Cutest video ever...At the very beginning you hear Elder Morgan tell the kids to go find a chameleon (the Malagasy are afraid of chameleons because they think they’re poisonous so it’s always a big deal when the missionaries touch them). Taylor then tells the kids to smile “ Tsiky tsiky tsara”. That cute little boy in the front left is asking, “Is it a picture? Who? Who? Who?” And you hear Taylor tell him it’s a video.
Ha, when I was talking to all the kids, we were just naming a ton of different "laoka" that they like. Laoka is toppings for rice, they have a ton of kinds, so we were just naming a bunch.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Monday, March 18, 2013
Anyway, funny story from that. We were walking through the dirt alley where everyone was setting up their fruit stands for the day, when two drunk guys came stumbling out and started cussing us out. Screaming and yelling and flipping us off, it was nice. Only in Madagascar are people drunk and roaming the streets before the sun is even fully risen.
Tattoo's are way easy to get here too I guess. We were crossing "crap river" (Our nickname for the infamous dirty river that runs through our area) and I heard what I thought was an electric toothbrush. I looked down and saw a guy running his needle into a guys arm and drawing. Street side "crap river" tattoo stand, sounds legit. I've never seen him sterilize that thing..
My stomach cannot handle food with substance anymore, at all. Everything makes me sick now. I still take all my meds that should balance me all out, but my stomach can't hold anything but rice anymore. At Zone Conference, Sisters Adams and Cornelius made us amazing sloppy joes. It didn't take long for my insides to end up outside. And last night, some members made us a cake with ice cream. By the time I got home and was puking so much. I don't feel sick, I just can't hold it down anymore. It's pathetic.
We've been visiting way cool people lately. We have one investigator, Felix, who spent 7 years in Russia learning how to take aerial photos, back in the early 90's. He's married now. He has such cool stories from traveling all around Europe. We visit them like once a week. It was actually pretty funny, because last week we had that run in with those thieves, and the other day, Felix's wife was like "You know, if you guys walk around in white shirts and are holding out a phone flashlight then you're gonna get mugged." Ha we were just like "No way, really?" We didn't bother telling her it had already happened.
Another funny one. It's not the first time it's happened but I don't think I've mentioned it before. Malagasies would do anything to get to America. We can't shoot the breeze and talk with anyone about America for like 5 minutes without them suggesting we take them home. Yesterday, we had a lady tell us to take her two teenage daughters home with us. At least I know that if I can't find a woman back home then I can here, ha.
We teach a Protestant pastor now too.. Not many stories from that yet. The times are stressful, to say the least, but they always go well.
Finally... We went to lemur park, again. Ha I've been so much, but it's always fun. We left way early, so we were cruising through the foggy mountains way early, rice paddies and African trees. The mornings here are way good, outside the capital anyway, it was good to get one today.
PS- Sorry, no pics again this week...we're working on that!! And yeah! I got the packages, thanks so much, the CTR ring is way cool, I'm wearing it right now ha. Now I can trade off with my English and Malagasy one. Thanks a lot, talk to you soon! (It's Taylor's 20th birthday this week!)
Monday, March 11, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
It's hard to get transferred to a new area. the best way I can describe it is like going to a high school for three years, then having to change schools at the beginning of senior year. Everyone at your new school loves the school, but all you can think about is how much you loved your old school. That's exactly what it feels like.
The new house is so different. The old house was two stories, had a balcony and a yard, and the new place is just one floor at the top of a flight of stairs. Two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a little dining room. No balcony or yard. It's nuts, definitely no more lounging out on the balcony at the end of the night. But like I said before, I guess I just have to give it time.
All that aside, I can always count on members to make me feel at home right away. The ward is ginormous. We had 175 people at church yesterday. The most I've ever seen before that was 140, and that was on Christmas. We are in the massive orange church that I sent pictures of a few months ago.
As for transfers. Hamm and Mitchell are staying in their same places. Reinhard is in Anjanahary, it's not too far away, but I still haven't seen him. We're not in the same zone though, so it might be a while. Mitchell was actually supposed to train, but there were some problems, so he didn't get to, we were all so bummed for him.
Anyway, it's kind of just an update on the area this week, maybe when I have some stories here I can fill you all in. Talk to you soon.
Enjoy yourselves some pics from Analamahitsy (my old area):