Last week was transfer week, always a very busy time in the mission. The typical comings and goings were a very untypical one: our daughter, Lizzie Davis, arrived for a one week visit!. We picked Lizzie up early in the morning at the airport, took her home, then went back later in the morning to pick up a new missionary, Elder Henrie, who flew in from the Madrid MTC. We are especially glad to have Elder Henrie since 11 misionaries completed their missions and returned home on Wednesday!
We also took Elder Hutchison to the airport Tuesday morning - he is going home for possible surgery to correct a medical problem. We hope to have him back in a few weeks!
We brought Elder Henrie home from the airport via Montjuic, where a thick fog obscured our views of the city, introduced him to his new companion, Elder Dillon, had lunch, and sent them on there way. In the meantime, we finished up final interviews with the departing missionaries, then had all 11 of them up for dinner and a farewell and testmony meeting. As is our custom, we then all went down to Plaza Catalunya where the other Barcelona-area missionaries and many members were singing hymns. This is a wonderful tradition which we cherish.
Wednesday morning it was back to the airport with four calls filled with missionaries and luggage and a last goodby to our departing missionaries. We look forward to seeing them again at reunions!
The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca
The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.