First Email from France!
October 6, 2014
I'm emailing from a tiny internet cafe in Saint-Severe in Rouen. It smells like cigarettes. Then again eveything does. I'm glad you have seen some pictures. I didn't bring my camera today but I didn't take a lot of pictures anyways but I will in the future!
Mission president here is awesome. Main church buillding and secretary offices are wayyy cool in Paris. It's in this really old but big stone building in a large alleyway. There's a small visitors center as well. It's by the new art museum. Right next to the modern art museum I think and Notre Dame. Saw Notre Dame and it is both huge and cool. Didn't have time to go inside. We don't have time to really do anything actually.
The language hasn't been as bad as I thought. I can understand 50 percent of what most people say and 100 percent of my companion. I can communicate basically everything I want to. Ordering stuff around town is difficult because I often can't understand enough due to my small normal words vocabulary but I can understand everything Gospel related. t's about what I expected only a little dirtier. Nothing here look clean but it's Europe so whatevs. All the building here are really old on the outside and new on the inside and I love that. EVERYONE here smokes. EVERYONE. It really blows my mind how much lung cancer there must be here. People just throw cigarette butts EVERYWHERE. Their public transportation and metro is really nice. here in Rouen it's all we use. We don't have a car but I don't want one anyways. You have to pay for bathrooms here which I find to be comical. I think the conversion rate for each Euro is 1.3 American dollars and if that's the case things here aren't super expensive but they're still more expensive. People in France just crack me up sometimes. I think it's funny how no one shows emotion in public. Little French kids are the cutest FYI I always look down expecting english and they speak french and it's the cutest thing ever.
The downtown is pretty cool. There is cobblestone everywhere over here which I like. The church is right next to the main massive cathedral and it really is massive. We spent yesterday at the Branch President's house and saw the 2 sessions of general conference and then the priesthood session. We saw the first sat session with a member satuday night and it was kinds long because it was in French and her family was crazy the entire time so that was a long 2 hours. Talks in conference were great from what I saw. We haven't seen the last session yet but plan to soon because I want to hear Bednar.
All the homes and literally everything here is so much smaller. And I know the people are smaller but proportionally wise things are smaller. The US has everything super big and in abundance it's crazy. The food here is totally different from the United States. I've just eaten everything whether I like it or not. Mom would probably be shocked. I doesn't bother me a lot. We haven't had any good food yet.
Have not even seen a glimpse of anything else really besides Notre Dame. We are really busy. We did do this thing the 2nd morning called consecration hill where we go to this big palace/castle thing with a huge garden and look out over the city east of Paris and compare it to Lehi's dream where he saw the great and spacious building and that was really cool.
I gave a priesthood blessing my 2nd day so that was cool. Rouen is pretty cool. It's starting to get a little colder. We never see little kids in the city which is different from Utah a lot. The French are very polite when they talk to us but almost all of them reject us. We found several amis this week while tracking and picked up 3 new people to teach. We had 2 before and 2 less actives. Had 8 lessons last week which wasn't bad.
Love you all so much and if you ever send letters I expect pictures of you guys in them.