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Sauna freaks January 18, 2010

Posted by Viena in Sauna.

We all know how much Finns love sauna. It’s so incredible to sit naked on the benches with your family and friends, throw some water to the hot rocks and get sweaty when you’re doing nothing at all!  But I don’t know anybody who’d be as into saunas as my mother.

My family has a summer cottage in Viitasaari and we had just a tiny and dismal sauna there. So few years ago my mom had the best idea ever: let’s build a new sauna on our own! So that’s when it all begun…

It was a burning hot summer and I had to carry loads of  heavy building materials from the parking place to the building site. There were logs to build up the walls, and boards to make the floors, ceilings and the roof . Luckily we had almost the whole family helping us there because obviously me or my mom couldn’t do all the ponderous jobs that it required. The strong  men were helping us in all the hammering, sawing and composing.  But of course all that pain and sweat called for few beers every once in a while.

The following summer we continued our project. We stained the walls with a brown colour. It was horrible with all those mosquitoes buzzing in your ears and stinging you all the time!  And after staining we looked like a bunch of pigs that had swam in mud.  But at the end there’s a nice tradition when Finns are making cement floor: the owner of the sauna steps on the wet cement so that his/her footprint will stay there forever.

Finally it was time to get the first löylyt. That hard and ridiculous word stands for the whole idea of the sauna. You are tossing water on the hot rocks and it releases an intense cloud of steam. The heat can rise up to 100 celsius degrees (meaning  210 Fahrenheit).  And that’s not the only thing that sounds painful. You can also pick a bunch of  birch’s twigs and there you go, you have a nice vihta. Then in the sauna you’ll ask your friend to beat your back with it. It’ll fill the whole sauna with a magnificent aroma.

Here’s a nice video clip about a typical finnish sauna tradition:

This is how you can make your own vihta!



1. Ms Leino - February 8, 2010

Contents: Excellent
An well-rounded essay complete with a lovely introduction that leads to a story about building your own sauna. Personal, fluent and replete with challenging vocabulary. I like your style!

Media / appearance: Excellent
A wonderful selection of videos and an original photograph of your own sauna do the trick! 😉

Grammar: Excellent
– throw water ON the rocks
– A few years ago
– begin, began, begun
– helping us WITH

2. Mimi - January 25, 2010

I really like your text because it is comprehensive and you have told only fact of sauna. There in the text you have told your own experience and that was really good! You have use a good picture and interesting videos of sauna. I don’t have nothing bad to say your blog. It’s perfect! : )

3. Mimi - January 25, 2010

I’m so proud of you Viena! That couldn’t was better.. I like your style write. The videos is really really good 🙂

4. Nikunen - January 20, 2010

I like being in sauna very much!

Viena - January 20, 2010

I’m glad to hear that!

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