Sunday, August 22, 2010

Coimbatore, July 28

Elder Riley and I are getting along well. Like my last American companion Elder Gervais we are very little alike (he was an Idahoan skateboarding and snowboarding semi-punk high schooler before his mission) but it doesn't really matter too much. We've been spending a lot of time laying in our beds at night just talking and telling stories about our lives so we know who each other are, which is the most important thing.

Elder Riley works hard also and understands what things are effective, especially which people we are going to be able to help and which ones we aren't. When we think seriously and honestly about it, we often realize that we aren't able to help someone, but they often are still happy to have us continue visiting. We are visiting far fewer people here than in Hyderabad but it seems we are able to plan for and concentrate on the people we are visiting.

Coimbatore is a pretty nice city, it's fairly developed with some Western shopping outlets (Reebok, etc) but we stay and roam in the more residential, less city-like portion. The sambar is really good here but the vegetable fries aren't any good; in Andhra the opposite is true. So when we get meals (=thali), we just have rice and sambar instead of rice and vegetable fry.

That's about all, life is good, I'm happy, so
with love,

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