Proverbs 27:17 & Bananas & Buses

Happy 3 Week Anniversary to me ! I have been in Montevideo for three weeks, and this is what’s been goin’ on:

I can take the bus to and from the church all by MYSELF without getting lost. For me, this is a huge accomplishment since my mother has always told people I can’t find my way out of a paper bag (which actually isn’t too far from the truth).

Teatro Solis (Cuidad Vieja) because I can take the bus to see it.

Teatro Solis (Cuidad Vieja) because I can take the bus to see it.

Do you know what’s more distracting than reading all the books as you’re shelving while working at a library (s/o Warner Memorial Library)? Reading documents in the archives room at the cathedral, that’s what. This past week I’ve been doing some work in the archives room, and aside from a few things in Spanish I don’t understand, and some number figures that means nothing to me, the rest is all quite interesting. I even found a pamphlet from probably the early 90’s about being thankful, and in it there was a photo of Portland Headlight. You can always find a little bit of home no matter where you go !!

Catedral de la Santísima Trinidad

Catedral de la Santísima Trinidad

Last Friday I decided to venture (by foot because well, the only bus I know went in the opposite direction) to Estadio Centenario (where the first FIFA World Cup was played !!). Even though football (futbol, soccer) is not my number one…or two…or three sport, I have started to enjoy it, and being a sports fan in general, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. In the museum part I was able to learn a bit about the history of football in Uruguay and some general history of the country as well. On my way back from my visit I apparently missed a turn (who would have ever thought I would make such a mistake ?!), but it was for the best as I found the most adorable and delicious empanada place in my time of wandering.

Estadio Centenario

Estadio Centenario

One thing I appreciate immensely about this city is the abundance of open air markets (ferias). It’s so lovely to have fresh fruit (especially bananas, they have been my fruit of choice these part two weeks), and I enjoy simply wandering around and see some of the culture.

At a Feria

At a Feria

Lastly, one evening last week Proverbs 27:17 came up in conversation with a fellow YASCer and I had forgotten how much it applies to this adventure. Proverbs 27:17 reads as follows:

“As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.”

The amount of support I have received from my fellow YASCers, and all of those friends and family back home, and the people I have met here in Uruguay, is overwhelmingly beautiful and something to be joyous about. I hope we can continue to sharpen one another !! Also, in Spanish the verse is translated as:

“El hierro se afila con hierro,
y el hombre en el trato con el hombre”

The day after I reflected on this verse, the word “afila” (sharpen) came up in conversation during my Spanish lesson, so surprisingly I knew what the word meant, and was reminded of the verse yet again. God moment…check.

143,

Kirst.

You can take the girl out of the trees, but you can’t take the trees out of the girl.

Estoy aqui ! I am here ! I arrived in Montevideo, Uruguay safely on Friday. The past three days have been filled with settling in, meeting new people, and finding my bearings. Of course the plane ride is when it hit me that I will be gone for an entire year. Luckily, a friend had made me playlist for the plane ride and the first song was “Oceans” by Hillsong, and after listening to it, I calmed down and remembered God is with me each step of the way and He will pick me up if I stumble.

Since arriving, I have met some extremely generous and friendly people. I have spent some time with a few members of the local congregation, and I feel so welcomed by all. The cathedral is stunning and the service was just like at home. There is a small Spanish speaking service, and a slightly larger (yet still small) English service. I am looking forward to truly getting to know the members of the congregation throughout the year.

Today I took a walk in the park with my new friend that I spent time with yesterday, and as we were walking she taught me the names of the trees in Spanish. SO MANY PALM TREES. I don’t think there is a Spanish translation for “tree hugger”, so maybe I will have to be creative !!

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Also, last night was Daylight Savings, so I am now two hours ahead of EST since it is spring here and we sprung forward an hour. I am sure the opposite seasons will through me for a loop or two, or more throughout the year !!

“You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown, where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, my faith will stand

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior” – Oceans by Hillsong

143,
Kirst.

P.S. Knowing how to say your grandfather is Italian in Spanish will get you invited over for a ravioli lunch. Que Rico !!