Tag: Sauna

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 ...

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 ...

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Seeking sauna solitude

I'm spoiled. I know this. We have a sauna, a gym and a pool in our apartment block. And while the gym is maddeningly over-subscribed (it's one way to get to know your neighbours - up close and personal!) I usually have the sauna all to myself. And we know how much I love a ...

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Big Easy? Far too easy…

I spent yesterday lunchtime at The Big Easy in Canary Wharf, grazing through the brunch menu like some particularly greedy livestock. It was a special occasion, as we're celebrating @FrankDJS's birthday all weekend long. I went in with the best of intentions...an omelette, maybe eggs benedict or something. Unfortunately, they ruined all my plans in ...

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Making bucket list progress

Several moths ago, I made a list of things I'd like to do before I'm 40. My very own 'bucket list'. Purely arbitrary, nothing to do with impending death. I need to emphasise that - every time I mention a bucket list, people think I'm about to share some very sad news about my health. ...