I was unprepared and I didn't have a BoM to give her, but I could tell she really wanted one to study from. So the flight people gave us soft drinks and after I drank mine, I went to go reach for something in my purse, but I ended up knocking over my cup of ice and spilling it everywhere, which was embarrassing. As I was bending down to pick up the ice cubes, Elder Sorenson also "helped" me pick up cubes of ice and slipped in Sister Christensen's mini BoM into my purse. Elder Sorenson is so sneaky! I thought he was being nice but he just wanted me to give Betsy a BoM! It was a great plan though. I think spilling that cup was on "purpose". I wrote down my email on the inside cover so if she had any questions she could email me. She wrote the date and my name on it also. It was a nice experience to be able to share the gospel with someone on the plane(:
England is great! It's just like Half Moon Bay fogginess but chillier. If I wear tights, scarf, peacoat, and a beanie I am nice and warm. It wasn't as cold as I was predicting(: I don't have any asthma or allergies...yet anywho.
Oh if you want to send packages they have to be addressed to Lister House, I think the mission office sent an email to you about that. Also don't write the price on it, else I'll get taxed for it. Write "gift, not for resale" on it. I don't know what I want, maybe candy because English candy is depressing. Well at least the ones I have eaten. I am not sure if I need bew see. We do walk a lot but my feet are fine for the most part.
In the flat we cook all our food, so the first night we had pasta, then pizza, and dan bings. Real veggies and fruit no canned or frozen MTC stuff. I really want to eat at the take aways here, but it's cheaper to cook your own food. I had a tea (dinner) appointment last Friday. It was a nice meal of veggies and egg and bacon pie. I enjoyed a home-cooked meal. English bacon here is different -- thicker and less fat but still delish.
My trainer is awesome. She takes good care of me. But the first few days were killer. Jet lag and teaching lessons don't do well together. My trainer threw me in on my first lesson...I had no idea what they were saying! I was literally in my first area for an hour and a half and she put me in two lessons. MTC Chinese and real world Chinese have a ginormous difference. I thought I was going to die out here and I really wanted to go home. But it is all good now.
We mostly walk on foot or use the bus or metro. They say met-ro here ahah its fun. I'm learning the accent here as well. It's like learning two languages.
In Newcastle there's 2 Chinese companionships -- us and Elders. We mostly teach the university students here, but I shall email more later or write a letter and tell you more about England. I am out of email time (1 hour) so I shall write next week.