On Saturday Pastor Andrejs picked us up and took us down to the sea in Jurmala. This is a seaside city and is also where the president lives. In fact, we parked very close to his palace and walked down to the beach. The sand was very soft and the water was not salty. We went in the waves with the people there from Andrejs' church. The waves and current were very strong with 4m waves! The water goes out a long way before it gets deep. The others out there showed us that you went out a ways, then it got deep, then you got on a sandbar where you could touch. The section on the sandbar had a very strong current and waves. Some people behind us were swimming and got very scared, but they were alright. We played in the sea for a while then went back to beach and had a lunch of cheese and salami sandwiches with fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, which you eat at every meal. Afterwards, I played Smash Potato (a version of beach volleyball in a circle where if you miss your ball you have to go to the middle and other can
spike on you - hence "smash"). It was fun and we had great fellowship. The next morning we found out from a friend who had stayed at the beach a little longer than us that a man drowned in that deep spot before the sandbar. We thanked God for protecting us.