Tag: Sauna

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 ...

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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Onsen fun

Yesterday, I spent three hours naked with about 100 Japanese men, lolling about in hot water. No, this isn't the beginning of some tabloid exposee on my private life. I spent the afternoon at an onsen, in Osaka. Actually, it was more like a super-onsen and not in the least traditional. More like a hyper-onsen. ...

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Grannies in swimsuits

After three days of a crazy work schedule here in Dublin, I'm more tired than...a very tired thing. My brain is mush and I'm rather looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. Actually, not eating my dinner in the same room I sleep in would be a welcome change. Room service is not as ...

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In which I reflect on spa etiquette

I’m in Canada at the moment, having just left Montreal for Quebec City. Our hotel in Montreal really was wonderful – the fact that we had three different hotel rooms and needed to move room once at 10pm notwithstanding, the stay was relaxing and fun. The hotel had its own spa, consisting of a nice ...