Finally, last weekend, we made it happen. Around 9:30am on Sunday morning, we headed out to catch a bus and head to the park. Lo and behold, the park didn't actually open up until 12pm, so we had to wait a while. It was nice to catch up with Rocio and Karen. Most of our conversations are things in passing because we really only chat in the evening right before going to bed. Sometimes, all we have a chance to say is good night. It was a little blessing.
Also, while we were waiting in line for the park to open, we had to plan out what we were going to do first. Karen and I were up for any ride. Melissa didn't want to do any crazy rides. And I got the impression that Rocio has never been on a rollercoaster, so she was very uncertain. We opted to try "Crazy Mouse" first.
Finally, a little after 12pm, we got into the park and headed straight for "Crazy Mouse". Well, it was an awesome idea, until we got there, one group that had made it there before us, rode the ride, and then it broke. Womp womp.
Instead, our first ride was the Ferris Wheel. It was nice to get up high and see what all there was in the park (not that it was real big) and you could look out over the ocean and over the surrounding cliffs. It was an excellent and calm way to start the day.
We rode lots of spinny rides, checked out the crazy mirrors, and went down the slide. The basic rides that you'll find at every park. Unfortunately, the spinny rides get to me after a while, so didn't ride all of the ones I wanted. We did however make it back to ride "Crazy Mouse".. it was a must.
We noticed that the food stands were all in English and were selling some familiar fair foods. I got a little excited. I got a corn dog and it was awesome. We also had to buy a funnel cake so that Rocio and Karen could know the glory of funnel cakes. It had powdered sugar, strawberries, chocolate, and whipped cream on it. So good! I think the girls enjoyed it too. :)
While we bought the funnel cake, we had a chance to talk to the lady making it about what was up with the fair. Turns out it is a traveling fair from the US, hence everything written in English and many of the event workers speaking English.. This was their first time in Lima, but there are plans to make it an annual event. They shipped all of their equipment down by boat. All of the workers were staying in trailers set up near the grounds. So, it ended up being a day of sharing something from our culture with the people here, but without the cost of the plane ticket. Haha.
After that, we went to see the circus. I may be wrong, but I think it is the first time I have seen a circus act in person. Man, it made me nervous. Swinging up real high. Balancing on things high up in the air. My heart was racing for them. The clown was pretty funny and one of his games was to get a kid to only say the word "chicharron" regardless of what he asked. The kid never knew when the game ended, so he just kept right on saying chicharron. It was hilarious and cute.
As we headed out of the park, Karen remembered she had a few more tickets left, so we found a game to spend them on. We only had enough to buy one chance at winning, so no one wanted to do it. Finally, we talked Rocio into the game were you pop a balloon with a dart. We handed her the dart and she asked, "what do I do with this?" After a brief explanation and one toss, she popped a balloon! She won a very handsome little starfish. It was the best!
We had a great time at the park, and only got a little bit sunburnt. We even made it to church before it started. A very successful and fun day!