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I think I learned everything I needed to survive the COVID-19 pandemic during my time in the Peace Corps in Swaziland in the early 1990s -

Vaccines are vital - When we arrived to start our three months of training at a compound near Sibebe Rock, we were prepared for Sis...

Ahh, this is a special set of 11 pools, as it encompasses my first few months settling into our new life in Canada.  We crossed the border on January 2nd, 2019 to start this grand adventure, and was already in my first pool by January 5th. 

Swimming-wise, I go...

April 26, 2020

These 10 pools cover a tight and important time - March and April of 2019 - when we were still brand-new to living in Canada and just as we were migrating from our temporary Airbnb home in Richmond Hill to our new community of Barrie, Ontario.  I was exploring pools on...

April 17, 2020

Had I known that my March 16th, 2020 swim of 1,750 yards was going to be my last for a while, I would have cranked out more.  The following day, Ontario declared its state of emergency and my access to pools was gone. 

It's been a month and I really miss the pool,...

April 11, 2020

I really should choose my next home to be near a university with a great pool that has community access. 

As I doubt I'll be living in Cambridge, MA near MIT anytime soon, maybe Halifax will be the next adventure, a city I quite fell in love with last summer when we vis...

April 5, 2020

I think it's actually good that I didn't keep up with my Pool Pics every time I added a new pool.  Going back and updating these in sets of 10 is great nostalgia, and really drives home the beauty in the wide variety of pools that are out there.  While every pool is sp...

April 1, 2020

I have officially wrapped up my 13th year of this epic quest to swim in 1,001 different pools before I die**.  With all the buzz about flattening the coronavirus curve, I was dissapointed that it's my pool curve that went in the wrong direction:

To be fair to the pandem...

March 28, 2020

Pandemic Panic be damned! 

If I can't go to my happy place, I'm going to think about my happy places.  I've updated my next set of 10 pool pictures and there are some impressive facilities in this list, including ...

March 22, 2020

In retrospect, my wide eyes from my late February swim capture the emotions I feel now, as we all deal with life shut down, self-isolation and, at least here in the Great White North, no access to swimmable water until we get some more melting of the lake ice.  

Wh...

February 9, 2020

While I can almost always wish I had swum faster, I had a pretty perfect day at the Downtown Swim Club's All-Out Swim meet, hosted long course at the Varsity Pool at the University of Toronto:

  • I got to swim two of my favorite events - the 200 fly and 400 IM - and ma...

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