Hola! This is my second time writing this post, the first time in not sure what happened but it got deleted >:|
So my day was a long busy but fun day! It was labor day here today in Ecuador!
My day started out with going two buses with Jo and Andrea (Jo's sister$ we went to the market! It was a cool market! I was able to buy a few things! The most important was I got my mom a mothers day gift! I can't wait for you to open it mom!! It's really nice and pretty!
Then we came home on one bus and a taxi. We road in a taxi cuz Jo's head was hurting and he didn't feel well at all :-( poor guy has a 'man cold' lol
For lunch we had tomato soup, and you put popcorn in it! I know that sound weird...but it's actually yummy!!! And we had rice and beef...NOT CHICKEN!!!!!
After Lunch, Rachel (Jo's mom), Andrea (Jo's sister) and I and of course Jo went to a 'Spa' I got a hair cut, manicure and a pedicure. Jo was really funny there...I called him my personal translator lol he was a good sport about being with us woman! It was actually fun! I say actually fun cuz those that know me know that I am not a girlie girl! I don't go for pedicures cuz I HATE people touching my feet lol. But I did it to hang out with Rachel and Andrea! Which was fun! And the crazy thing was all 3 only cost me $21 plus $5 tip! So cheap! I added a pic to show you what the look like!
After the spa Jo's dad came to pick up Rachel and Andrea. While Jo and I watched to one of his guys that he mentors Paul's surprise bday party. While we were walking I saw a statue on the mountain and asked Jo what it was. It was a statue of the Virgin Mary. I thought to myself...man that would be awesome to go up there...maybe next time I'm in Quito!!!
We got to the party! There were a lot of people there! I felt awkward a little bit cuz I didn't know them and could understand them, however Jo translated a lot for me which was really nice of him! Cuz I imagine it's hard to constantly translate esp. when you are with friends and you wanna talk to them in your own language but still want your friend that doesn't speak your language to feel left out! What a good selfless guy!
Ok this is where the story gets cool! I see it as a God moment!!! While we were at the party Jo received a phone call from his parents, they wanted to invite Jo and I to go up the mountain where the Virgin Mary is to see the city at night!!! I thought wow thanks God, He heard my thoughts and wishes about going up to the statue and answered it!
Up on the mountain it was sooo pretty to see all the lights of the city from the mountain! While we were up there I was in awe! And I thought wow mountains are huge and this one wasn't even that big! I then thought of the song Mighty To Save, the chorus says 'Savor, He can move mountains' wow God can move mountains! What a powerful God we serve!!! Kinda made that song more real! That was the first time I thought about it that way, I've seen mountains so many times before!
We also drove in downtown Quito. There are a ton of Catholic churches, like one every block, at least that's what it felt like!
Then we stopped at the place that had a few food trolleys that cooked real Ecuadorian food. And Jo's dad asked me if I wanted to try some Ecuadorian food. I said yes! But first I needed to pee so badly! (it's all the water I've been drinking to stay hydrated!) Jo took me to a restaurant and they didn't have a washroom, and we saw a police station down the road. It was kinda dark going there, it was kinda scary cuz there were a few guys wondering around on the sidewalks. So as we walked there my heart was pounding hard and I was praying for safety. The policeman on duty let me use their washroom there! And on the way back to the food trolleys we ran! We were running my shorts were starting to fall off, so I was running holding my shorts lol
We then met up with Jo's parents and they gave me a piece of meat, however Jo wouldn't tell me what it was until I ate a piece. After I ate it Jo then told me it was cows butt...it was really gross, and even grosser now that I knew what it was lol
Then we headed back home cuz everyone was getting tired. Wow I can believe tomorrow is my lay day here in Ecuador. 3 weeks went so fast. I have done a lot in 3 weeks and I've covered a lot of ground!
I received an email from ACCI missions giving me an assignment that I need to do to prepare myself as I come back to Canada! Please pray for me as I complete the assignment and do a self debriefing about my time here in Ecuador! THANK YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH FOR PRAYING AND YOUR SUPPORT AND FOR FAITHFULLY READING MY BLOG! It means A LOT to me, more then words can express!!!
See you soon! I can't wait to talk with all of you and share my stories and show you all pictures! Don't worry I didn't take nearly as many pics as I did this summer lol