But we´ve had some pretty good sucess with street contacts, or at least I think that until we try and actually go to teach them and we can´t find the brown door with lots of flowers or they don´t actually answer or the adress doesn´t actually exsist. You know, little stuff like that. ButAnd thus I met Juan Pablo, who was born in the U.S. and lived there for thirty years but is here for work and wants to speak English, American English especially, and said he´d love to hear the lessons in ENGLISH!!!!! He said he´d give us a call sometime on Wendsday after he gets off work. I´m really excited to teach him, not only because I´ll get to teach in English (if I can even do that anymore) but because when I explained what we do he seemed really interested and said that what we were doing was really admriable and that we were teaching people a better way of life. So here´s to hoping that we can actually find him and teach him. I have his number, so I can call him if nothing else. , after I finished emailing, I was complaining under my breath in English when I heard someone say ´excuse me, was someone speaking English?
what are the traditions you saw in Mexico for Christmas Eve and Christmas? Not much. They celabrate Christmas Eve more and there´s lots of Piñatas around. And bells. Lots of bells early in the morning. Not that it matters to us, we´re up early anyway. We had dinner with a less active investigator for christmas which was a little unusual. Usually we have just lunch appointments. And they had some weird fried pepper stuffed with other peppers and some kind of meat that I really hope was chicken. And huge beans in some kind of broth. That was kind of like soup I guess. Apparently it´s a christmas tradition. Other than that, I really don´t know. They have Christmas trees in all the windows.
How was your first Christmas away from home? Fine. It didn´t feel much like Christmas but it went fine. I opned my presents, had some hot chocolate with my breakfast and went out to work like any other day. It was fine with me.
Can you eat with members and investigators? We eat lunch with members every day and it usually consists of a soup of some kind, or noodles (Mexicans love speghetti, who knew?) and then a main course of meat and a gelitan jello thing for dessert. One time we had hamburgers though. And another time, ham and mashed potatoes. Yesterday it was some weird, bread wrapped fried hotdog in tomatoe soup????? I have no idea. We don´t eat with investigators really.
How much walking are you doing on a daily basis? Basically all I do is walk. I don´t know how much. I have no way of measuring it. But, a lot. We ride buses occasionally but usually just for district meetings.
Do you eat much from tiendas and panaderias or tortillarias or anything of that nature? No. We shop at a Supermarket type thing. But occasionally we´ll buy stuff frome one of the many teindas around.
Does McDonald's deliver? I have not seen a McDonalds since I´ve left Mexico City. I did however see a Walmart and a Sam´s club. But neither of those are in my area.
Oh, and about how I found Waldo. We were trying to contact someone else and his neighbor answered the door and we talked to him for quite a while, and his name was Waldo. But unfortunetly, he doesn´t want a lesson. It´s a shame.
I think that´s about it. It was great to see those I did on Christmas and I´m excited to talk to you again on Mother´s Day.
Con mucho amor,
|Tory's outdoor washing machine.|
|Tory's laundry washin' face|
|Hermana Mills' little farm. The sheep was a gift from one of the other Hermanas.|
|Typical Street in Puebla|
|Though Tory did mention there are some dirt roads in the city as well.|