Wow it is already time to write again!
We went to Baikal today. It is a beautiful place there. I drank the water right out of the massive lake. The water was so clear. Baikal is so huge! It looks just like the ocean. If only we had fishing poles. After looking at the lake and taking pictures we went to the main reneek and I bought a nesting doll for you mom (it's purple) and a few other things. We also ate плов which is like fried rice and chicken and pork and also шашлыки which is like a shish kabob. The food was good then we hopped on a taxi back to Irkutsk and from there a bus back to Angarsk. It was fun and I would definitely want to go again but it is in total four hours of travel so it isn't something you want to do every p-day.
I almost forgot, this week was New Years. HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! The Russians love it so much. It is their favorite holiday. it is basically Christmas for them. They still have Christmas but it isn't as anticipated for as New Years. When we went out on New Years the streets were basically empty, I guess everybody partied a little too hard the night before. Seriously it was odd how few people were on the streets, we took a tramby and we were the only ones on it and they are usually loaded. It was still fun to be what you could of called a ghost town. We had to go in at 5 pm. We did weekly planning in that time instead of doing it on Friday. And then we played ping pong the rest of the time. Somebody sent Elder Lyman a mini ping pong net and a ball and two small paddles. So naturally we moved our kitchen table into the living room and had tournaments of ping pong. You need to send me one of those mom! The whole time we played we could hear fireworks outside and could see a few. It is actually kind of funny because they celebrate for about 10 days. It starts on New Years and ends a little after Christmas (Jan 7th). So we will be out contacting and fireworks will be going off behind you or in front of you. It is so fun! I wish it was like this all the time!
The struggle this week is that I have been losing stuff like crazy. I lost my book that I have been keeping for 19 weeks about what happens in the week so right now I am having trouble remembering. i also lost a hacky sack Elder De Sandres mom gave to me for Christmas and just yesterday I lost my planner. It was a good time to lose it I guess though because we were on our last day but this is just getting out of hand (literally!).
It has been getting warmer and we have been on the streets a lot so that is a blessing. The transfer ended this week and all four of us elders are staying here in Angarsk but the sisters are both out of here but are staying together and going to Khabarovsk I think. I get to train Elder De Sandre for 6 more weeks which I am excited for. Oh I just remembered something! Last night when we were calling the sisters like we do every night they didn't pick up and their phone was native stupen. So me and Elder Lyman figured that we would run over to their place to just make sure everything was OK. We ran there and once we got there this police car pulled up with his lights on and asked what we were doing and Elder Lyman told him we were checking on our friends. They asked for our documents and we gave them to them and everything worked out, they thought it was a little strange that we were running at 10:30 at night but everything was fine. We called the sisters through the door phone but it was just ringing and nobody was answering. Then the sisters called us and said that somebody was outside of their door calling their room haha. They could see us through their window but thought that we were somebody different. We told them it was us and they were so glad because they were so scared before they knew. Haha that was the first time I have had a police even talk to me my whole mission. They were really good guys though.
Well sorry I can't really remember much else that happened but I am going to buy another notebook so that I will next time. Tell Weston поздравляю for me.
I love you all!