Here I Go!
I’m heading off to Cambodia for two years and I can’t wait! I’m reporting Dec 7th 2011 and I’ll be serving for 24 months. I hope all of you who are interested can read and see all the pictures and adventures I’ll get to experience and share many stories with all of you! Best wishes to all and God bless!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
There's literally no driving rules here. It's crazy! There are no rules and no speed limits and no cops. You can drive wherever and if you are bigger you win. The big van totally wins! It's crazy in the city and everyone and their grandmas have a motor scooter that they do anything and everything with. They just go wherever, no rules and we just bike on the street like a car and you honk to tell someone you're coming so it's always loud and just the best. No street lights either. In the city there are some but they don't always work so you don't have to follow them if they don't work. I have a bike that was left at my really nice house for Cambodia. Its more like Aladdin than Jungle Book and it's pretty big, really big. I have a good bed and ac in the room we sleep in and good fans in all the rooms. We sleep all together in one room. The four of us Elders are all that's in our area in this kheet. The senior couple lives next door and the church is right there too. We had our first lesson with 5 girls outside that are all recent converts and I was sweating so much, it was ridiculous. They all laughed at me cause I'm big and sweatin and they don't sweat cause they are cooler. They wear long sleeves cause they are afraid of the sun and it's just funny. I am doing good with the food and eating mangos as much as I can. We eat a ton of rice and I had my first Sunday here too and it was totally different but good. I don't understand any of it really and I just tried not to laugh at them singing cause they can't sing or keep time so they are ahead of the music all the time. I have to learn how to play the piano cause they just have them recorded and the senior elder wants me to do it so there ya go.
We are busy all day every day and its just awesome! Our area rocks and I hope to have some baptisms soon so it will be fun. Our lessons are very simple and we have to explain a lot of stuff so its just fun. My sittin on the ground skills need work and my knees are always sore but whatever, the work is worth it and I can explain why so its not a big deal.
The people are friendly to me and think I'm really big and they like my name cause its the sound a giecko makes so its all good. I have a little red bike that makes me look huger, so perfect, I can scare the Cambodians too. Anyway, we teach like 5 or 6 lessons a day sometimes and we are always busy going places so its fun and I love it. I get to ride my bike and sweat my face off every day and that is the best part about it cause I'm so tired when I come home I can't wait for bed time at 9:30 and it's soo good. I sleep fine and I'm all good. You can send mail to the mission home as I probably won't get it except for around transfers. I can buy a meal or two with a dollar here so it goes a long way for that kind of stuff. I have everything I need so don't worry about me, it's just like a big campout! I teach English once a week and when we teach english we say I love you big, big! I love you and miss you tons and will take tons of pictures!
Love, Elder Joshua Decker
posted (and edited!) by Mom