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While I was unable to participate in real time I still found exceptional value in this talk. Aaland’s love of the bath and enthusiasm for the subject matter made for a pleasant and intellectually engaging experience, even in a rewatch. I appreciate that he pointed us toward lots of very interesting little rabbit holes so we could research even more on our own if we wanted. I have a whole new book list going! At first I was surprised to find a Context Conversation about what seemed like a fairly niche interest, but this foray into great bathing cultures of the world reminds me I am not alone in my love of bathing!
Mikkel is an enthusiastic and knowledgable guide. It was fascinating to learn about sweat bathing around the world. HIs knowledge is vast and his good nature even greater. What an eclectic subject with a fascinating guide
This was a terrific mix of history, travelogue and personal anecdote. Not simply about Finnish saunas, Mikkel spoke about the culture of sauna and bathing as well as the structure of various types of saunas/sweat lodges/temescals. Highly recommended.
Finland is the only country in Scandinavia I've not visited but after listening to this lecture I am so ready to go. Great combination of talking and photographs.
This is a really interesting topic and Mikkel Aaland clearly knows his stuff! There was lots of great info, but I would have liked a slightly 'tighter' format and a more detailed treatment of each area covered. Nevertheless, an interesting and entertaining presentation.