Hamam Revisited

After work last night my boss, Mehmet abi and I went to a local hamam (Turkish bath). The wash, sauna, “kesa” (‘sandpaper’ massage), and muscular massage were very cleansing and renewing, although the muscular massage was not as painful as
http://taheny.com/2004/01/hamam-and-pain.htm”>last time
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One of my first hamam times was at an ancient 400 or 500 year old hamam in Bursa for the 2001 AIESEC Top of the Mountain Tour. Here is a photo from that old time:

Yes, after the hamam the attendant wraps you in towels and you sit and relax, replenishing your fluids with a drink (soda water with ayran and a twist of lemon is a favourite for this time). You feel very clean and relaxed, except, it is also a favourite time for Turks to bring out the cigarette. The ultimate in cleanliness, except for the smell of cigarette smoke. Disgusting!

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  1. I remember that hamam! Sadly I didn’t discover the joys of the Turkish bath until my penultimate week in Turkey. It would have been really nice in Adana, where I couldn’t go anywhere without reeking of sweat.

    You’re welcome for that mental image by the way.

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