How to Have a Blissful Finnish Sauna Experience

Finnish sauna

“Lööyylyy!!!”, shouted Gianni whilst pouring water on a large hot stove in a smoke sauna in Vierumäki, Finland. To have an authentic Finnish sauna experience, you’ll need to follow a few traditions and shouting out “löyly” (Finnish for ‘steam’ in the context of a sauna), is one of them.

While enjoying eco-adventures in Finland, we spent a lot of time outdoors so experiencing a proper Finnish sauna every day after staying for hours in the “sunny-rainy-windy-sunny-rainy-windy” autumn weather was a euphoric adventure.

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Sunday Story #11: Matej, a Slovenian Herbalist and Eco-nomad

Sunday Story

It had been raining for three days in a row when we arrived in the Jezersko region in Slovenia and our guide Marko suggested that we visit a local herbalist as an alternative to hiking and biking, which was impossible given the weather.

We missed spectacular views of the Alps surrounding us and sunny views of the valleys below, and since we are big tea lovers, interested in alternative medicine and herbalism that had become a part of our life back in Frankfurt, we didn’t hesitate. Our curiosity was piqued and we were ready to learn about the herbal and tea traditions in our new destination.

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Finding Serenity and Silence in Finland

Silence in Finland

We stopped walking to listen to pure nothing. To listen to the serene silence in Finland. Walking through forests in Finland was mesmerizing from the very first moment. No sounds of cars in the distance, no birds chirping or wind whistling through the high trees near the calm lakes. Only us, the stillness and our breaths that stopped for a while in awe. That’s the silence in Finland.

Silence here is considered a common part of communication, and from our short time observing, Finns don’t speak fast, even in their own language. Generally, they are better at listening rather than speaking and interrupting during conversation is considered quite impolite.

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus: An Art Therapy Session

Phare Cambodian Circus Art Therapy

Inhale. Exhale. Your art therapy session begins.

You pay the tuk-tuk driver who has brought you to Phare, The Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap, you walk through the main gate to buy a ticket as colourful lamps swing above your head. You see the welcoming smiles of the circus staff around you and get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside.

You pass the Phare Boutique and stop by the Phare Cafe to wait for a show. The atmosphere is peaceful and you watch as the sky changes above a big, red-topped tent with reflections of the lamps everywhere. You’re not in a rush.Continue Reading