Sauna non grata?

April 7, 2008

Time for another edition of Life without cable TV… Some guy in Russia has built a sauna in a four wheel-drive vehicle, so it can go just about anywhere, and now they are charging customers.

This is a brilliant financial model, what with fuel being so cheap these days. Why not take a gas-guzzling personnel carrier and drive all over creation just to reach a handful of customers? Oh, and did I mention this is in SIBERIA, an actual synonym for nowhere?

Meanwhile, we can only guess what’s going on in this photo. It appears the guy in the middle is flailing the other dude with branches because he just found out what it’s costing them per gallon of sweat to sit in this thing that would be free at any decent gym. And the one on the right, well, I don’t even want to know what his story is…

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sauna-2-360.jpgMen sit in mobile sauna that is mounted on a four-wheel drive truck, in Russia, April 5, 2008. A local craftsman installed the sauna in a four wheel-drive personnel carrier. The rugged army vehicle can master almost any terrain. REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin

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This flailing with branches is actually part of the sauna ritual, and very common in Russia, although it looks quite bizarre to us.

They probably do a pretty good business because a lot of folks just go to the bathhouse and bathe weekly.

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I refuse to make any comparison with German saunas.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Are you sure this is Russia? Where are the ‘cigs?

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

“Meanwhile, we can only guess what’s going on in this photo. It appears the guy in the middle is flailing the other dude with branches…”

Freaking pathetic, you should first learn about culture before making such comments. Too narrow minded and closed up on your own thing (which you probably don’t even know).

Fins, Russian, etc. cultures used this sort of bathing ways for ages, which is good for you body, especially skin.

You probably couldn’t even take the heat of the sauna for 5 minutes…

Posted by Nik | Report as abusive

According to the Lonely Planet guide, the Russian steam room or Parilka gets so hot it “makes the Finnish sauna look like a warm room.” And there you have it. The steam seems near scalding when it explodes off the rocks, all the more invigorating when you stand up to whip the person next to you with a bunch of birch branches. Oh the joy! And followed by a plunge in a lake or snow bank! Assuming you survive the Banya, you can then treat yourself to a nip of vodka.

“Meanwhile, we can only guess what’s going on in this photo. It appears the guy in the middle is flailing the other dude with branches…”

Emerson