Monday, November 16, 2015

Cosenza y Panzerotti

Cari Amici e Famiglia,

This week I traveled to Cosenza and it was an abnormally smooth and tranquil transfer for me.  No sweating, no running, and no starving (office gave us breakfast and lunch bags).  Before the 5 hour train ride down to Calabria it was a little more hectic running to say goodbye to all the homies in Rome 3 and eating tons of their food. When I left I was a little unsure of how things would be when I got off the train in Cosenza because every time I said I was going there people would be like "ohhhh I'm sorry."

Anyways Anziano Borner, my new comp, was waiting at the station for me in Paola and after getting all my stuff off the train and saying goodbye to the other missionaries heading to Sicily we took another quick train to Cosenza. When in Cosenza we got on a bus to go home because the station is quite a ways away from our apartment.  While we were waiting another bus showed up that we thought may have been better so my comp got off while I waited with my luggage to check it out.  Then my bus takes off without him and I halfheartedly (because they never stop) shout, Aspetta! (Wait!)  Luckily he stopped when he saw my comp running the bus down.  It would have been interesting wandering a unknown city without a phone and all my luggage for who knows how long.  Then we stopped at home (big and pretty nice though it was not clean enough for me) before heading to the church for some lessons and English course.  While at the church and for our last lesson of the night a member walks in carrying some food for us...  And believe it or not she had fresh panzerotti!!!! (folded over fried pizza that I ate not enough of while in Bari).  All my doubts about how the last leg of my mission being spent miserably vanished and I actually began to weep a
little.  I knew everything was going to be okay.  And I have found that there are many good things about Cosenza.  There is a Lidl (amazing German grocery store), a Zara, an H&M, and many other cool stores all in this clean, well kept city.  It reminds me of earlier in my mission in Sicily with all the good food and beautiful classic Italian cities.  There aren't a ton of members but they are strong and kind.  The work is also really good and we have some very cool and interesting investigators.    I really do look forward to all the new experiences and people that will come with this area.

Anziano Blazzard

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