Actually they have summer camps here better than they have at home. Besides being remarkably cheap, the options are stupefying. For 90 minutes a day, every weekday, for seven weeks, each kid gets to burn off some energy and, not insignificantly, parents get a little of their own time. (Though we miss them horribly during these times away. Horribly. It's almost painful. Horrible. Yes, another Pilsner, por favor.) And it costs about $35 each for the "summer" (it's actually winter down here, but you can't tell.)
Here is by no means a exhaustive list of the sports/activities available:
Chess, weightlifting, boxing, martial arts, bailoterapia (dance workout), figure (roller) skating, basketball, archery, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, BMX, ice cream eating (kidding, of course...that's just automatic for every child after every activity every single day).
Duncan started with the obvious route, soccer (fútbol here, of course). Whatever doubts we had about Duncan having Wu Hyperactive Affective (WHA?) disorder were dispelled as he rolled, flopped, skipped, motorboat lipped, and in all other ways failed to pay attention to one moment of actual gameplay. He managed to touch the ball a surprising number of times by simply being where the ball was randomly kicked (then howling as if he were the victim of a driveby soccer assault).
|Not exactly a form to strike fear in the heart of a goalie|
|While yelling "arrrggghhh"|
|No problem--just fall more slowly and you'll be fine|
Piper, on the other hand, has been a regular monkey with her first choice to take climbing. While Duncan has the speed in the next generation (Piper looks like Chubby Checker when she runs), Piper has always had the grace and fearlessness. Fearlessness is key at this climbing wall, which is about 50 feet high (and she hits the top), and offers to break your fall with a parking lot paved in gravelly blacktop (which can be quite forgiving on a hot day).
|We'd like to thank Monodedo for their generous $10,000 sponsorship of this page|
The national climbing competition is this weekend at this wall, but Piper's coach thinks she can compete for our province (Azuay) in the next meet in November in Quito. You may notice that there is little competition in the age-7 category.
|Am I in the right class?|
|They kick balls at me. Can I come out? I wanna come out!|