Monday, June 23, 2014

This Past Week

This past week was better, we finally started to do things after Friday. Which isn't saying much, but it's progress.

Here's a recipe that someone gave me that's really interesting measurements and directions. Also, you may need to use Google Translate or something.

Pão de queijo - cheese bread (reeeaaaly good!)
4 copos (requijão) de poilvilho
4 ovos
1 copo cheio de leite
1 copo de óleo (faltando dois dedos para encher)
1 prato cheio de queijo ralado
sal a gosto
Preparo: Ferver o leite e o óleo. Jogar em cima do polvilho e sovar (fazer uma farofa) deixar esfriar um pouco e adicionar os ovos, amassando bem. Por último coloque sal a gosto e o queijo ralado. Untar a forma e as mãos. Fazer as bolinhas e colocar par assar em forma.

Also, the yogurt here is different, it's way more viscous here than in the US. It's like a really milked (watered) down smoothie that tastes amazing. And I use it whenever I eat cereal instead of milk. 

Also, I'm going to try and take a video of me playing piano and send it next week. I don't know how it'll work, because we can only send 15 mb per e-mail.

Also one last thing that's been bugging me in this mission is that all of the leadership is right and if they do something it's okay, but if you do something it's not right. Something a little annoying. But hey, I can change it with time.
*side note from Mary Ann
I looked this stuff up and it looks delicious!
 It's basically (according to Google Translate): 
Pão de queijo - Cheese Bread (really good!)
4 cups (curd) of poilvilho (Starch)
4 eggs
1 full cup of milk
1 cup oil (missing two fingers to fill)
1 plateful of grated cheese
salt to taste
Preparation: Boil the milk and oil. Play upon starch and knead (make a headlight) let cool slightly and add the eggs, kneading well. Finally add salt to taste and the grated cheese. Greasing and hands. Making the balls and place on baking pair form.
Here's another site with the recipee if y'all want to compare:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Another Week

Brazilians drink way more soda than americans. It was difficult for me to believe, but after a month, I'm convinced. They drink it for every lunch they have. It's ridiculous. Basically it's considered not proper to have a 2 liter of soda for lunch.

1 in about 10 cars has the brazilian flag tacked onto their hood. It looks pretty cool, but it was a foreign concept that other countries don't "revere their flag" like we do. For example, it's okay to write on the flag and even the most patriotic brazilian wouldn't say anything.

I'm still learning a lot of portuguese, and it hasn't started messing with my english yet, but who knows? I'm getting better every day, and I'll continue improving. Maybe in a few months, it'll just be easier to use google translate than see my english.

Well, something interesting is that the only time I really counted my weeks was during my training in FL and here, but the training here is a little bit more interesting and trying. (I'm being trained twice to be a missionary) it's a little annoying, kinda needed but not. These past few weeks w/ Elder Noriega have been the most boring weeks of my mission, but I've only got a few more. Maybe we'll stay together for another transfer, who knows?

But have a great and marvelous summer!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Slow Week

This past week was really slow and the week before with Elder N., he's a little trunky, has a toothache, and feels bad, and doesn't want to be in this area. It's pretty funny, he sent an e-mail to the president asking to be transferred out the first p-day he got here. He's also really into lower laws that might be good but aren't rules. But hey, makes for an interesting 1 or 2 transfers, eh? Or maybe 3.

Well, time is flying here in Brazil and on the mish. It's way good being on a mission, it's like the furnace that Isaiah talks about. It's way cool and a way good experience.

Also, my feet are dying, or were dying b/c I was using my shoes that work and don't have holes. But I went back to my old shoes and just patched them with paper and tape. My feet are doing a lot better now than before, thanks to that. my shoes look pretty raggedy from top-down and way worse from the side and the bottom. But hey, they're comfortable. It's great. Well, here's to a great week! gotta run! and there wasn't really anything interesting to talk about.
See y'all!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New comp, learning more Portuguese!

I have a Brazilian companion from Manaus! How cool is that!?? He's 23 and he's a really good guy. I think I have some pics of him. 

So, the way that they pronounce Elder White. the say Whitch. White with a 'ch' sound instead of the 't' sound.

The other day, I saw Herbie! same number, stripes and everything!

Also, there are toucans and all manner of birds on the power-lines, just chilling.

Kite flying here is really popular. It's the kite flying sport when you cut the other line with your kite. I've only heard of it once before I came to Brazil and it was in a book talking about professional competitions in in Australia.

We take two showers a day here, morning and night because of all of the dust here. Also, y'all remember the dream journal from a lot of months ago? It's still going and this past week, I've been having dreams every night, a couple a night. This past week, all of them had showers in them, and the one last night had a lot, coincidence?? I think not! Also, dreams are interesting b/c I think I remember most of my dreams compared to other missionaries and I can usually write 1 page of my dream. Weird, eh? But dream journals work to help you remember your dreams and dream more during your week if you're looking for something to spice up your night!

Also, most of y'all know this, but not all tea is bad or against the word of wisdom. Only these types of teas and tea with these in them: only camellia, sinensis, and ayahuasca, or basically black tea.

More people in Brazil do yoga than any other country in the world.

Also, we walk a ton!! It's ridiculous!!

Also, I don't know the pouch address, but I think Mom knows. My Portuguese is getting better every day. Hopefully I'll be fluent soon and be able to understand everyone and everything!


Chilling in Brazil! (May 26)

My first comp in Brazil, Elder L.! He's an interesting guy. He likes to cook.
So, transfers are coming up tomorrow and I'm being transferred after only 3 weeks in the area... across the hall! I'll be in the same ward and my new companion will be coming in tomorrow night by bus! Transfers here are crazy because of the distances we need to travel to get to different places b/c the mission is so large. The whole transfer process takes about 2-3 days depending on your situation. It´s crazy. My companion left and my new companion will show up tomorrow night late by bus. I live about 9.5 hours away
from the mission office. (by bus) But the food here is pinto beans and rice and the food here that's eaten isn't typical Hispanic food. Brazil is a pocket tucked into south America that isn't like the rest of it. It's really strange here. But cool and 3rd world country. My companion will be Brazilian, Elder N.. I think he has about 1 year on his mish. The area that I'm in right now isn't as ghetto as I expected. It's a little nicer than my greenie area in FL. We're going to be whitewashing. (Starting the area w/ no investigators) But that area was really bad. The missionary work in Brazil is way easier, we can do street contacts and get solid investigators from the street contacts.

P-days here stink compared to in the states. All you can do here is e-mail, shop, and dink around in the apt. b/c there's nothing to do. I'm trying to change that though. I'm pretty sure that I ate pig ear the other day. Whenever we're walking down the street Brazilians try to speak English to us and they're impossible to understand b/c it's heavily accented. And the English teachers try and do the same thing and they speak only basic English.

These are last transfer's planner.

Something that I forgot is that in South FL, iguanas are pests and so there are tons of them nearby water. Lots and lots and lots of them. Alligators too, but in the more populated areas it's iguanas.

Here, we have sidewalks but the road is pretty much a sidewalk too. Things that Haitians would do in my first area make a lot more sense now. (b/c Haiti's third world).

I played piano for sacrament this past week, weird, isn't it?
Also I hit my 8 month mark yesterday! :)