The Swede

The Swede has been texting me and it’s been more fun than a tornado in a trailer park.

He went out drinking with a friend and I got fantastic text messages from him as he drank beer.

He asked me if I was interested in visiting Sweden.

Technically, 60% of my DNA is from Scandinavia, and it would love to visit the homeland.

There’s the Vasa Museum, all the canals to navigate, and the ABBA Museum.

You know I can’t miss the ABBA Museum!

Sadly, I have no plans to visit Sweden in the near future, but it’s definitely on my list of places to go.

And it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Finland where I can sleep in a glass igloo under the aurora borealis.

Sigh.

It’s hard to not imagine snuggling under the glass dome with The Swede.

And, of course, there’s the saunas in Finland.

Nothing like a nice hot naked sweat followed by a giant leap into the freezing outdoors.

Hey, it’s GOOD for you!

Perhaps I will talk my sister into a trip to Sweden next year.

Our last big trip was Scotland in 2008.

I have to admit, it would be nice to see The Swede in his territory.

Nice to see The Swede fullstop.

Aurora Season

Apparently, it’s “aurora season” in the northern hemisphere.

I just got an email from Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort reminding me that my dream of sleeping in a glass igloo under the aurora borealis is just a phone call (and1500 euros) away.

I’d love to go to Finland and sleep under a colorful sky amid a sea of snow, but I’m determined that I will not go on this adventure alone.

Since I’m unlikely to convince my girlfriends to go with me – Barbara prefers warm weather sightseeing and Michelle is married and should go with her S.O. – it looks like I won’t be making this trip anytime soon.

But someday I will be coupled up and maybe, just maybe, my S.O. will remember my fantasy about making love in a glass igloo under the aurora borealis in Finland and HE WILL GO WITH ME TO FINLAND AND “SLEEP” WITH ME UNDER THE GLASS DOME WITH THE AURORA BOREALIS OVERHEAD.

Normally, I’m not a romantic kind of person.

My idea of romance is finding out what his name is BEFORE we get naked.

But this glass igloo thing appeals to the one romantic bone in my body and I have to admit . . .

I really want it.

Of course, I’m not really sure how I’m going to achieve this dream given the fact that I’m not dating or even meeting potential dates, but no matter – someday my dream will come true.

Someday . . .

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Saunadome 2016

Last year I had a wonderful experience in the Finnish Saunadome, despite needing electrolytes after my sauna.

It’s one of my few treasured memories from my 2015 burn.

That and a really WILD romp in the bed of a truck.

This year I was pleased to see that the Saunadome was back (and with a nice shade structure).

img_0036Naturally, during this burn, I trotted myself over to the Saunadome, stripped off all my clothes, and stood in line with about 12 other naked burners to wait my turn in the Saunadome.

Not surprisingly, my memory from 2015 served me well. The Finnish sauna was AH-MAZING!

We sat inside the heated, white, inflatable dome and steamed our bodies as our sauneer poured essential oil-infused water over super heated stones.

I sweated like a prize pig on a treadmill.

After about 10 minutes in the sauna, we exited to a chorus of “Arms up! 360!”

We raised our arms and turned in a circle and oohed and aahed over the “cool” playa climate.

I loved my sauna so much I got in line and did it again.

The only occurrence to mar this amazing experience is that while I was waiting outside the saunadome, naked and vulnerable, a water truck passing by stopped and the driver rolled down his window to snap a picture of all us naked burners queued up.

Personally, I felt a little angry that this outsider took our picture without permission.

So I ducked behind Tejas.

Dream a little dream

For most of my adult life, I’ve fantasized about going to three places:

  • Greece
  • Finland
  • Australia

I’ve wanted to go to Greece on account of all the beautiful pictures I’ve seen of it – white walls, blue seas, and Mediterranean food.

greeceFinland has made it to my list oddly enough because I love the idea of sleeping in a glass igloo under the aurora borealis. Even in freezing cold temperatures with blankets of snow.

finlandAnd Australia made it to my list because… well… Australia!

australiaAt the risk of sounding ridiculous, I love the accents, the animals, and the beautiful cities.

I haven’t travelled as much as I would like to mostly because in all my fantasies about traveling the world, I never fantasized about doing it solo.

I mean what’s the point of sleeping in a glass igloo under a dramatic night sky unless you’re simultaneously getting your freak on?

Don’t get me wrong. I traveled to Scotland with my sister and I drove all over from Oban to Fort William to Inverness to the Isle of Skye.

I watched a shinty game in Skye with little biting midges flying up my nose and in my eyes while the shinty boys raced like thunder up and down the pitch.

Their thighs captivated me.

I really exposed myself to a different culture and people.

And I want to continue to do so.

But alone?

No thanks.

I may just have to bug my sister to take another trip with me next summer.

The question is: Where do we go first?

And can I convince my sister, who is an avid relax-and-do-nothing vacationer, to go out with me and get dirty/wet while having fun?

That is the questions my friends.

Making love under the aurora borealis

igloo1The Israeli asked me, “If you could go one place in the world where would you go and why?

He’s traveled all over the world whereas I’ve barely made it to the UK twice.

My answer was simple.

I want to go to Finland IN THE WINTER and sleep in a glass igloo under the aurora borealis where I make love to my partner.

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Yes, it’s a couple’s trip/fantasy that I have.

I don’t want to go to Finland alone.

Imagine laying under the stars and seeing the cosmos visible with your eyes. The sky lights up with all sorts of colors and as you watch the magic dance of lights taking place in the night sky, you and your lover connect.

igloo3Magical, no?

If I went with The Israeli, no doubt he’d go skiing during the day and I’d go ice fishing or on a reindeer safari.

It would be a blast.

Cold, for sure, but a blast nonetheless.

igloo4Now, The Israeli didn’t seem to think this was crazy at all, given his affection for snow, skiing, and travel.

But it does seem a little crazy to me given how much I dislike being in the cold and snow.

But for this experience, I’ll make an exception.

Bucket list!

Sauna Dome: Love the Burn!

At Burning Man, there was this inflatable geodesic structure called the Sauna Dome.

sauna domeOnce inside, there was a big, hot stove filled with heated rocks that churned out heat, raising the temperature of the Sauna Dome to pretty frigging hot (up to 200 degrees F).

I went into the Sauna Dome with 5 friends.

We had to strip outside the Sauna Dome and wait in line for our 10 minute turn in the sauna.

We were ushered inside by our “guide” who talked to us about the history of saunas in Finland.

When I walked inside, I thought , “There’s no way I can handle 10 minutes of this.” But in the end, I was reluctant to leave. It was so therapeutic and enjoyable.

Our guide added essentials oils to the water he scoped out of a bucket and poured over the hot rocks.

stoveThe eucalyptus oil was particularly refreshing considering many of us were suffering from playa lung.

We sat in the Sauna Dome for 10 minutes, sweating like crazy.  I think my eyelids were sweaty!

My friends and I really enjoyed the whole experience and if I go back to Burning Man in 2016, it’s a definite Must Do for me.

I can only imagine how refreshing it is to pop out of the Sauna Dome into the cool, crisp snowy winter air of Finland.

Unfortunately, after my turn in the Sauna Dome, I got light headed and had to sit down and drink a bottle of Gatorade.

My bad. I guess it affected me more that I thought it would.

Sauna Dome: Love the Burn!