Happy (late) Easter!!
Holidays in the mission are so different - definitely makes me think about how precious getting to spend them with the family is! But they are also super fun and unique because we know that we only get to experience them once or twice here! I showed my comp the american tradition of easter egg dying (thanks mom!) she LOVED it haha she said ´´you guys have the weirdest traditions but they are awesome!¨ The Bolivians are super lame with Easter, they don't do anything to really celebrate because all the Catholics here (pretty much everyone) celebrates on Friday, the day of Christ's death, with 12 plates of food!! We had an appointment right after lunch (full) and showed up just in time for them to start their 12 plates - oh my gosh we wanted to die. Luckily I had a plastic sack in my bag and every time they turned around we shoveled all the food we could into the sack because it is super offensive to turn down food and to not eat everything on your plate here. hahah we never wanted to touch another bite of food again in our lives by the time we got out of there.
Conference was the best! I got to watch the Saturday session in English with the other American missionaries which was awesome! Sunday we had to stay here in our area because it was "pedestrian day" and not a single car is allowed in all of Bolivia! Its actually a really cool day haha everyone is in the streets with their families and there is music and its like a big party in the street! So we took advantage of it and set up a kiosk between conference sessions and showed the little Easter clip that the church came out with and gave out free water! Super awesome turn out! Also it was so calm because we didn't have to worry about any cars - they stop for no one and nothing! Last week we were going into the city on pday to play soccer with the zone and watched a cholita get hit by a car and go flying! We were across like two lanes of freeway traffic and couldn't do anything but yell "call an ambulance!" but nobody wanted to call because whoever calls has to pay for it. Seriously so sad! Such is Bolivian life - things like that are just normal to them!
I'm so happy here and am loving everyday of this mission! I have learned more than I could have ever imagined and am so grateful to be here in Bolivia! I pray for you all and hope you are all doing well at home!! Love you all!
Hermana Andersen :)