Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sauna!

An old friend came up to the Wonj on the weekend known as the Professor.  He's been teaching in Seoul for a few years now, one of those rare E1 visa holders.  He brought his girlfriend, a sweetie he met in Vietnam some time back.  After a night of heavy drinking on Saturday, we decided to hit a charcoal heated sauna out in the countryside not too far from town.

At first I was unimpressed: a sauna with no baths always earns low points.  You had to walk outside to get to the saunas, which are small rooms fashioned out of clay.  It was only after I'd got my sweat on that I started to appreciate the place a little.  The medicinal sauna was actually quite nice.  

The super hot sauna was intense; the place provided wooden sandals to wear inside, as soft plastic ones had been known to melt and emit toxic fumes.  A woman was in there wrapped head to toe in thick heavy blankets.  I became worried about her, and was considering going in again to make sure she was still alive, but eventually she wobbled out. Detox and losing weight are great things, but at some point you should consider whether your internal organs are going through a slow bake.

Still, felt pretty good by the time we left.  Everyone had a swell time.

It was a pretty good weekend all in all.  It was funny to hear the Professor's partner go on about Korean love motels: she couldn't get over that not only did they not ask for ID or a marriage certificate when they booked into the place, which is pretty standard in a lot of places in Vietnam, but that the motel also provided condoms and three porn channels as 'service'. 

But of course, pornography is illegal in Korea, so she must have been mistaken.  Either that or it was a special room just for waegs.  Yeah, that must be it.

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