Russian Birthday Bath

March 5, 2007 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

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Leave it to Amy Salit to come up with the most unusual birthday party idea. On Friday, a bunch of us went out to Bucks County to this Russian Spa. There’s a big Russian population in Northeast Philly (went to high school with many of them at George Washington on the olde Bustleton & Verree) and then they moved to the burbs. The RS has three kinds of saunas, and to me, all of them felt like Philadelphia in August, which to me, does not equal relief. But sweating is supposed to be very good for you, and then after you’re done sweating like a pig then you take a very cold shower. Needless to say, I spent the evening in the whirlpool.

I got my first massage ever, from a little Russian man with big meaty hands. He was very professional but I get weirded out by strangers touching me and the seventh grader in my head was like “Tee hee, he touched my butt!” We hung out in the lounge in our white robes and bathing suits, playing pool, drinking Vodka and red wine, watching Fuse on giant TVs and an impromptu Oldies 98 lipsync from Ricky, and eating pickled everything. The food was fantastic but was chaotically served, prompting one of our Russian friends to say, “This is why we lost the Cold War.” I felt like I was in my high school homeroom all over again, where Russian voices frequently lulled me back to sleep at 7:45 in the morning.

Not coincidentally, the Sherrs are from Russia originally, then got chased by the Czars into Latvia, possibly one other Eastern European country, then Ellis Island. Everytime I ask my Dad, he has a different answer.

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  • 1. Pinky Bear  |  March 23, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Oooh, do they have a men’s sauna?

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