I am getting used to the walking, and hydration isn't really an issue. I get sunburnt easier, so i need to put on more sunscreen. It's weird, the sun is soo much hotter than in Washington. I can really tell that the angle of the sun really makes a different because I'm closer to the equator. I'm in good health, and if I'm not, I have plenty of medicine to make sure I am OK. Don't Worry! there are plenty of moms in the ward that could take care of me if I ever needed it!
The casa is an exciting place! sometimes we get water, sometimes we get power, but even during the glorious times when we have both, there is still broken glass and cockroaches on the bathroom floor. It fits our needs. when we have water in the shower we fill up two 5 gal. buckets with water for when we don't have water. bucket showers with cold water arn't that bad because who would want HOT water in a place like this. ANTS!! big ones on the walls, tiny ones on our desk, but you just kinda blow them away or brush them away. we keep all our food in either the fridge or the microwave because the ants can't get them. two thrids of the time we have water, and about nine tenths of the time we have power. Dirty dishes from I don't know how long ago, and theres a pile of garbage in a corner that we should probably take out soon. bathroom's pretty decent. not having water isn't too bad as long as it isn't for very long.
don't worry at all about me being hungry. In fact, pray that I'll have enough room in my stomach for all the food I have to eat! Two nights in a row we ended up having to eat two meals an hour apart from each other. Because everyday we pay for almuerzo, so we have to go there sometime in the day and eat. so we were beyond stuffed after the second meal. The member was asking if I was sick because I wasn't eating my food like a hungry missionary after a full day of working, but of course we can't tell them that we just ate, so I just reassured him that I'm fine, and that the food is wonderful. It also doesn't help that Elder V eats particularly fast. It was a miracle that I finished. From this experience I have a testimony that God helps us through our trials. If God has done miracles with multiplying food and making it last for the people that are hungry, I'm sure He can help the vast amounts of food fit into the stomach of one missionary. Don't worry, I'm nowhere near hungry.
Thank you for your prayers!! Don't worry! I'm safe! Pres. Klein shared a story of a couple sisters getting robbed. The robber had a gun and just wanted their cell phone. The sister asked if she could keep the chip with pictures and the address book, and he said that was OK. But the sister in her frightened state couldn't get her fingers to take out the chip, so she asked the robber for help. He put down the gun, took out the chip for her, and took the phone. The people here just rob when they need something, and I'm really safe in my area by the ocean. so don't worry!
I love you all sooo much!!