Roller Skating?!?! You bet! I went roller skating this afternoon! I haven't been since I was a teenager, but guess what? Nothing much has changed - same music, same games, same smell :-S. Nostalgia is strange sometimes.
I went with a couple I met through my French school, so we had a very nice conversational mixture of Spanish, French, and English. It was a workout for my brain as well as my legs! Speaking of legs... It did take me a while to find my "skating legs" - I was a windmill for at least the first half. But then I found my balance, and even started to get the hang of the cross-over turn. Spinning, squatting, and skating backwards will have to wait. I got a little cocky, and so I fell twice. I'm not going to count all the times I grabbed at other skaters - a very common occurrence for nearly everyone - all in all, not too bad.
Some details: the rink is in San Pedro, just across the circunvalacion from the Mall San Pedro. Skate times are at 1-3:30, 4-6:30, and 7-10. Entry and skate rental is c2000 (about $4) at the 4:00 time slot. You can choose between in-line or traditional skates. Skate are in USA sizes. Shoe (etc) check runs c150, but some people keep a small backpack with them for that instead. Sodas are c500. I did not hear any songs from KC and the Sunshine Band, but there were definitely others from that "original" era of skating.
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