Yesterday, while I sat at my desk pretending to study the interesting world of soils my mind wandered off to a more magical place.
You random forum user may be excitingly asking yourself “What were you thinking about Lorcan?”
Well, random forum user, I was thinking of a rather funny land known for its Moomin merch, Angry Birds, and the 2006 Eurovision winners Lordi with their fantastic hit ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’. If you still haven’t got a clue where I’m talking about then I’ll give you one last hint! It is also the home of the fascinating sport of Wife Carrying and hosts the annual World Championships!
Perkele! You still don’t know?!? FACEPALM
Finland, it’s Finland you numpty!
In Finland, there were more than 2 million saunas by the end of 2017! Finland has about 5.5 million inhabitants, which translated to a bit less than half-a-sauna per person. This number is just an approximation, so the actual number of saunas could be much larger. As you can see in Finland SAUNA is no Joke. However, I must add that this phenomenon is not just limited to Finland but other Nordic, Scandinavian and Baltic countries (plus Россия). It is believed that the modern word ‘sauna’ comes from the proto-Finnic ‘sakna’ which itself was derived from the proto-Germanic ‘ stakna’ , a forefather of the English word ‘ stack ’. Additionally, there is a proto-Sami word ‘ suovńē‘ which means pit in the snow. Sauna is not just a random pastime but a form of art that cleanses the body. I would like to import this marvellous activity to the mountaineering club! Through my in-depth research, I discovered a diamond in the rough that is the Kingfisher.
A SAUNA right here in Galway and I would like to propose a weekly SATURDAY SAUNA NIGHT!
Let me know if you too share my passion for Sauna and would like nothing better than spend your Sunday afternoon sitting with me in a sweaty little room!
Looking forward to your replies!
Lots of Love