Saturday, April 24, 2010

Swimming at the Vatican...almost

A few months ago I started swimming in the pool of the Pontifical Oratorio San Paolo. It is connected to the Patriarcal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, and is an extraterritorial zone of the Holy See. That means it is technically not Italy, but part of Vatican City, under the jurisdiction of the pope. The facility was built during the pontificate of Paul VI. (Rumor has it that Swiss Guards swim in the pool on Sunday afternoons.)
This is my swim suit. As you can see, it is "Italian Style," with not much more fabric than my swim cap!

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