When the weather started to warm in late April, many of the residents here began to inquire about the reopening of the pool. The pool has no cover and gets quite dirty throughout the winter and spring, so it needed to be thoroughly cleaned and then refilled. The other volunteers and I also wanted to expedite this process so we could lounge and swim in our free time. Soon after, we got the green light to start the cleaning process and with a singular, not overly powerful power washer (it has a stream much smaller than that of a garden hose) we cleaned the pool floor, which had been collecting filth for months. Soon after, some chemicals were added and the filling process was initiated, lasting about a day and a half. At this point, we had a functional pool for the community’s use.
For the last month or two, the pool has been well-utilized by the community. However, as many of our student-residents begin to depart for summer vacation this week, this will surely slow. But I will certainly continue to use the space for the duration of my stay here in Rome. It is a great spot to swim, sunbathe, find shade, read, study, listen to music, or just lounge with no other motive.