Posts Tagged ‘Relaxation’


Loosen Up! You’re in a Bath House

March 2, 2009

Banya (Russian Sauna)

In spite of the voiceover narration style of NPR’s Gregory Feifer, his piece, “Russian Baths Offer Respite From Bitter Winters,” still holds the listener’s attention.

When discussing these centuries-old bath houses called banyas, Feifer does not sound relaxed when describing something that “feels a lot like a massage” or in good humor when he says people at banyas are in very good humor. His ability to end nearly every sentence with the same inflection is a bit irritating.

Still . . .

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