Tag: Sauna

Revisiting the Bucket List

I've reviewed my 'Bucket List' now that I've ticked off a few items, and decided to add a few more for good measure.

40 days until Tokyo!

Today marks the 40-day countdown to my next trip to Tokyo and to say I'm excited is an understatement. We're going to firstly spend an evening in Schiphol Airport's Hilton Hotel and then fly to Tokyo the following morning with Finnair, via Helsinki. This was how I got to Tokyo when I brought my nephew, ...

A Dutch interlude

I'm sitting in Amsteram's Schiphol Airport, waiting for my flight back to London. I've been in the Netherlands since Wednesday, when I flew over for a conference.  Work-wise, it wasn't too bad. But I was a little sleep deprived (one night due to impressive thunder and lightning!) and survived off some pretty awful conference food. ...

My Singapore Onsen Experience: a little slice of Japanese spa culture

After a few days of jet-lagged work/survival in Singapore, I'd adjusted to the time difference and was enjoying my visit. Unfortunately, it was time to come home! Note to self: ensure the next visit to Singapore includes a weekend for adjusting to the time difference and enjoying the nightlife a bit more! All the same, ...

Surviving my first German sauna

I spent an exceedingly pleasant birthday weekend in Berlin last week. Friday morning to Monday evening was not nearly enough to take in the whole experience, but despite historic sites all around me, I spent more time in the sauna than any other place. Let's rewind. We were staying in the Hilton, which has a ...

Detox bollocks

It's the time of year when all the newspapers are advising their readers to engage in one form of detox or another. They spend all of November advising us which fattening food to eat to have the 'perfect Christmas' and then point out we're fat and out of shape and 'need' to go on a ...

Missing my sauna

Regular readers will know how much I like my sauna. Most saunas, actually. As long as they're clean and not filled with sociopaths. I use the sauna in my apartment building at night, as it really helps me sleep. It's also somewhere to think and reflect. Obviously, I can't use technology in there - not ...

A tough week: cough, cold, accidental nudity.

Not tough as in "I just lost an election to a sociopathic orange-skinned, baboon-faced sexual predator with a history of lying and manipulation", but tough nonetheless. I've spent my week battling a cold and cough that kicked off as soon as I arrived in Stockholm on Sunday afternoon. It was nowhere near bad enough to ...

A Seoul Sauna Surprise…

I've been lucky enough to enjoy some significant sauna time during my stay in Korea and Japan. Our hotel in Seoul had a super sauna and hot baths, where I soaked and poached myself quite a bit. I find the process incredibly relaxing and, when done in the evening, it guarantees me a good night's ...