Psycho-Hygienic Cornerstone of Russian Lifestyle

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The steam bath, or as they call it in Russia, banya, is an important element of the life for fine Russian fellows. After thinking of what can be a subject for my writing about Russian life I
decided that just the banya is the one, and my stories can be based on my own rich enough experience and relations with this cultural peculiarity of Russian lifestyle. I do not know if the subject
will be interesting for others and, as usually in such case, the best way to check it is starting to tell the stories. This is what I am doing now.

Table of Contents


Submitted: August 01, 2017

“Today, as all other Sunday mornings, I was in a steam bath, regular common public bathhouse, that is situated on Samarskaya Street in ... Read Chapter

1. Standard Classical Russian Banya

Submitted: August 01, 2017

I would like to tell a story about my baths in chronological order. But at first, I'll try to outline the classical banya as a reference,... Read Chapter

2. The Main Bath of My Childhood

Submitted: August 02, 2017

2. The Main Bath of My Childhood The banya of my yearly years was situated in Ikovka, the railway station and settlement in the Kurga... Read Chapter

3. Aviation, Banya and Mustache

Submitted: August 03, 2017

3. Aviation, Banya and Mustache Another bath of my childhood is situated in Tretiy Uchastok (translated as the Third Section). This i... Read Chapter

4. Non-Standard Banya of University Years

Submitted: August 04, 2017

4. Non-Standard Banya of University Years One of the unusual baths during my university period, the most interesting probably, happen... Read Chapter

5. Banya and Theater

Submitted: August 09, 2017

5. Banya and Theater Another bath of the university's period floated up in my memory. It is located on the Eroshevsky Street near the... Read Chapter

6. Banyas of my “War” Time

Submitted: August 18, 2017

Immediately after university graduation I got to the "war". Baths of the war period were something completely unimportant and secondary i... Read Chapter

7. Aircraft Structural Analysis and Banya

Submitted: August 21, 2017

Although the Cold War continued, my active military period ended, or rather passed into the period of engineering and scientific research... Read Chapter

8. Sanduny

Submitted: August 29, 2017

Famous Sandunovsky baths known also as Sanduny were introduced into my life completely by accident. One morning, Ekaterina Alexeyevna... Read Chapter

9. The Bathhouse on the Bank of the Lielupe River

Submitted: September 06, 2017

The Prasak period was not very long. One of the random, but interesting baths of that time, I have to tell you, happened in the Dynamo Ro... Read Chapter

10. The RIPAK Period

Submitted: September 13, 2017

The next period, longer than Prasakovsky, I will name Ripakovsky. This is in an honor of the Finite Element Analysis package RIPAK (Rasch... Read Chapter

11. Banya on the Russian Golden Ring

Submitted: September 20, 2017

But there were also special baths in the RIPAK period. One of these irregular banyas happened in Kovrov, the city situated in the famous ... Read Chapter

12. Banya at My Boss’s Dacha

Submitted: September 28, 2017

Another strange bath happened in July 1991. My university chief, the head of aircraft design department, had an anniversary and celebrate... Read Chapter

13. Banyas of Transition Period

Submitted: October 12, 2017

The next period, 1994-1998, I will call transitional. Baths in this vague and depressive time nevertheless continued and began to play so... Read Chapter

14. Saunas of Fitness Clubs in Transition Period

Submitted: October 16, 2017

There were some more unusual bathhouses during that transitional period, the baths of fitness centers which I visited during my trips abr... Read Chapter

15. Pre-immigration Period

Submitted: November 06, 2017

The baths of the 1998-2003 period I would call the "pre-immigration". My business in the sphere of the software development for structura... Read Chapter

16. Late 90s baths with my former colleagues

Submitted: November 17, 2017

My meetings with my former colleagues in university research and education areas have been less and less frequent. One day, at the Metall... Read Chapter

17. One More Banya of Pre-Immigration Period

Submitted: November 21, 2017

Another bath of this period was located in the building of the Neptune swimming pool situated on Metallurg residential area of Samara. Th... Read Chapter

18. Last Banya of the Pre-Immigration Period

Submitted: December 13, 2017

The banya’s pre-immigration period was ended in a bathhouse at dacha of my classmate Volodya Pestrikov. I already had visas and tickets... Read Chapter

19. Conclusion

Submitted: December 18, 2017

Maybe you remember as visits to spas and gyms during my business trips to the developed world countries were commented sarcastically in t... Read Chapter