Awakening in Finland

6.30: alarm is ringing, where am I? Turku, Finland. Yes, now I remember ;-) Outside the sky is black as tar pitch and temperature is -5°C, but this morning I've something different to do... No delays, let's go for it! I take the lift to the last floor, where the Finnish Sauna is located and after a cold shower, you can spend a some time in a warm room (+90°C), ladling some water from a bowl onto some hot cobblestones. Steam puffs starts wrapping you like a warm soft blanket: the relaxing part starts. After 5-10 min spent in this room, you must find your way out; but as long as you get out, Finnish tradition advices you another cold shower, and now the most incredible part... Only with a towel around your hips, barefoot, you can step out onto the balcony and feel the snow melting under your feet, the icy air starts shaking you from the bones. Only a minute or a few more and you feel completely restored, still bringing the warm inside you're ready to start facing the dawn of a new day. You can feel far echoes of Viking's strength...
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