This week has been great/very interesting...
First of all... sorry for the boring letter last week. I think this
one will be considerably more interesting...
So, last Monday, after writing to you. After eating lunch we went to
the center of Medellin to buy some stuff to bring home. We hopped on
the metro train and headed in there. As the train arrived to a
station near the center, it stopped and they told us to get out. So
we did... Then, over the intercom they told us that there was a
public disturbance going on in the center. We didn`t think too much
of it (because we are in Medellin...) and decided we would walk to the
place we wanted to go. We soon realized that everything was closed
and no one was around. We looked down the street and BOOM! Startled
but intrigued, we went to take a better look when BOOOOOM! Then people
start running and screaming. Followed by gunshots. A cop comes over
to us and asked what we were doing there. Then told us to leave or we
would get in big trouble (actually he said some pretty strong spanish
words...). Then BOOOOOOOM and more screaming. So we left.
Turns out, public disturbance was a huge understatement haha. It was
a full scale riot. Some protesters were pretty mad about a new
regulation or something.
Pretty interesting, huh? But wait! There is more!
Later, after returning to our area to work, we ate dinner and headed
on to another appointment we had. So, we hopped on the bus. Now,
this story might make you worry. So to start out... I just want to
say that we are fine. We were the only ones on the bus and so we
decided to take a quick picture out the window. After a few minutes,
about 3 motorcycles frantically stopped the bus and before we knew
what was going on, we had been jumped. About 5 or 6 guys had gotten
on the bus and were yelling at us and demanded all our stuff. They
started hitting us and beating us and taking our stuff. Then, they
got off the bus. But they were still blocking us off. After a few
moments, they got back on and started giving our stuff back.
Apparently they didn`t want to rob us... they just thought we were
police or something taking pictures of them. Talk about paranoia...
We are fine. We were definately protected seeing as how, after
talking about it together, we hardly felt the hits to our heads. We
both commented on how they hit like little girls. But, it was super
interesting to have that kind of experience. So that`s what it is
like to be ambushed and assaulted by a Medellin gang...
On the brighter side of things... Conference was amazing. I really
really liked it a lot. I really tried to see what they were trying to
tell me, and it worked. I loved every single second of it. I can`t
wait to read over the talks again. I particularly loved the talks by
Elder Oaks, Elder Holland, Pres. Uchtdorf, Pres. Eyring, and as
always, Pres. Monson. It was a great conference.
I am excited to see you all! I can`t believe the time has almost
arrived. I love you all and can`t wait to see and hug you all! Have
a great week!