Friday, September 6, 2013

They're driving us crazy or is it they're driving crazy?

"Only in Serbia".....Serbians drive sooo crazy!  And Alan has mastered the Serbian way of driving...I have mastered just shutting my eyes tight and not saying a word. ;o)  On the AutoPut, which is their freeway, it is not uncommon to have cars pass us going at least 100 miles an hour.  The AutoPut only has two lanes going each way but it allows for fairly easy driving.  But to get to most of the small towns or even to NoviSad the small two lane highways (which are narrower than normal) must be used.  Big semi-trucks and all wind through these small towns.  What makes it scary is that people pass with very little leeway into oncoming traffic and if they decide to pass you and there is no space between you and the next vehicle, oh well, they just nose their way in.  They are very aggressive drivers and honk if you show the slightest hesitation about moving when the light changes red; or if you are not traveling fast enough; or if you are waiting for a pedestrian; or etc. etc.  Anyway you get the idea.  Alan has amazed me, we travels into these big cities like Belgrade and NoviSad like a pro.  Belgrade is like driving in NewYork and just as big and congested as New York.  He looks at a city 'paper' map (GPS is not so reliable over here) and somehow he imprints that map in his mind and away we go.  Even the young missionaries are impressed.

We had five investigators to church last Sunday which was very exciting.  We had given some white shirts and a pair of suit pants (left by missionaries) to our sweet man that walks to church.  He wore them Sunday and looked very nice and he was so proud.  We also have two sisters that came who have set baptismal dates (the sisters are doing a great job) and also attending was our non-member missionary man that invites everyone to church but will not commit to even being taught by the missionaries.  We are slowly teaching him in church; he just doesn't realize it yet.  We are also finalizing the buying of items for the hygiene and school kits.  Our humanitarian missionaries have been great to work with. Hopefully we will be able to have it all collected and assemble the kits the end of Sept. after we get back from our trip with Daniel and Anna.

Yes, Daniel and Anna arrive next Friday and we are so excited.  They will speak in our Sacrament meeting on Sunday and then Monday we will leave for Lake Bled.  Because we can't leave our mission area, they will continue on to Italy and we will travel down the coast of Croatia which is reported to be beautiful.  We will meet another missionary couple down there for an evening and then hopefully have some time to rest.  (We have had very few P-Days).  Then in a few days, Daniel and Anna will travel back to Croatia and we will meet up and continue sight seeing.  When we came on our mission their coming seemed so far away and now it is marks the half way point of our mission.  It reminds me of that old saying that said something like, "Don't spend so much time looking so far ahead that you miss today".

Sorry, no pictures this week, we have been too busy or like the old people we are, we forget the camera.  Also, if we don't post on the blog for a week or two, just smile and know that we are having a wonderful time on the coast with our kids.

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