Sauna Conversation

After initially scoffing at my gym’s (Eurosport) absurdly named “Zone Relax,” and not even bothering to visit it for my first several months, I’ve become quite the addict. They have a Finnish sauna, a Russian sauna (which smells like burnt wood), a Roman steam room, a freezing cold pool, and a jacuzzi which isn’t hot but gives a great massage.

The gym is full of expensive-looking women and important-looking men. Many speak Russian which is not typical in L’viv, though certainly not unknown especially for business men.

So today, two guys started talking to me in Russian in the sauna. They were intrigued that I spoke Ukrainian, but wasn’t born here. I told them about my work and some entrepreneurial ideas I may pursue on a future visit.

One spoke about the unfairness of cheap labor and the other, the older, more important-looking one, lectured him about why this isn’t so.

I was so interested in their conversation that I stayed in the sauna until I felt dizzy and light headed. I excused myself, stumbled to the frozen pool for a dip. Then I returned for more.


  1. Ed K

    So did you get their business cards? Email addresses? Why they are in Lviv or as they might have called Lvov? We are waiting for the more… all we get is a crumb now and then.

    Now about expensive-looking women, you need to expound on this more. Did you talk to them? Take one to dinner? What was their language? Have you considered a Ukrainian trophy? In USA it is also called cherry picking…

    Ed K

  2. Leo

    It was excellent idea to check out sauna or banya while you are in Ukraine. It is a real cultural experience. Though my guess is that you went to a fancy version of laznya (it’s ukrainian word for sauna). You should go to a public bathhouse. It is much more colorful experience. But before you go, you should read my post about the public bathhouses. It can come at handy.


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