The last two days have been such an adventure. I still cannot believe we are here in El Salvador.
We had a safe flight from La Ceiba to Tegucigalpa, then from Tegus to San Salvador. Both flights were extremely short, the latter was about 30 minutes. It felt so pointless. Really funny though, about every 5 minutes they announced "No Smoking Allowed On The Plane." It would seem that is a real problem.
When we got to El Salvador, we weren't sure how to find the person picking us up. We had sent a picture of ourselves, but we didn't have a picture of them. Within just a few moments though, I saw a sister waving a songbook. That made it easy. It is so wonderful to have a connection like that, you can identify a Witness so easily.
We went for a tour of the city last night. San Salvador is so BIG! All the shiny lights and buildings and freeways. The most exciting part was seeing a Starbucks. I almost cried. We are suffering from serious over-stimulation right now. There is so much to see and to do here. It is such a contract to La Ceiba. I'm actually glad we came here first before going home, because I think it would have been too much culture shock to fly into LAX straight from La Ceiba and be surrounded by all those people.
This morning we went out in service. Here, they have actual streets and house numbers. That was a novelty. I was so glad I did not take the first door, because they don't yell here. They ring the doorbell. That would have been embarrassing. But the sisters I worked with were entertained by my stories of service in Ceiba.
After that, we went to the meeting. The Hall is very nice, and there were about 50 in attendance. It felt like a huge number of people. There were other visitors as well. I met some other sisters who will be in School with me. They came from Granada, Nicaragua by bus. It was a 14-hour drive. Zach and I have done some long drives, but I can't imagine that long of a bus ride.
The congregation was formed in December, and is mostly made up of what appear to be native El Salvadorians. Spanish is their first language, but all are trying very hard to learn English so they can preach. It was so wonderful to see them working hard to praise Jehovah. They are so friendly too- everyone hugs and kisses even though we just met.
Our host family is a husband and wife, with two boys, age 16 and 13. They have been so hospitable to us and made us feel very welcome. We are just so grateful for Jehovah's organization and all the friends. And they have been giving us the BEST food. I may not care for Honduran tipico, but I love Salvadorian food. Which is not actually that much different, it's just tastier. Weird.
We know it's only been a day and a half, but we really like it here. We are already trying to figure out how we can come back.
This afternoon we went sight-seeing. There is a volcano and crater about 20km from the city center, so we drove up the mountain to take a look and get a view of the city. You can see so far! There were two other volcanoes and a large lake that you could see, and on a clear day, you can see all the way to the ocean.
Tomorrow afternoon we meet at the Hall to get our information for Pioneer School and we start bright and early Tuesday morning. I am so nervous and excited all at once. I cannot wait to meet all the other friends who have gathered here to be together for this first English Pioneer School in the Circuit. And, of course, we will get to see Bro and Sis Turner again. I am so happy I get to be a part of this wonderful experience.
We have taken lots of photos, but all the equipment to get them on the computer is currently packed and I'm lazy. So photos will probably have to wait until we get back to the States. Two weeks, y'all! It's gonna go by so fast!