You may also like January 5, December 31, August 18, pm Laurie. August 18, pm Rachel. August 18, pm Jordan. August 19, am Kaelene Unlocking Kiki. I am a big fan of the sauna, they are really popular here in Iceland as well. But a trip to a true Finnish sauna, that sounds amazing. August 19, am Isabel.
I look at Sophie again and offer a sheepish shrug. Back in the day, saunas were shared among inhabitants of a single neighborhood or apartment complex, but readily available hot running water rendered these public spaces obsolete. Lately, however, renewed interest in sharing the steam with strangers has spurred a sort of sauna renaissance in Helsinki. I was on a mission to explore as many of them as I could. Stepping from the cab into the snowy countryside we walk toward a friendly looking farmhouse — a comforting bit of civilization amidst the unfamiliar darkness. A blast of frosty air rushes past us into a primitive room that glows in the firelight. We push the door shut quickly to ward off the cold, embarrassed by the spectacle our arrival created.
I'm in Helsinki, surveying the city from its fanciest rooftop restaurant. I should be pondering how East meets West here in Europe's north. But my attention is stolen by a more intimate scene on the rooftop below me. It's six bankers wrapped in white towels enjoying a sauna. In all great office buildings — whether banks, insurance companies, or research institutes — a rooftop sauna is an essential part of the design.
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