Alright so this week has been one of the craziest in my whole life. Leaving the CCM in Mexico City was super hard. I have made so many good friends there and been through so much and this mission thing is only just beginning.
My flight from Mexico City to Santiago was 8 hours long. The longest flight I have ever been on. I am so happy I don't have to do that again for a long time. As we speak (email) I am sitting in some tiny internet cafe with weird posters all over the wall.
My very first day the office workers in my mission took me to a restaurant called Corbatas. Holy cow was it something else. Corbatas sells completos (hot dogs) that are super big and have tons of different sauces on them. I was very hungry, so I ate it and that was probably the worst decision of my life. I got food poisoning. For the past 3 days I have been sick to my stomach and have thrown up twice. What a great way to start the two years. Hopefully in a few days I will be fine.
On Tuesday we had a long orientation meeting and I was assigned my trainer and area. My companions is Elder Gularte from Montevideo, Uruguay. I am serving in the Las Americas area. Elder Gularte is such such such an amazing guy. This is the end of his mission, so I am his last companion before he goes home. He was a zone leader last transfer and he is a district leader now. He is super focused, hard working, spiritual, funny, smart and everything I could ask for. He also only speaks Spanish. That makes things fun. I can manage pretty well though. I know Heavenly Father is helping me.
My area is interesting ... welcome to Las Americas, somewhat more ghetto than I am used to. I don't care at all though. I love it so much. Our house is tiny and the shower doesn't have hot water, but our neighbors are super friendly and have a cat so it evens out. Also there are more dogs than people here. Another thing I did not expect about Chile is how dang cold it is. I can see my breath while I am in the shower. I can see my breath inside our house. It is absolutely freezing. That´s all good though. I'd rather have it be cold then hot. Thank goodness I packed lots of warm clothes
I am so excited to see what the next few weeks bring and can't wait to tell you all about it. Life is great!