Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34���.������������.��� J��� 2016 18 We had been at a bar in Copenhagen the night before; talking with some fellow travelers, swapping stories and sharing recommendations. They had been at a spa on a coast in Sweden that day and were encouraging us to go. We had been traveling hard for a good week and a half at that point and the thought of a peaceful spa day with practically no museums or statues to gawk at sounded pretty refreshing. Maybe they glazed over the details. Maybe we were so intrigued by the thought of a traditional Swedish Spa that we only heard what we wanted to hear. They did say that the spa used the salty seawater in its treatment. They neglected to mention the fact that they didn’t bring the seawater to the spa…they brought the spa-goers to the seawater, in the form of an ice cold dip in the frozen Baltic Sea, with one small ladder going down into a sizable hole hacked through the frozen surface. Not quite what we were expecting, but those travelers had looked pretty relaxed, and we were already at the spa, so we might as well embrace the local traditions and dive right in. Literally. In many of the Nordic/Baltic countries their version of a relaxing spa day involves lounging around naked in large dry heat rooms until you’re sweating out of every pore and can’t stand a moment longer. Then you dash outside, across the snowy deck, and jump into an icy hole. The theory is that alternating dry heat with cold salt water is good for the circulation system, helps you sweat out toxins, and then the coldshocksyourporesclosed,keepingthemout. SPASAROUND THE WORLD Every culture has a way torelax,andmostofthemare quiteuniqueandareaspecific. by Aeri Rose