The Russian Banya (баня)

The Russian баня (banya) is like a sauna but you get to hit each other with birch branches. It can be over 80ºC hot on the top but the lower you get the colder it is. We went to a баня in a local family’s house. They were selling smoked fish to eat in the banya. You can wash yourself with water boiled by the fire that makes the banya warm.

It is not the same as the sauna in Trollhattan. The difference is you get to hit your dad with birch sticks. It is fun to hit my dad!

Lena sells smoked Omul - a salmon fish only found in Baikal.

Lena sells smoked Omul – a salmon fish only found in Baikal.

The wood stove.

The wood stove. Hot water on the right in the red faucet. HOT!

The lower bench is for the cool people.

The lower bench is for the cool people.

The Carrot Man!

(зюыю еру кгыышфт лунищфкв шы ф пщщв сщву!(ex. Еру Сфккще Ьфт))

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