You see, unlike in the UK, saunas in the land of windmills and tulips operate a no-swimwear policy. My boyfriend warned me, worried that I might get distracted by other men, that the one faux pas you can commit is to ogle other bodies. The thought of swimming and saunering completely starkers with strangers with filled me with a slight dread but I was willing to investigate, as I love saunas and needed of a bit of relaxation. We ventured to Sauna Ridderrode, which is around a minute drive from Amsterdam and called on the way to make a reservation. After stripping off in the mixed changing room, I donned my robe and wandered into the sauna area. To my boyfriend, who is Dutch, this whole ritual seemed completely normal but it felt a little strange for me.
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I have been lucky enough to visit a few different Dutch saunas in my time here. I have to say these places are amazing. They are normally set on their own grounds with beautifully appointed changing areas mixed of course. Everyone gets issued with a bathrobe and slippers or you can take your own. In the public areas, most people will keep their robe on, and only disrobe to actually go into the sauna, steam room, pool etc.
This is interesting experience in Amsterdam, city with XXX flag symbol, as man this is like obligation even just for passing trough these street Besides numerous coffeeshops, the Red Light District is the top thing that pops into anyone's head when Amsterdam comes up. Its visit is a must, if not for its present glory, allegedly just a shadow of its past days, but to see this strip with one's own eyes. I didn't expect much, mainly due to its said profanity, but those two walking zones on the banks of a canal really do have that scent of vice - after dusk.
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