A month or two ago, a friend of Dan's invited us to go to a retreat at Cerro Azul with the "Surfers for Christ" organization. We took along one of our summer interns and two of the boys from the children's home, John* (age 15) and Jeremy* (14). This was a weekend trip so it was fun for me to have extra time to get to know these two kids better.
(*Names changed, of course-I don't know any Peruvians named "Jeremy").
John is gung-ho about learning to surf and took every chance he could to get out in the water. The others at the retreat were a mix of experienced surfers and newbies so there were plenty around to help him learn. Jeremy got out there once and gave it a shot, but his favorite part was definitely fishing off the dock. We got a kick out of him chatting it up with all the fishermen on the dock, trying to learn their fishing secrets and talking them into helping him. He's definitely not shy.
|Jeremy posing for me with his surfboard before running off to go fishing|
One day in August, Dan took all the boys to the ocean to go fishing. They took an hour long "combi" (bus) ride down south to Pucusana, where they rented a boat. The boys were so excited to be out on such a mannish adventure. Between the 10 of them they caught 23 fish! One of the youngest boys, Joey*, was the first to catch a fish and Dan said his whoops of delight were the highlight of the day. (I originally wrote "squeals of delight" but Dan informed me that men on fishing trips do not squeal.)
|Joey* displaying his prize-the first catch of the day|
|We stayed and enjoyed the sun until it set|
The rest of the time we just had fun on the beach; flying a kite, watching the surfers, talking, and doing gymnastics in the sand. (I refrained from the last event...).
|Me and Davy|
|Pamela and John (siblings) enjoying icecream on the beach|
|Girls playing tag on the beach with Bethany|