Typhoons and Pig Buttholes (Week 9)

Zach’s Mom’s Note:  This letter is from July 11, 2016.  Oh, and seriously… when the missionaries you are with, that are from Taiwan, won’t eat something… that’s a clue you shouldn’t either!!

Well this week was a pretty crazy! We had definitely our lowest numbers for our key indicators because we just had such an abnormal week…

Well, definitely the biggest this that happened this week was the SUPER TYPHOON that pretty much just wrecked all of Taiwan. We weren’t allowed to leave our apartments until the storm blew over, so it was pretty dang boring!! We did go up onto the roof of our apartment during the eye of the storm and that was way cool! The day the storm hit Tainan (where we live), we pretty much made calls all day long trying to set up teaching appointments, and we got like one add because people were just going crazy about the storm. Like all week people were telling us we were crazy being outside because of the weather, even though the storm hadn’t even hit yet. Taiwanese people are super scared of the rain so it’s super funny!

Anding July 10 2016 Crocs

Typhoons call for Crocs everyday!

We got qinged like crazy this week, I don’t even know why hahaha! I went to probably one of the nicest restaurants I’ve ever been in in my life on Thursday with our LA, L. J. It was at least a 1000 kuai buffet in this super nice hotel, so they had unlimited sashimi and basically anything you could want. We ate so dang much I didn’t even eat at all the next day haha. A couple funny things happened there.. the first thing is that one of the sons of L.J.’s  friend who is like maybe 7, went hard like the first 15 minutes of the buffet and ended up throwing up all over the table hahahah. Like I had eaten maybe one plate, and this kid puked everywhere. Well he looked super embarrassed, and then he ran downstairs and got like 3 more plates and kept on going hard the rest of the night hahaha. Also I ate jelly fish for the first time at the buffet and it was pretty flavorless! Pretty much felt like eating snot, but that’s ok! Also I made the most awkward eye contact ever with this white dude, who was clearly a businessman, at the restaurant. It was like… both of us don’t belong here, so that was funny.

We got qinged to another chidaobao the next day which is literally ridiculous. The Stake First President took us and the Yong Kang 1 elders out to ShiTou, that place where you grill meat on the table in front of you. It was super good and we ate a ton, but the funniest part happened when we tried to order this specific kind of pork to grill up. Basically the way the place works is that you ring this bell at your table and give the waiters these slips of paper that have a ton of options on them, and they bring you out what you marked. I was sitting next to Elder Spendlove, who has been on island only like 6 more weeks than me, so we didn’t know what each of the options were, because we can’t read all the Chinese yet. I know what the character for pork looks like, so we just decided to order all of the pork stuff and we were bound to get the right one. So they brought out this plate of meat and we started grilling, and they had these weird looking cuts of meat, and one definitely looked like a butthole. Well we decided to try this strange meat and what do you know… it was 100% pig intestine, and we just happened to get the very last piece of intestine which is the butthole. LET ME TELL YOU, PIG BUTTHOLE TASTES EXACTLY LIKE YOU THINK PIG BUTTHOLE TASTES LIKE. Probably the grossest thing I’ve eaten in Taiwan thus far. I swear I can still taste that aftertaste. Another funny thing is that Elder Lai (the missionary from Taibei) literally refused to eat it when we offered it to him. Chen HuiZhang, the guy who took us out to dinner, ordered a ton of different organs and stuff to grill up, and he kept putting them on Elder Lai, and Elder Nelson’s plates because they were right in front of him at the table, so those dudes got way more than they bargained for hahaha #XingKuTamen

All in all, another great week here! Today were going to go to YuJing, which is the mango capital of Taiwan, and hopefully have some fun eating some mangoes there! I currently have the stomach flu, so that sucks, and I got about 2 hours of sleep last night, but that’s ok! I LOVE TAIWAN!

I hope y’all had a great week! This week I challenge you all to serve somebody else, however that may be, but I promise that if you do, you will make their day! I don’t have a ton of time to write, so this email is pretty short, but I love you all!

Love,

Elder Stroud

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