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filling the void

Monday, February 12, 2007


Heaven is a radically heated room.
At least that's what it felt like on Sunday when me and a friend went to the neighboring town of Oldenzaal to check out the Saré sauna and beauty complex.
Back in the day when I was living at home, I used to sauna all the time. At some point I remember doing it about 5 days a week. Of course, having your own sauna in the basement really helps make this happen, but there's just something about sauna that makes me want to do it over and over again. Maybe it's my rabid hatred of cold weather, or maybe it's just the relaxation of knowing that you're in there to relax, and nothing else. You can't work AND sauna at the same time, it's just not possible. It's me-time, pure and simple.

When we got to Saré (after braving the elements, bus connections and wildlife of Oldenzaal with surroundings) we were issued bathrobes and firmly instructed that at no time were clothes to be worn inside the sauna area. Then this cute girl (very rare here in Holland) gave us the grand tour of the facilities. It must be weird to handle naked people every day for a living, but she seemed to be used to it by now.
There were a total of nine different saunas that were part of the main themed collection, and then two more that were for silent contemplation or some such, as there was no talking allowed in them. There were steam saunas with lights and a slight menthol smell, there were saunas with colored lights and a wonderful lavender smell, there was an infrared sauna, an "earth" sauna (100-120 degrees C, a little bit too much for us), and a rose sauna. They also had two jacuzzis, ice cold showers and pools, and a nicely temperated pool at 31C. All in all, the complete sauna package if you will.

It truly was heaven. We spent around 3 - 4 hours in there I think, going from sauna to sauna, inter spaced with the coldest showers known to man. This is definitely something I'm going to have to do again.



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