What a great day to spend with all the exchange students at the beach! First, we met at Holy Trinity College and waited for our bus. We were very antsy to surf and enjoy the summer weather. We weren’t able to surf right as we got there, so we all decided to play beach volleyball. Even Mr. Merklin and Mrs. Fox joined in along with the students. After about an hour, the game faded off and some of us decided to take a quick dip in the water. Finally, after an hour and a half the five-time national surfing champion, also known as Martin, helped us get a hang of the board. We had to accomplish three obstacles before actually surfing. Let’s just say surfing didn’t come natural for everyone. Afterwards, we all hit the water, and everyone got about five to ten minutes trying to stand on the board. The best part was watching your friends from the shoreline as they struggled to stand and finally bailing off the board.
– Michael Ramirez
Shortly after the surfing lessons, we ate lunch. Once everyone finished eating, we all laid out for a little bit and most of us fell asleep. When we all woke up, we realized we had been in the sun for too long: we were all sunburnt! With about an hour left on the beach, the guys went to play soccer while the girls hung out on the sand. At one point, Martin came up to all the girls and gave us all hugs; it was definitely the highlight of our day. We then packed up our things and made our way over to the bus. Mrs. Fox was very excited to give us some candy called “Bulldogs,” which was similar to Nerds in America. Once she passed those out and we took a picture, we headed back to Holy Trinity College. A little while later, some of us met up by the beach with Mr. Merklin and worked out. We did lots of running up and down stairs! Haley also led us in an ab workout. Although we were all pretty gross and tired from our day at the beach and working out, some of the girls went to watch a dance class, which happened to be taught by the same woman who will be teaching us the Tango on Friday!
– Sabrina Goodwin