Monday, February 8, 2010
The climate and my lifestyle here has presented a few new habits as well. Italians are very adamant about drying their hair after getting out of the pool or a shower, so everyone has a hair dryer. I actually really appreciate this part of their culture because my hair has to be dry in order for me to put any product in it anyways, so I've taken to it quite nicely. The part I did miss out on though is how important it is to use the dryer to dry my feet. It's too cold to wear sandals and often too cold to go without socks at the house, so my feet are always covered and apparently not always dry. I happened to notice my feet feeling funny while I was walking through Catania during the Saint Agatha celebration. When I got home I took off my shoes and socks only to find what appeared to be athlete's foot. DIS-GUST-ING! At home I would have gone right to the store and bought some spray. Here, however, you have to go to a chemistry (pharmacy), which is its own separate store, which presents another problem: now I have to tell someone about my foot fungus (embarrassing) so they can help me ask an Italian pharmacist for what I need. Great. So, Chiara, who is a good friend and whose dad is our team doctor, took me to a chemistry to get the magic foot powder I needed to make this foot funk disappear. I have to put it on after every shower, which means I have to bring it to the locker room with my team (even more embarrassing). As I was putting my foot powder on after practice today, I looked up to see if anyone is noticing, but, instead, I see one of my teammates doing that same thing. Apparently it's not that uncommon, especially for aquatic athletes here, and not much to be embarrassed about at all (although it is still really gross). I will, however, now be thoroughly drying my hair and my toes from now on, even when I'm back in the States. I don't need to be taught that lesson twice!
Aside from using the average four squares of toilet paper and my newly acquired foot powder, I haven't had to make too many other changes to my regular routine, except for trying to learn Italian, which is not quite as easy a task to master as flushing the toilet less and drying your toes more...We'll see how it all pans out.