Today was our day to be tourists in El Salvador. We rode in our school bus to head to the beach or playa in Spanish. It took about an hour to get to the beach. Our camp is on the north side of El Salvador and we went to the Pacific Ocean on the west side of El Salvador. The place was called Club Tecleño. It was a club where you needed to have a membership to enter. One of the leaders of CCI in El Salvador, Denora, seems to have a hookup everywhere and she brought us to this place. It was a beautiful place with palm trees and hammocks and cabanas throughout the club. Some of our team had never touched or seen the Pacific Ocean so it was a surreal experience. It was huge of course and amazing to know that just a few hours ago we were up in the mountains.
We were incredibly surprised to learn that we were going to get surfing lessons! Later we found out that our instructor was the number 2 surfer in El Salvador. So it made sense that he was teaching surfing and he was really good at it. We were all so excited to learn how to surf, only a couple of us had ever tried to surf. It was so much fun to try to learn something new.
This is the location we were at for the beach. La Libertad, El Salvador
We had a ton of fun at the ocean. After our stay at the beach, we headed back into the capital, San Salvador, and went to the market. The buildings were packed full of souvenirs and things made by the locals. We enjoyed the atmosphere, trying to figure out how much things cost and bargaining for them.
We arrived back at the camp grounds shortly ago and hung out with the national staffers that will be working with us tomorrow. That means that kids are coming tomorrow!! A new camp starts which means we get to love on kids and share the gospel with them!
Here are pictures from the day at the beach
This is Thomas and Kevin on a GIANT rock in the ocean
As you may know, a day at the beach can make even the strongest of men and women tired. So there’s no shame in a little nap.