Hello!I am in Argentina! Its very much a foreign country and I am learning a lot very quickly, but the first few days were definitely a bit overwhelming. Even though I got off to a rough start, missing my flight and arriving a day late, I have an absolutely wonderful companion. Her name is Hermana Costa and she is from Brazil. She speaks Spanish and Portugese. Hardly any English. Yes, that means we speak Spanish allllllll the time. Yes, it is hard. Yes, I am learning a lot very quickly.
A few reflections on my first week in Argentina...
- no heaters.
- your shower can last approximately 3 minutes before the water goes ice cold.
- You kiss cheeks all the time. I have kissed a lot of women.
- there are wild dogs EVERYWHERE (do NOT pet them).
- I cant read food labels, so I never know what on earth I am eating.
- I also dont really know how to use the money.
- The collectivos (buses) dont really like to come to a complete stop.
- Thank you, mom, for teaching me to look both ways before I cross the street.
- The castellano accent basically sounds lie ja ja ja ja ja ja ja.... and if its thick enough, I cannot understand a single word.
- The real shocker- I can actually handle eating the beef.
As you can tell, I am already having quite an interesting experience. It might take a while to be completely accustombrado to everything here, but I am coming to love it.
We are also lucky to have an absolutely wonderful ward. I do not know too many people yet, but they are wonderful, very hospitable and welcoming.
I love you all and hope you are well! You are in my thoughts and prayers always.