two weekends ago we had the opportunity to go to s
after lunch we went to a massage place that kellie said her and her husband go. they go a lot and this was cheaper than most other places but they weren’t sure if we wanted to go to it…because the massages were given by blind people! we were so down to go and have that experience so we pulled out our map after lunch and tried to figure out how to get there. as we were looking at our map a nice middle aged woman stopped on her scooter and asked us (in english) if we needed help with anything. it amazes me how sweet and kind these people are. we have been in so many situations on trains or at the metro station or in restaurants where locals who speak even a little english are so willing to help the best they can. we’ve been so blessed. it makes me want to be more like that. anyways, she helped us get a taxi and told the driver where we needed to go. the massage place was awesome! it was a small little building with two rooms (many massage beds in each room) a bathroom and a front desk. we paid for our massage (45 RMB for a 45 minute massage…that’s about a seven dollar massage…sweet!) and they basically shoved us into the room. we were freaking out wondering if we’d take off our clothes, yes underwear, no underwear, do they provide us with other robe type things or something… but they just told us to get on the beds, clothes and all, and they put a sheet over us and got to work. i was lucky enough to get the only male but it was fine. he did a fantastic job but i didn’t get a butt massage like mi
that afternoon we had an adult session of a district conference that we were attending (it was for all of the branches close to s
district conference on sunday was great and after it they had a lunch and fireside with elder pratt and his wife for the single adults. we made sandwiches and had a broccoli salad for lunch. it tasted so good. the fireside was amazing. and then kellie invited us over for sunday dinner! i was in heaven. she made lasagna, pumpkin soup, rolls, salad, and chocolate cake. i even had apple juice at dinner (oh and honeycombs for breakfast with a blueberry muffin, how could i forget!) it truly was amazing. the other girls went to the p
we did have one more thing on our list that we wanted to do and hadn’t done…we wanted to get manicures and pedicures. it sounds silly but i literally felt disgusting every time i looked at my fingernails or toenails. i had such an awkward amount left on from before i left home and i didn’t have any remover to take it off. i felt stupid for wanting one so bad but i literally was going crazy. so before leaving for the train station we stopped quick at the pearl market to get our nails done. we watched the time travelers wife while getting foot and hand massages and shiny nail polish put on our freshly manicures fingers and toes. it was wonderful…except for the fact that our train was leaving soon and we had no clue how far away we were from the train station. we were kind of panicking so we asked the girls to write down in chinese "please take me to this train station" so we could show that and our ticket to the taxi driver. we did that but the drive was forever long so we were worried that we was taking us to the wrong train station. we had told the other girls that we’d meet them in front of the train station 40 minutes before the time that we arrived there. we literally RAN the whole way from where the taxi dropped us off (which was the basement parking garage of the station) to our gate. we kept showing our ticket to people, asking where to go next, while running (and sweating) and we made it in 5 minutes. (mostly because we ran up an escalator that was turned OFF because we didn’t want to wait for the one that was working and going up… we were crazy) when we got to the gate we couldn’t see the other girls. we started freaking out again. our train was leaving in about 20 minutes and we weren’t sure if the girls were still waiting for us at our meeting spot or what. we realized that our train number was both on the left side and the right side so we went to the other side and the girls were there. it really was a miracle that we made it on time. our quick prayer in the taxi was heard and answered. the train ride home is quite a ridiculous story and i've said too much so i'll just say that it was miserable. we got home and that was that. it was a great weekend and i wouldn't have wanted it to go any other way.