a random nativity in IQUITOS
the upstairs room where i now live! :)
me and hermana arteaga :)
all the sisters in my zone
my desk and christmas wall :)
our room - so small we can't use a jump rope!
apparently christmas is sort of an unknown holiday here. when we wished people a happy christmas on the 25th, everyone was like "oh yeah!!" so funny. on christmas eve, we went caroling in a couple of plazas (in the pouring rain - that's christmas in the amazon).
when it rains it pours!
we found a llama while we were caroling!
and on christmas day, we got to make french toast with buttermilk syrup and watch "the polar express!" it's even epic in spanish. also, we got to skype with our families!! we had to go back out to work at 6pm, but i listened to christmas music like a mad woman whenever we were at home!!!!
making breakfast at the mission offices
my christmas morning breakfast :)
my christmas dinner :)
but, i learned to feel the true spirit of the season in other ways on this mission, since there were very few familiar indicators that it was christmas. i really tried to focus in on the spirit of christ, which made me super joyful, and i was then able to share that joy with these people i've come to love. :)
the piano in our sacrament meeting room says est. 1823,
and it's busted. so, of course, i tried fixing it. :)