Puerto Rico San Juan

On September 14, 2013 I received my call to serve as a Mission Nurse Specialist in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission for a period of 18 months. I am always up for a new adventure and look forward to sharing my journey with you.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hola!  Another week of misc missionary ailments.  Most are usual "mom" things, but it is interesting I have had a couple of 'thank you' call backs ie.  "I tried what you suggested and it worked!"  Along with the missionaries, I am learning 'what works' as well.  

The weather continues to be beautiful.  As I was driving to Aguadilla on the NW coast yesterday, I was reflecting re: the beauty of this land.  Even more stunning than the scenery on cruises to the Western Caribbean and Alaska/NE US.  There is a more amazing surprise around every curve.  In addition to the lush greenery, flowering trees are part of the landscape....a touch of Spring.  I hadn't anticipated any sign of seasons.  

Ten Senior missionaries met at Caminito, an Argentine restaurant with a touch of Puerto Rico - wonderfully flavored steaks - need to take Dave when he comes down sometime.  I was told that one waiter is from Cordoba where Dave served his mission.

Kris and Eric will be heading south to visit in mid April.  I look forward to touring the Island with them along with an overnight visit to Vieques which we reach by Ferry.

I was humored by a sign I saw yesterday on my return from Aguadilla.  There was a 2 story building.  The Social Security Disability office (Discapacitado Seguro Social) was located on the second floor accessible by 2 flights of outside stairs.  Hm-m-m.  I had been told that many here are not willing to work and progress due to the availability of US Federal programs.  Food for thought :o)

The only inconvenience this week is my dead cellphone.  Verizon and Steph are sending the replacement phone.  The old Droid red flashing light just kept flashing until the battery ran out and I was unable to reset or even turn it off.  I realized that 1/2 of my brain is in that phone.  FYI - my mission cell phone is 787-413-3777 and home phone 939-338-7644.  Either can really be used anytime.

Just tasted a homemade soup I just made for dinner with leftover turkey and Kluski noodles sent by Heidi in a care pkg.  I discovered a great soup mix today at the Amigo grocery store (owned by Walmart) - it contains everything but the kitchen sink and no prep work!

I have my first Spanish lesson from the MTC via Skype at 6pm my time tonight followed by an hour with an MTC tutor tomorrow PM.  Hope I am ready for this!  PR does not go on Daylight time, so we are on the same time as FL for now.  Enjoy the photos!
Hatillo - behind Wendy's

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