These deeys I'm-a brooshin up ohn me geordie! (To be spoken exactly as it sounds)
Yup! Its tyme for ya to larn yersel sum geordie! Don't worry, you'll get used to it ;)
So, that's pretty much how the people speak over here, and its borderline classed as a different language. Thankfully, even though I might not understand all of what they're sayin, they pretty much understand american english. So the geordies (not to be confused with the machams, big mistake if you do) are the people of the north who are born on the sides of the tyne (a river that empties into the north sea). Their accent is more Scottish than English, and they are known for their friendly, easy-going nature. Guess what? Newcastle is full of 'em! And that's not all! Its also full of immigrants from east Europe, whom I love to teach! The for the first time in almost 9 months, Ive talked to someone from Slovakia! (And many Slovakians are exceptionally prepared to receive the restored gospel) And Ive been needing to brush up on my Russian for a while now ha ha, so I'm quite excited!
My new companion is Elder Spencer Burt, (Funny first name, huh?) from Logan, Utah. He's an aggie, but that's okay, we manage to live through our differences :)
This weekend I was able to meet most of the Chinese investigators that we are teaching currently, and they are all very nice and fun people to be around. They are currently working on giving me a Chinese name (all Chinese missionaries and their companions have Chinese names) so I'll have to let you know what it is when I get it ;)
Ive also had African food TWICE in the past 5 days, and the first one was at Zinnah's house (from Liberia) which was super spicy, and the second one was at Toko's house (from Angola) which had ribs which were way nice! Us missionaries sure get spoiled when it comes to food ha ha :)
Church was great, the Newcastle ward is at a nice, quaint size, which is great because in the big wards (like York or Doncaster) you don't get the chance to connect with everyone, and you become just another missionary to some people. However in smaller wards and branches, the people seem like they need you a bit more, and they are more willing to get to know you and help you with whatever :) We had quite a few investigators at church as well, which was great. I sat in on the Chinese gospel principles class with some of our investigators, and Elder Burt taught (teaching some of the time in English and some of the time in Chinese, interesting experience) It was so much fun to get to know everyone :) I'm really excited for this new area! (Gasp! It might be my last!)
Well, currently I'm on exchange right now in an area called Gateshead (which is where my trainer, Elder Pass, was trained) and there are so many different types of people here! Its great! And Jews! There like a fairly large community of jews here in gateshead as well ha ha :) Its amazing how different life can be when you move only a few miles...
Anyway, I've got some things to take care of for mothers day, so I'll write to ya next week!
Elder Gabriel G. Spencer
PS I forgot my camera at the Newcastle flat, so I'm not able to email any pictures this week. But next week will be great!