Monday, July 13, 2015

Rio Branco - Week 7


It doesn't feel any different to be 19...and I know I usually say that, but it was even less so this year. There was considerably less fanfare than usual, and you know how much fanfare there usually is on my birthdays. So there really was very little :) I think I got a handshake from Elder Moreira, my new companion. But I'll tell you more about him later. I'm not done talking about me :) We did make a cake (just from a box, well 2 boxes actually, called "Duo Paix√£o". Mmmm! :) And I also bought a 2L of ice cream for the occasion, so it turned out really nice), which served for after-lunch, dinner, and breakfast hahahaha :) Go big or go home.



For lunch on Sunday we went to the really far away place (remember last fast Sunday?) and they had pretty normal food, but with awesome suco de maracuja and really good neapolitan ice cream. Plus, you know, my cake.

Also, President and Sister Cabral called me this morning (because they were at a meeting late last night, couldn't call) to wish me happy birthday. It was really awesome :) Presidente started off saying that he was calling to wake me up (it was about 8:15 probably), and so I was really confused because I had already been up for a while. I had forgotten at that moment that he always calls the missionaries for their birthdays. But then, right when I was really genuinely worried that I had done something wrong, he and Sister Cabral broke out into singing happy birthday to me :) In Portuguese and his really adorable, slightly broken English. It was awesome, probably the best part about my birthday.

So for my exercises, I usually do planks, pushups, and then we have this DIY concrete dumbbell. Which is a perfect description of Jacob, now that I think about it :) Just kidding, Jake! :) But yeah, that's about it. I'm fairly wiped out after that.

So now I'll talk about the training experience, or how it started anyways. The day (Tuesday) started out with me having to be at the office at 8:30 I think. So when we got there, we waited for a long time and then they finally had a training on what we're supposed to do when we're training. It was pretty good. And then we had a lunch break, during which one of the other Elders from my group (Medrano) and I went to the nearby Extra Supermercado, super big, and bought bread and ham and cheese and made little sandwiches right there in the food court kinda thing. And then we got an ice cream cone from McDonald's to finish it off. Then, we went back to the office and waited for AGES, because the new missionaries were delayed in their departure from the CTM. But finally, they finished up their part at President's house, and so we walked over there (it's pretty close). And then we were put together with our new companions, and then we got a TAXI to Rio Branco with the 1 suitcase he has! It was an incredible, comfortable taxi ride. Thoroughly enjoyed, 10/10. Would pay 95 reais again. Even though the office paid, haha. But...yeah. That was the beginning of my training experience.


So I'll talk a little bit about Elder Moreira...he's awesome! I'm super relieved, he wants to keep all the rules and goals and stuff, so it's been a lot easier than it could have been. He teaches really well, and we've been practicing a lot to get better (both of us). In general, I love training! It's been super fun to have someone brand new, and just being able to teach everything that we're supposed to do. A really good opportunity to improve myself, as well, because if I don't do something right, then he will learn it the wrong way, and I'll create a fubeca. But I hope that's not what I'm doing! We get along really well, since he likes video games and some electronic music too. He is from Belo Horizonte! Crazy, right? I'll tell Redge more about him. But yeah, he's really cool! No complaints or anything, he does what he's supposed to.

But yeah, I've been loving it. The time has gone by pretty quickly, every day it seems like we wake up, and then it's lunch time, and then it's 6:00, and then we're getting ready for bed. Super quick. But this week kinda took forever for Monday to get around, kinda weird. I think that's pretty much it for me! Lots of e-mails to answer this week, sorry hehe. Can't help it if I'm popular. I loved the package and I loved thinking about you guys celebrating my birthday for me. I'm pretty content :)

Until next week!
Michael

Celebrating the two-year anniversary of the mission

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