Impressive description of the Russian baths in the «Carpenter's stories» Vasily Belov.
«In the bath was already bitter heat. Kamenka blazed a powerful heat... Coals gold, red, ïîòóõàÿ, and fly cant ñëåçèëñÿ âûòîïëåííîé resin...».
But here's the pipe is closed. Together with the author we admire the faint glimmer of coal, ïîäåðíóòûõ ash-grey hair.
«Probably, " writes Vasily Belov, " there is nothing better in the world of cool dressing room, where the smell of scorched pine and bitter stagnant heat. Summer, green, still hot, dry, but full of smells June birch broom. Earth, îòòàÿâøåé under the floor of the Kamenka river. Some native antiquity. Melting snow cold...»
With a thin knowledge of the author describes the Russian lavatory «Odyssey». First off our shoes, slightly warm. Then on the shelves in a dry, light and smooth fever, shivering from the subcutaneous cold. First test - pitcher of water in the heater. «Boulders responded short and powerful noise... stove roared, dry, intolerable heat of the gently burning up the skin. I scalded broom, desperately climbed to the top of the shelves and suddenly turned to Greek: all in the world ïåðåêóâûðíóëîñü, and all of the acquired another, more widely, the value of».
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In front of me, the most curious historical document: «the Detailed description of the trip Holstein Embassy in Muscovy and Persia». Its author Adam Olearius (Ýëüøëåãåð), German scientist and traveler, in 1633 year visited Moscow. Then in 1635-1639 years made a journey through Russia in Persia. Olearius wrote that the Russians believed the false-Dimitrii for the stranger, because he was not fond of baths, which in Russia is so common that there is not a single city or a village, in which there would be no steam bath, public or private.
A visit to one of the baths Astrakhan, Olearius notes: «the Russians can make extraordinary heat, and in the bath, lying on the shelves, told to beat myself and RUB my body hot birch brooms, which I could not bear; then, when the heat they shall be all red... they run out all naked and poured cold water; in the winter same, jumped out of the bath, they are lying in the snow, rubbed his body, as if the soap, and then, îñòûâøè thus, re-enter in a hot bath. As the baths they usually are arranged by the rivers or streams, the washable at them from the heat of the right thrown in the cold water».