August 13, 2014

CCM details

So, to answer your questions about the CCM...

What are your surroundings like?
-bedroom==shared by 8 guys, and our room only has 6 closets that's fun...
-classrooms==imagine a small box...cut it in half...then place 14 missionaries in it...that's what our classroom feels like...but really take the yw room with all the dividers open and that's our class room.
-chapel==3 classrooms with the dividers open
-cafeteria==think cultural hall full of 50 sweaty missionaries eating questionable food... :)
-gym==all outdoor and then a small indoor place with like 5 machines
-grounds==looks like a prison :), but I know it's for my safety, and they are very small
-temperatures & humidity inside & out==not as bad as i'd thought it would be...70 degrees is now FREEZING!!!
-smells==like Costa Rica :)
-sounds==lots of semitrucks using their engine breaks and then lots of sirens and honking...
-bathrooms & showers==4 stalls, 4 showers and the shower heads are at 4 foot nothin...

Explain your class setting for us...
-Native instructors?==yes my teacher got back from SLC mission in February and is now teaching...not married...our other teacher served in Peru and learned English strictly from reading the Book of Mormon in Ingles...and she's married
-room setup==a set of bunk beds, 4 closets, a set of bunk beds, the window. then on the other wall the exact same set up except only 2 closets
-room size==they are an okay size, about the size of the class rooms.
-# of students==8 guys to a room, 14 people in my district
-study materials==Spanish for missionaries, spanish for missionaries: grammer and vocab, grammer book, and then pamphlets in Espanol
-suggested learning tips you have found work well===FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS because then you can have fun later :)

My system is finally getting used to the food...all water comes in water cooler jugs and we drink from those.  The water bottles are purification bottles (i.e. drawing from the river) for later use.

I now have a buzz cut, can you believe that!!  They strapped me to the chair and shaved it alllll off... dahhhhhhhhhhhhh ;) haha jk :) but I really do have a buzz cut...

Sorry about the spelling and grammer... I keep mixing up spanish and ingles and then I'm typing fast on an all Spanish keyboard...presents it's own challenges... :)

My companion is a really spiritual guy and is mas o menos good at the language...

Interesting note:  Taylor Shepard from Viewmont swimming is here on his mission and Elder Landon Ward from Viewmont is in my district going to Xela :)

Oh, so fun story...a couple days ago we were out at sports and saw these little fingers poking through the we went and checked it was a little (7 aƱos) Guatemalan kid, so we talked to him for a little while about soccer and school...that was fun :)

Alrightie, so the market was anticlimatic...but it was good to get out of the CCM :)

Also last week we had a Q/A with missionaries and the area president Presidente was one of the most spiritual meetings I've been was crazy!! :) Then yesterday his first counselor came and spoke as well :)

Well, love you guys lots!! hope everything is going well!

Elder Flake
Aaaah #7 bottom bunk...home sweet home

My district going to the market in Guatemala City

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