Dear Ethan, I hope you and Delaney will be able to figure out how to get along. I love you you all and miss you, and am glad to hear about stuff that makes you happy like Animorphs!
Sorry to hear about Grammy´s aunt. I wrote Grammy a letter, and it leaves the mission office on Friday! We went to the Broadcast but it was in Spanish, so yeah. The singing Korean children made me very happy, and the translator for Hermana Stephens spoke with an accent from Spain so basically I giggled to myself every time she spoke about "path" instead of "paz" and "gotho" instead of "gozo". It rained really heavily 2 times recently, and that was nice, wish it was like that more often.
I feel like I´m improving in every aspect of the work. I´m trying to be patient with myself and it can be hard. Everyone is very supportive and encouraging though. We have a great ward, and the members and our regular families and people we visit are starting to like me as a person now, because I have that much more of a personality because I can speak a little better.
I want to tell you all things about life here. This will of course be very disjointed, but whatevs. Dominican Thing 1: advertising in the streets. Trucks drive around the barrio BLASTING ads for clubs, our vendors use megaphones announcing the aguacate y yuca they are selling. Or the wheelbarrow guy who sells aguacate and yuca just yells and whistles like a food vendor at a ball game. People selling food walk through stopped traffic in the city to sell through car windows. There´s a guy who sells bleach, and he has a recorded rap that he plays. It really is like living in a stadium. Also, people just blast music all day. And by blasting music, I mean at volumes that just don´t make any sense. One of the favorite past times here is to simply sit outside your house, not always talking to people, and listen to music at eardrum piercing volume.
Dominican Thing 2: juicing. The take a lot of pride in their natural juices and batidas (shakes). I have had several excellent ones. Predi, the ward mission leader makes them after all of our meattings, and I look forward to the Predi Juice. However, there is a fruit here called jagua, which is like drinking gasoline. It is not great. I had heard about it earlier in the day that I had some from a member family, and it was not quite as unpalatable as I expected, but I would never choose to drink it. Also, we taught outside some one´s house, and it totally smelled like an industrial fire, and my comp was like, "Is that a jagua tree?" and it was.
There is so much more for me to write, but I have to go.
Love you all, please email a photo of our family because my comp would like to see one. Also I need Afton´s mailing address, and Alex´s email :)
Love Hermana J.