Dear Friends, Family, and People Who Stumble Upon This Blog,
Welcome! First of all, I just want to clear things up. The beautiful background picture with the pink sunset and the beach and yadda yadda yadda IS California. It is also NOTHING like where I will be serving. I'm going to Riverside! If you would like a zoomable map of where I will be, feast your eyes on this!
So basically I'm not near anything that California is famous for. No Disneyland, no golden gate bridge, no beach, no Hollywood....I'm not sure about orange fields though. Must research this further.
I will be speaking Espanol, which will be quite the adventure, as my Spanish right now is basically limited to what I can translate on Bing. (Me gusta helado y pinas.) Furthermore, this is the actual, factual last time that that Hope Thomas in the flesh will be posting on this blog. The remaining posts will be excerpts from the letters that I write home.
ALSO: I would loooooooove for you to write me. I would cry salty tears of uncontrollable joy if you would write me a handwritten letter, since I only have a 40 minutes a week to read AND write emails. But if it's email or nothing, for goodness sakes email me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My email for the entire mission can be found on the right hand side of this blog, as is my address to which all letters may be sent.
I love you very much. yes, you specifically.
(I can't believe I'm about to say this)