Hey everybody thanks for the happy birthday wishes!
My birthday was really fun! We had a district meeting with just the elders because one of the sisters was sick. But it went really well.
Then after the district meeting we went to KFC for a birthday lunch. Then we went to go check out an Easter târg to try to get some traditional Romanian Easter stuff. Then when we were leaving, there was this Easter demonstration going on, so we stopped to watch a little of it, and then it started moving!!!
It turns out it was this thing called "Drumul Crucii," (the road of the cross) which was basically a demonstration of the crucifiction. It was pretty intense. It turned into basically a parade-type thing that went all down centru. We didn't stay for the whole thing, so we didn't see him get put on the cross, but what we did see was crazy and helped to show what He went through and kind of give more of a real-life visual of what happened. Maybe a little much, they really focused on the cruelty and beatings and stuff, but it was interesting to watch nonetheless. After that, we got to watch an Easter/birthday movie! We watched Despicable Me 2 and that movie is awesome! So funny.
Also this last week marked me officially only having a year left as a missionary! Next week I will have done more than I will have left. It doesn't feel like that at all; I still feel like I just barely got here. But I only have a year left. It came way too fast, and from what I've heard, it just keeps getting faster. It has been going like that the whole time already so that shouldn't be too big of a surprise haha. But it's just weird.
For P Day yesterday we went to Timisoara! We were going to play laser tag, but because Easter was yesterday, everything was closed. So instead of that, we ended up just hanging out with the entire zone in a really cool park and slacklining, then playing games at the church there, and we even saw a little bit of a soccer game! It was a super fun day. Then we took a train home! So super fun P day!
Also this week was obviously Easter, and Romania really celebrates Easter all out, even more so than Christmas. It's basically a 2 day holiday; Saturday was învierea (the resurrection) and Sunday was Paștele (literally the passover, but Easter). And Saturday night they have a midnight mass. And we got to go!
So we went to that and it was really cool. They had the main priest who sang the Easter story in the style of a monotone chant. And then they passed around fire to candles which everybody had, and the goal was to get home with the fire in the candle still glowing, which basically means a lot of luck for the next year, from what I've heard. It was really cool.
Also, Skyping! We get to do that again and hopefully this time we won't get interrupted haha! Just let me know when everyone can, we can do it either on mothers' day or around there. We can use the church computers here so scheduling shouldn't be to much of an issue.
Also I got the new camera, because of the freaking last one breaking, and it was a great deal and it's a pretty good camera! And I have been taking a LOT of pictures haha. Proof:
So yeah! That's about the week! We also did some contacting and we had a lesson set up, but he bunged us. We're trying to get the branch to start having activities again. I think right now we're going to make strengthening the branch a priority right now, because of many reasons. But yeah there we go! More pictures following!
Lots of Love,