So yesterday was the hardest day of my mission, not because it was physically or mentally hard, but because I had to say goodbye to my family in Almafuerte. I love everyone there so much and I already miss them a ton! So the big news this week is that I got transferred to Catamarca!!!! I have only been here for about 5 hours but from what I´ve seen, the place is awesome! We are surrounded by mountains and here we have a CAPILLA (Chapel)!!!! The church is huge here and we have 3 different barrios (wards) that come to this church, just like in the states! It´s awesome! There´s one really bad thing about Catamarca... the heat. It is over 100 degrees here EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And it´s just the beginning of summer! So if the plan was for me to die on the mission, it´s gonna happen here! haha.
But in reality, Catamarca is known as one of the best zones in the mission - since we are so far away from everyone, there are only 10 people in our zone, but we get together 2 or 3 times a week, the complete opposite of Almafuerte! Other good news, I´m in a pension with FOUR GRINGOS! That´s like the dream here! My companion is Elder Quarry from Canada, and we live with the zone leaders here! I´m stoked for everything to come in the next few tranfers, I´m gonna love it here!
So the bad news from this week... I´m sick again :´( We had a 3 hour bus ride from Almafuerte to Cordoba, and then an 8 hour bus ride to Catamarca all night. I didn´t sleep at all because I was throwing up on the bus the whole time! Probably one of the worst experiences of my life... but whatever. Luckily I found a walmart bag in my backpack to throw up in, but wow, it was absolutely horrible! I have either a parasite or bacteria in my stomach and even though I am super tired from lack of sleep, I can´t sleep because of my stomach. So hopefully I will get better soon so that we can get to work right away here in Catamarca!
For Christmas in Almafuerte, we spent it with the Gimenez Family and it was pretty fun. The custom in Argentina is that Santa comes at midnight on Christmas Eve and everyone stays up late partying Christmas Eve and then they all sleep super late on Christmas. We had a super good Asado and it was a night just filled with good food! Again, not helping me get any thinner... Then on Christmas Day we went to the lake with a bunch of members and played soccer and a few other games, as well as get super sun-burned. With humidity, it was 48 degrees Celsius. Not sure what that is in Fahrenheit, but it´s super hot!
Well, that´s all for this week! I continue loving being a missionary and can´t wait for all the experiences that I´ll have here in Catamarca! I hope that everyone enjoyed their Christmas and really thought about the true meaning of Christmas! I´m so grateful for all the support on the mission, it keeps me going when things are hard. I love you all!