Well my first week back in Slovakia was interesting...there were good things and bad things and a few weird things. It was wonderful to be back in Slovakia...I just love it here so much. And the language is so beautiful! So here's a few things from my week:
Monday: I got a feel for Bratislava and we helped Sister Belbi Minya finish packing everything up.
Tuesday: This was an adventure! So we took Sister Belbi Minya to the train station so she could go to Prague. The train was late and when her train arrived there were so many people trying to get on but we finally got all of her bags to her seat. Right then though the train left! So Sister Wilson and I were on our way to Prague. :) We called Prezident to tell him we were leaving our area and when the ticket checker came by we explained that we wanted to buy a ticket to the closest city. It was the same person who helped us to get the bags on the train. He was so nice and thought it was funny and didn't make us buy a ticket! It all ended fine...we got off about 40 minutes later. We got back to Bratislava just fine though. Then we had district meeting when we got back. A great quote from district meeting, "A wife is part of the family. She actually is the heart of it".
Weekdays: This week was very rainy! And a little chilly too. So one day this week we were contacting and heading to catch our tram when it started to rain lightly. We walked a little faster but the rain came harder and harder. So we did what anyone would-we took shelter under an ice cream stand! We bought cones and talked with the ice cream man while the rain turned into a downpour. The ice cream man was really nice and we talked about missionary work and why were serving missions. He at first thought I was a Slovenka but my accent gave me away! While there we tried calling the Elders to see if anyone was close or in the building were we had spare umbrellas but they were like us, pinned down 5 minutes from the building in the pouring rain. When the rain let up some we decided to make a run for the building. We got there and then headed out to rescue some of the Elders (they had a meeting they needed to get to). We were wet but we were going home so it was fine.
Saturday: While Sister Wilson and I were out contacting we heard someone yell, "Sisters!" We turned to find a YSA girl we didn't know with two friends. She introduced herself as a member from Slovenia and that she and her friends had been attending the YSA conference in Poland and were meeting up with the rest of the group to head home. We walked with them for a while and met 10-12 Slovenian YSA! They were so cool! I love meeting young church members especially here where the church is still small. Then we headed to Sports day. We played soccer in the park.
So the worst part of this week was when I got a phone call from Prezident McConkie. He was calling to say that Sister Baird and my extensions had been vetoed. Normally for the 30 day mission president extensions, he wouldn't need permission, he just informs Salt Lake so they can keep their records updated but when they said they weren't allowing extensions I guess that meant every type of extension. To say the least I'm a little crushed right now and highly disappointed. I guess I'll be seeing you in October after all...
To answer a couple of questions - My new companion is Sister Wilson. She is in her 3rd transfer now. Sister Jones trained her here in Bratislava and follow up trained by Sister Belibi Minya. She's really sweet and we get along well. We've talked about our transfer goals and so we're pretty well in sync. As for the missionary work -There are so many people here to contact compared to Mlada Boleslav! It's wonderful! We have a few investigators but really need to build up our pool.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Sestra WhitneySarah Johnson