What is up, family? Ok, first of all, before I start, a big shoutout to Jeremy Moore (friend in our stake) for being called to serve in Armenia! That is legit! Yeah, he definitely has the coolest call in the stake now, no questions there. I actually saw an Armenian Book of Mormon in the MTC, that language looks legit. In all honesty, I was thinking that if I was called to learn an oriental language, I would probably want to learn Armenian. Congratulations to him for that.
Oh yeah, happy birthday Andrea (13) and Jake (16)! I hope you like whatever presents mom assigned me to give you!
Ok, Elbasan, It's a cool little city, it's pretty small. There is
like a fortress right in the middle of the city, we are next to it
every night because that's where we go street contacting. There's this
road right next to it where the city blocks it up so drivers can't drive
through it at night, so that people can take walks on it. Taking walks
is like a past time in Albania. I think
people are aware that we are there every night, so when they see us they
try to walk around us, but we've been trying to stand at different
places now. But yeah, we actually have a legit church building too.
Yeah, syflaqes, they are good. (See picture from October 15th, 2012) We get them a few times a week,
they're pretty cheap too. Fruit, we eat apples, I usually try to eat
quite a few a week. If possible, can you send me a fat bottle of like
Centrum or something, I have a bottle of like 60 vitamins, and that'll
run out real quick.
Yeah, I am trying to get all the flags of my mission. Today I saw
on the street an Albania and Kosovo flag, so I'm gonna try to get them
next week. Montenegro is gonna be tough, because our mission is going
to be getting Serbian speaking Elders in January I think, so I doubt
I'll go to Montenegro at all.
That's cool that Jake's about to become a priest, that's kinda weird
though. We're old. How's Bishop Holdaway doing? I am assuming he is
dominating the ward, like usual? That's awesome though.
Andrea, good luck at the Pep rally, you'll do fine, just dominate at
the piano like always. Jake, have a fun birthday, and enjoy those 5 or
6 dates I know you already have setup.
Ok, dad, you're questions:
1: Pershendetje (this keyboard does not have albanian letters with
it, dangit) is not the most common greeting. We say c'kemi (what have
we? (literal translation) or what's up?) usually. Pershendetje and
Tungjatjeta both mean 'greetings' and are used when talking to old
people, as respect.
2:Yeah, it would probably be great if you can send an adaptor where I
can plug it into a computer (like where you can plug in a flash drive),
and on the other end you can insert the SD card. I know those exist,
because I used them in the MTC. If that is possible, that would be
great, and that can be my Christmas and birthday present if need be. I
am using the wolverine to back everything up.
3: Shopping? Yeah, they have supermarkets. We go to this one
store called 'roadhouse.' It's just a supermarket, not a barbeque place
or anything, and they got what we need. I haven't really gotten
anything else as far as souvenirs, but this past weekend the zone
leaders went to Elbasan for exchanges, and they brought us back
Dominos! Macedonia has a Dominos, a couple McDonalds, and a couple
Burger Kings. It was so good!
So, yeah, the election. People here keep up with what's going on
So, Taken 2 was pretty good, eh? (a movie Mark saw) Even if it was bad, I'd still
watch it when I get back, probably just for translation. So you saw
Tirana and some countryside? (online video-linked on this blog) Yeah, the countryside is pretty cool here.
Yeah, I got Lek and Denar when I used the ATM. Stupid fee, well at least I know now. (Scott used the ATM twice for small amounts of cash and was then charged a fee. Lesson learned.)
Yeah, college football
sounds awful, luckily I don't really care, at least the Jazz are
sounding good? When does the season start? Next Tuesday? That'll be
weird, but what can you do?
So, just before I got here and started emailing, Elder Knight and I were
walking over, and we saw a guy walking with a bear. A legit bear. So, I
got a picture with it. He had a chain leash, and I held that leash. I
got a picture next to a grizzly bear, (probably not a grizzly bear but a brown bear) holding the leash. Only in Albania.
So, yeah, this week we got a new investigator named Armanda, she was
found through the English course we do every Tuesday and Thursday. She
knows a bit about the church. And then we have Meriglen and
Sylvia, a couple who have investigated and want to be baptized. But they are awesome.
Well, I think that's everything I got this week. Hope things are well, things are good over here.