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Mushroom hunting!

Chanterelles
Have you ever tried mushroom hunting? I love to walk in the forest, and usually I only admire beautiful nature and its silence.

A little while ago I had a chance to participate in a mushroom hunting lesson. We learned what mushrooms are edible and how to identify them.

Cold nights had done damage to many mushrooms, but luckily we found some beauties. Yellow chanterelles were my favorites.

Afterwards we were able to visit a traditional lake sauna. It was a fun and relaxing day!

– Laura

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Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Blue Lagoon Spa in Iceland

Fall is a perfect time for a weekend getaway. A few days in a different environment gives energy to get ready for winter. It is not necessary to travel far away to be rejuvenated, but there is a place I would love to visit. It’s a geothermal spa in Iceland called Blue Lagoon. My colleague Eva visited this place this year and she told me what a special place it was.

She and her husband stayed there one weekend bathing and relaxing.  They enjoyed fresh drinks in the natural shaped outdoor pool and admired the beauty of stony lava fields. I asked her about saunas, but she said they didn’t even look for them because the water was so hot.

The warm waters are rich in minerals and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is said to help people suffering from skin problems. Eva told me that the spa has many kind of energizing treatments, but massage is the thing to try. It takes place in water!

Blue Lagoon Spa

– Laura

Photo: Eva’s hubby

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Jet lag – Killing it softly

Sleep
This summer I was lucky to return to  the US. I spent two wonderful vacation weeks there: I visited my old home town in CT, saw friends and also enjoyed the heat of Manhattan. I had a great time and I hope I’m able to go back soon.

I love travelling, but there is just one small thing I don’t fancy and that is jet lag. Fortunately I’m not so sensitive to time difference as one of my friends. She needs sleeping pills every time she travels over the seas. I try to give my jet lag a soft death.

I have noticed that a sauna is the most effective tool to get sleep and jump back in the right time zone. Also this time it worked. I took a long bath in our home sauna before I went to bed. The heat of sauna made my body relaxed and some how it tricked my mind to the sleeping mode. Another great reason to have a home sauna!

Author and photo: Laura

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Waiting for summer nights

Sun set and the sea

Finally the weather is getting warmer! In Finland it means a few things.

First,  people are coming out of their houses. You can  see neighbors you haven’t seen during the whole winter. Suddenly all people are outside gardening, running, walking and the weirdest of all, talking with each other.

Secondly, it’s not dark anymore. Days are getting longer every day and there is so much more time to do things. Visiting a friend at 9 pm is something you never do in the winter time, but now you can easily stop by.

One day last week I was on Facebook, and noticed that many of my friends has also stayed out long and enjoyed the warm weather. Those stunning sun set pictures brought the summer to my mind. I thought of warm and peaceful summer nights when the sun doesn’t go down, the mind and the body are relaxed after swimming and sauna and there is no hurry anywhere. Just watch these beautiful pictures and you can feel the same.

Laura

Photos: Kim, Maippi, Marjukka, Meri, Pia & Suvi

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Turkish bath in Istanbul

Turkish bath in Istanbul

It was different this time in many ways, a new place to visit and experience. While walking around historical places we started to long for Christmas traditions and ended up in a hamami, a Turkish bath.

First, you chose what you wanted from the hamami, just sauna, scrub or massage or a mixture of these. We chose all three.Men and women went to different sides, me and my daughter were guided to our private dressing room. We left our clothes and belongings there, put on the linen towel and wooden slippers, and  locked the door.

We were then  guided to a huge steam room, where it is easy to breathe, they asked us to sit down on some marble steps and started watering ourselves with a small pail for a while. Then a body builder looking female came and asked us to lay down on a huge marble table in the middle of the steam room. Towel off, the scrubbing started, she did her job very well; everything was washed well with a rough linen cloth and soap, hair was shampooed, skulls were  massaged  and even ears  were washed, which was surprising. Then it was time for the  massages; they were very different, but nice.

We  felt very relaxed and clean, the atmosphere was nice and quiet, and you could tell that those stone and marble walls had seen a lot. Then we went back to our dressing room and took our time to enjoy the moment and relax. Afterwards, we drank some freshly pressed pomegranate juice; it was perfect and  a very good start to our Christmas Eve.

If you go to Istanbul, you have to have this kind of experience. There are hundreds of hamami’s there, but I highly recommend the one we visited: www.cagalogluhamami.com.tr

Turkish sauna slippers

Author and pictures: Anne

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