Wednesday, November 6, 2013

All I Want for Christmas is.......Velveeta Cheese????

The rat was fine. I haven't had cat yet  because my investigator traveled.  But I eat fufu like a boss now! It's pretty cool actually, and I don't gag anymore.  No, the rat doesn't have rabies, and they aren't on a stick. Actually it just ripped in chunks, so it looked the same as the goat or the sheep. 

Yeah I get donuts every morning, but its a Ghanaian version of donuts, so I buy a bag of sugar and add that to it.  Yeah I have to pay for the bread!  It's 2 Cedi for a loaf, which sounds cheap, but when I only get 6 Cedi a day, it's a lot.  You wouldn't like the goat or cow skin called Killy Willy.  It's way hard, and you just chew it forever.  I don't like it at all.

I wish I could have trick or treated!  That would have been way fun, but their candy here is just cough drops. Like honestly, they hand you a piece and the Africans get excited because it's their candy.  The brand is Hacks, and it is Menthol flavor.  That is exactly a cough drop!

Yeah my week was a lot of walking, and a lot of eating because my investigators love me ;) This week was cool I got fed 3 or 4 times by my investigators.   And I usually get to eat most of it because Elder Kanu gets  full easier than me. One day we were eating lunch and our Recent Convert Sister Esther called and asked us to quick come over.  We cleaned up and were headed out and she called again so we rushed over. She had ended up making us a big thing of Fufu with like 6 pieces of chicken and 2 Pawpaw. Pawpaw is a papaya. I had to eat almost all of it.  So needless to say, I am probably going to get pretty obalo (that's fat in Twi, and no I did not just ask my companion for that!!) 

Yeah there are barbers everywhere here! Like at least every 5th shop on the road is a barber. So I can get a haircut pretty much, but no they are terrible at cutting white hair.  The last guy here took a tiny bit off the top and just shaped the rest!  It was terrible, so I had my Zone leader redo it.   I just had him cut it pretty dang short so I don't have to do anything to style it.  It now looks kind of like a shorter version of Jake's hair :). Dad should totally not get a haircut till I get back!!! I've been trying to grow a mustache out, but it isn't really working.   But I can grow a very nice sweat mustache in like 2 minutes here!

 I sleep on a nice and hard bed.  They make this stuff here called latex foam and it's hard, but better than nothing, so that is what my bed and my pillow is made out of.  My pillow still isn't broken in. 

 Yeah we were thinking about trying to join a league here, and then we could even play on proselyting days. We think we could probably get into division 4 here!  Man though only getting to play on Monday is hard, but I go out and play by myself every morning for my physical exercise.   So hopefully if I have a ball I can do that for the rest of my mission, and if so, I'll probably be good enough for college ball ;)

(I asked Travis what his needs and wants were for Christmas.  This was his reply:)
So for Christmas I will for sure have 5 other guys with me. I don't know who they will be, but I will be in my same apartment through Christmas. 
So List:
2.Bricks of Velveeta Cheese
3.A full individual letter from everyone
4. Highlighters!
5. Song lyrics! so I can sing a full song instead of half a chorus over and over! Songs like Disney ones (Mulan songs are non-negotiable) anything that could be cool and mission related or inspiring in any way. 
6. Maybe money?
1. Candy (Reese's Pieces)
2. an Ipod loaded with church music, any kind of church music
3. a flat billed snap back cap
4. a Calle soccer ball (those are specifically made for street, regular ones get ruined really fast here)
5. back up CTR wrist bands
6. powder drink mix
7. a few decorations. 
Also as a side note you are kind of slacking in the package department. I am halfway through training and I have received 0 but Elder McCoullough Is almost done with his training and he has received nearly 20... Just sayin......

This week wasn't fast Sunday because we got a hold of some General Conference and watched the Sunday sessions, so that was really nice.  They moved Fast Sunday to next week, but it's just about the same as home. 

Also we had the temple trip this week, so I got to see the 2 big markets at Kaneshie and Circle, where I am probably going to buy some cool stuff soon. SIster Hill thought it would be helpful to show us some easy to make recipes while we were there.  So she cooked us some stuff.  Issue: we don't have a grittle, we don't have a grill fry, we don't have milk, we don't have cheese, 9 of the 10 recipes needed at least one of these things... hmm, Wache it is, since that is just beans and rice. 

Something I keep forgetting to say! Darrin Luke smiles like a little Ghanaian! That's what I think of every time one of these 12-15 year olds smile at me!

Oh also, there is like some Dear Elder website where it's like you email it to me, but the church brings it as a letter, which is nice. I don't really know how it works, but Soph sent me one that I got this week. Someone should check that out. 

I got all of your letters this week though which was really sweet, and Elder Kanu loved them too. I put the quotes into my missionary hand book and I hung the Travis sign on my wall.  I think some other pieces may go in Preach My Gospel. 

I miss and love all of you!

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