It's the start of spring, a time most Finns in the cool, northern city of Helsinki, consider warm. Looking lame in a woolly hat, leather gloves, and bandana over my mouth to keep whatever little heat inI make my way to the public sauna.
Police in helsinki have stepped in to censor an artwork that consists of a naked year-old woman in a glass case. the woman will have to wear underwear during her finnish sojourn—having gone completely nude in the seven countries the work toured before finland.
So, being the stereotypical kiasu PenangiteI have to try it. A Google search lists five places that offer the cultural tradition of getting hot, wet — and nude — with total strangers. Each public sauna has its own character and locals have their favourites, I learn. But at that hour, I was desperate. No reservations are allowed and entrance fee is 15 euros RM Kulttuurisauna in Helsinki. A short and tanned Malaysian sticks out like a sore thumb in a room full of tall, fair to the point of translucent Finns.
I undress and shower.
No hanky-panky is tolerated. Saunas are a leave-your-filthy-thoughts-at-the-door kind of place. Monkey see, monkey do, right? Everyone is respectful.
Polite smiles are exchanged. I sit next to a huge rectangular window that looks out into the harbour.
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The worries and stresses melt like dewdrops on a sunny morning. This is the life. The lady next to me notices. Aurora Nuuksios traditional sauna cabin at the Nuuksio National Park.
It seems like forever, me clinging on to the cold, steel ladder by the waterfront. The toes make it in first.
My irrational mind starts to wonder if frostbite would set in. I drop the towel and jump in. Less than 10 minutes in, I make my way back into the sauna again. I wanted to swim longer but my limbs were on strike.
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No more hang ups inside the sauna this time. I was just thankful I survived the dip. The smell of wood is cathartic — like an intimate embrace. In my birthday suit, I make my way to the chilly green lake.
The wind is cold, and I feel alive. I stripped naked for an authentic sauna experience in Finland. Living 4h ago Get paid to go green: Seattle is incentivising sustainable transport options.
After swimming in the buff, the writer is now comfortable baring it all. The first time I Article type: metered.
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