Summer swim weather may be about over for most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, but there are always indoor pools for the year-round swimmer. Bex can be sometimes be found at her blog This 'n' That. She can also be sometimes found in her adopted country of Greece.
How countries can be compared to swimming pool etiquette
Wait, let me explain this one.
So there I am, sitting with my croissant and coffee, checking my emails in the morning and surfing Facebook (addictive isn’t it?) when I happen across a post from my friend in the
. She’s p*ssed because off she trotted to her local swimming pool and the man next to her wasn’t keeping to his LANE. And he was SPLASHING her, and not keeping to the CORRECT SIDE of his lane, and how DARE he not keep to his lane. UK
It got me smiling and thinking. I replied to her Status Update with what now, in retrospect, seems to be a rather sarcastic comment by saying “Ohhhhh! How terribly British! All this mentions of correct ways to swim, lanes, etc. Try coming to
– swimming is SO much more fun!” Greece
Now back to my point. It got me thinking how swimming pool etiquette is pretty similar to how a country is run. Think about it: the
is efficient, runs along rules which, most of the time, work and keep people in order, knowing what they can and can’t do. Pretty much like when swimming and keeping to the correct side of your lane, please. UK
. Ahhhh Greece : chaos reigns. But it’s a sort of nostalgic chaos if that makes sense. Out of this chaos of people swimming wily nilly in the pools bumping into each other, riding around not wearing their crash helmets on bikes, occasionally making their strong feelings felt in public (too right!) and generally sticking two fingers up to authority, there emerges a weird sort of respect and order for each other. People stick together more. Greece
Paradoxically, to actually gain entry into a public pool in
is like trying to get access to the Oval Office of the White House: you need a gynaecologist report and dermatological certificate to certify you are ‘clean’ enough to swim in their pools (not hotel pools). But back we come to the Greece lack of respect for rules: all one needs to do is pay the Dr and he gives you a clean bill of health anyway (not that I’ve ever done that – ahem). Greece
UK Public pool (note how civilized everyone is??)
Note the comparison? To be fair to the Greeks, I think they might be tourists
(what IS it about sunshine that drives them to do crazy things??) Source
What's the pool etiquette like where you are? Do you go swimming during the winter? Are you looking forward to the Fall season?