Monday, August 9th, 2010
Rooms so hot they will fog your eyeballs and water so cold it will chill your spine. Last night we took a trip to the Russian baths! We arrived unsure of what to expect, and left 5 pounds of water weight lighter. We alternated between two steaming hot, it was like a sauna in there! (pun intended) rooms, and a bucket of ice water. We were all happy to have some time to sit and relax, although we thought we had sweat enough during the course of the day (ba dum chhh thanks guys I’m here all week!). Some members of the group even received personalized massages that pulverized the knots in their backs, legs, and necks. Thankfully, they all came out alive, only slightly bruised from the experience.
Our Ukrainian peers showed us the ropes inside the sauna. They even created their own cooling off mechanism that we all enjoyed: lying flat while a bucket of water is dumped on your back. Jill was informed she speaks too fast by the English speaking Ukrainian peer, she was unsurprised, shockingly she’s heard it before. To clean off, they showed us the merits of putting coffee on your skin as an exfoliate.
Some of the other Americans in our group were unprepared for the heat inside the sauna, and after a brief experience chose to play card games instead. Rummy, president, and old maid were enjoyed by the group as a pastime, while Ali is still holding out for go fish. In conclusion, finally, all in all, in reference to the paragraph above line 5 word 4 section 9, we had a really great time and can’t wait to see all of our favorite peers from the bath when not really shvitzy. We love yiddish. Peace, love, Jewish Girl Council (and Big Pete, the mascot), and THE Ukraine.
Zim and Bogatin out
P.S. Peter and Rabbi just had a running race, it was an embarrassing loss for the Rabbi, footage to follow, Peter is currently doing an inappropriate celebratory dance.