Well I know you have all been dying to know where I got transferred so here we go. I am in the zone farthest north called Huaraz. It is the promised land of the mission. Everyone wants to come here because it´s really pretty. And it is. It´s the sierra, so there are mountains, and it´s green. It´s 10,000 feet above sea level. So I get winded pretty easily, and I also got a nasty bloody nose the other day. But it´s a bit tourist destination, so it´s more modern than my last area. And it´s pretty cold. I got to Peru in the middle of winter, and summer was just starting in my last area, but here, winter just began, so my mission just became Frozen. I´m going to be in an eternal winter. Because by the time I get transferred, winter will be starting again in the south.
My companion is from Panama too. Her name is Hermana Flores and has been in the mission for about a year and is 21. Apparently I have something to learn from Panama.
Adjusting was a bit of a challenge. We don´t have a water heater here, so we get luke warm showers, with death shower heads. (Look up pictures on google). And then, the other day, I lost my wallet with 90 soles. I was really more concerned about the wallet, because it was really cool and I got it for 3 soles. So, I had to buy a new one which everything is more expensive here, so that´s a bummer.
Other big news, I taught my first piano lesson on Friday. I´ve never taught piano before, and I had no idea what I was doing, but it went fairly well. They just learn songs. So I taught them the first half of silent night. It went fairly well. There are even more drunk people here, or people who drink in general, so a lot of the families we find are receptive, but the dad doesn´t want to listen because he doesn´t want to stop drinking.
I´d send pictures, but this computer won´t let me. Maybe next week. Until then, hope all is well with everyone. Stay Golden.
I had mentioned that she probably wouldn't be celebrating Thanksgiving and here is her reply:
Oh and a side note. I will be having Thanksgiving dinner here. There is an senior couple here from the states and they arranged for two of the districts that are here close to have a nice dinner on Thursday. The district up north has a senior couple from the states as well so I assume they will do that there. That´s one benefit of being here.