Swimming

Sorry, it has been a while over here… AGAIN.

How typically Canadian of me to start a post with an apology! 😉

We have been doing quite well over here. Winter is slowly coming to an end, with snow flurries here and there, but nothing stays on the ground anymore. In the past few weeks, I finally bought a new (second-hand) bike and went for a ride along the river. It was still chilly but it made me feel alive. There is something so simple and freeing to be on a bike. I don’t know if it’s speed, the wind on my face, or the simple fact that I can go fast with the sole strength of my legs. In any case, I visited two different swimming pools, subscribed for a monthly membership (it can be used for any of the four city’s swimming pools and their fitness centers), registered the boys for swimming lessons (90% of which was paid by the city! — a program for low income families), and have accompanied them for their first official swimming lesson! It was all very exciting for me and for them.

I used to swim a lot, eons ago, when I was a young (and fit!) student. The only team sport that I actually liked to play was water-polo, which I played regularly for a couple of years in Montreal. I like to find myself in the rhythmical balance of breathing and movement, it’s soothing. Ironically, before moving to Brazil, I thought that with the year round beautiful weather over there I would certainly find a pool and swim more regularly than I did here. Unfortunately, unless you pay hefty condo fees to have access to a pool or a club membership, there are no public swimming pools like there are here in first world countries. Sure, theoretically there are amenities such as schools, pools and libraries in Brazil, but like most things, there are not easy to find, not easy of access, not affordable for the general population. As the Brazilians say, é complicado.

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Early morning view of Detroit on my way to the pool on the pathway with my bike. Happiness.

 

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4 comentários sobre “Swimming

  1. Well-maintained swimming pools are not THAT easy to find. Same as a good beach, it’s rare and precious! Glad to see you’re finding some much-deserved time for you 🙂

    • Are you talking about the pools in Brazil or Canada? I have seen so few swimming pools in Brazil, that I can’t really give an opinion on it (there was the pool at the hotel where my parents stayed last year, which was small but clean, and the huge pool at a private club in SJC that I could see from the street. It was never used, and I never figured out how to access it). As for beaches, I agree, if they are crowded they will most likely be very dirty, but if you go further in the less accessible ones, you might get lucky and find a hidden gem!

Oi! Tudo bom?

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