French Lessons: Le Pediluve
This week I decided that if you ever want to know what it feels like to be an Olympian you need go no further than the French swimming pool. Each time I go my mind is a bit blown by the sheer lack of speed and innovation in swimming strokes that witness visit after vist. It was so awesome to watch the French swimmers medal at the Olympics, because on the rarest of occasions (ok, twice) have I found anyone who can challenge me in the pool. In any case, I continue to go and be mystified by surroundings, which extends to the rituals of getting to the swimming pool. One of the standard operations in any swim is a stroll through le pediluve. I wish I knew the translation in English, but I’ll just say it’s a couple inch standing pool of water that you must walk through before entering the pool area. Sometimes it’s cold, sometimes there’s stuff floating in it, but either way, I’d definitely recommend les tongs (flip-flops) for any visit.
In slightly related terms involving speedos, check out the animated gif for un bronzage cyclist. And speaking of speedos, don’t miss this hilarious story about speedos out of the US by my friend James Magruder.
French Lessons is an ongoing series where I teach you French words and cultural lessons while beefing up my Illustrator skills.