Dear Family, February 27, 2012
El Salvador is still pretty tough but it is getting a little better here. I am starting to understand people a little bit more and am getting used to it a little more here too. I am feeling a lot better now than I was and I´m not sick anymore, but I am not used to it here still.
I really like my companion, but the language barrier between us is pretty tough. My companion is actually really good about not answering the questions people ask about me. He always says that I can understand and to ask me, so that is really good. I have learned a lot from him.
I´m trying to keep a positive attitude about everything, but it´s really hard to do sometimes. I am getting better with it though. Everyone here says that things get a lot better after the first transfer and time starts going by a lot faster.
El Salvador is pretty rough and I´m not the biggest fan of my area right now. The area I´m in is always noisy and I never get enough sleep, which is making these first few weeks go by even slower. This morning, I got woken up at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep after that, so I just laid there for three and a half hours. I wish it was quiet at least every once and awhile, but it is extremely loud. Almost everyone here makes their cars as loud as they can and it´s annoying, but I´m trying to get used to it. I would have to say that I like living in a place that is not constantly loud though. I really miss how quiet our house is. There is always a bus or something else going by and they are all way loud.
There are tons and tons of busses here and every single one of the drivers is crazy. They are always cutting each other off and doing all sorts of stuff to get in front of people. It is a competition here to get the most passengers in a day so they are all pretty much running each other over just to get the edge. It seems like the only requirement to be able to be a bus driver is that you are able to find the floor with the gas pedal! Haha.
The air here is pretty gross too. There are no regulations for cars, so they all pollute the air really bad. Also, the rivers here aren´t natural rivers anymore. They are the sewage water that is getting sent out to the ocean. They smell horrible!! haha
I am getting to where I understand spanish better and can converse with a lot of the people here. There are some people that talk really fast though and I can´t understand them that well yet. In one of the families that we are trying to re-activate, they all like to talk over each other and pretty soon there is four people talking at the same time. Well I just space out after a minute or two of not being able to understand a word they are saying, and then they look to me for an answer to a question that they had aparently asked me. My mind was just off in space though and I had no idea what they were talking about though. I had to have them repeat it again. For all of my friends that are going to speak another language on your missions, you are going to be doing that a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean a ton!
My mission president is a pretty cool guy. He interacts with us a lot and always likes to go out and have some fun. The stay in the mission home was a lot better than my apartment. I would wipe off the counters with disinfectant except for the fact that we don´t have any. We don´t have a table or anything either. [Mom wrote for him to get some disinfectant and spray everything since he had been so sick.] I don´t use my desk either because it is in what used to be the bedroom and I can´t even hear myself talking in that room. It is so loud in our apartment that I can´t even hear my companion a lot in the quietest room of the three.
There is tons of fruit here, and I honestly don´t really know what my favorite is. The pineapple and watermelon is way good and the season for oranges is starting now too. There are little stores here everywhere and you can buy things for really cheap. My favorite is the Chocobananos. They are frozen bananas that are covered in chocolate with crushed peanuts or something in the chocolate. You can buy one for 15 or 20 cents. Another great thing is the papusas. They are so good! It is a batter type thing that has beans and cheese in it. Then they put it on a griddle and cook it. The closest thing I can describe that it looks like is a pancake. Most of the food here is really good though!
Well I hope that everyone is doing well and having an awesome week! Love you all!