this has been an eventful week. literally we filled so many events into this week it has been crazy. tomorrow is a PD day which makes it all kind of worth it! it all started Tuesday when we got to sit down with most of the ladies of Highlands to choose Bible Studies. after just like one decision was made we headed to the high school soccer game. the energy was incredible, but they didn’t quite have enough to pull through a win. they played so great and I really enjoyed getting to see the other students cheer them on.
that night i was hit with some pretty sucky news. my family had to put Toby, our dog of 13 years, down. he was blind, deaf, and just in a lot of pain, but it is still hard to hear that news when you are not around to do anything. it was the first time it has really hit me that i am in another country and not just a short car ride away from being there when my dog dies. the next day at school was rough (no pun intended), but those around me were so encouraging and loving.
^^^ the team had a giant jersey hanging from the stands ^^^
that next night (Wednesday) i got to cross something big off of my bucket list! A BOLIVAR VS THE STRONGEST GAME. my roommate is the kindergarten teacher and her and another teacher were invited to the game with a few extra tickets. of course i jumped on that right away. so we dressed in our blue and headed up to the game. it was an incredible atmosphere. i really miss that stadium type atmosphere. we cheered for Bolivar as hard as we could but they, unfortunately, lost to the other La Paz team, The Strongest. i love the rivalry that these two teams have and i think i have finally chosen my side. after seeing them play again each other i am going to choose BOLIVAR as my team! after the game we were starving so we decided to get off the mini at a corner with a Bolivian food called “anticucho”… this is beef heart. yes i was scared to eat this, but once i saw it i decided it was a must that i try some. i think it is one of my favorite things that i have tried since i have been here. they pair it with some small potatoes and a spicy peanut sauce. i will definitely be eating that again!
Thursday morning was not a typical morning. the new teachers had visa work to be done. we were supposed to be back at the school at 10:30, but we rolled up around 1:00. it was a bumpy process and i am so thankful for Monica [our immigration angel]. she has walked us through every step of this process and been so patient with us when we don’t understand anything they are asking us. i am also thankful that the process is almost over! Friday finally came and we got some wonderful relaxation time. MOVIE NIGHT! it was a night to relax and just be with each other. it was much needed.
Saturday morning/day was the most eventful day of the weekend. FOUR WHEELING. a bunch of of got together and went up to Mallasa for an adventure. we took the four wheelers across some of the most beautiful terrain i have ever seen. it was a side of La Paz i had not seen yet. the mountains were amazing. it was just simply breath taking. that is truly all i can say about it. pictures do not do the trip justice.
fully loaded weekend, it was..
i am completely exhausted, but i would not change a minute of this weekend of fellowship with these wonderful people. every single day it blows my mind that i met everyone less than a month ago [today is my one month-aversary of being in Bolivia]. they have cared for me and loved me so well already. this weekend was a Psalm 55:14 moment. “We who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.” i am falling in love with this city and the people i get to hang out with everyday.
-people are starting to get run down and sick, so just prayer for health as we continue on into the weeks to come. -patience as i continue to learn a new culture and a new job.