All work and no play makes for a dull trip. Not that I don't like linguistics talks, but it is nice to be done with the conference (and post-conference lectures I've been occupied with for the last two days). My chosen play remedy includes Estonian saunas and mud baths. I already went to the sauna during our post-conference excursion in the countryside of Tartu county. After museums, churches and a picnic, the sauna was very relaxing (as well as a nice escape from mosquitos!) It was pretty much like a Russian banya, which is just a steamy, hot room where you can beat yourself with birch branches if you so desire. I so desired. It wasn't even that weird to share the sauna with a few linguistics professors. Thankfully, though, we split into groups of females & males.
Here's me after the sauna in front of Lake Peipus (very big lake between Estonia & Russia - shown on map below):
Part 2 of R&R Estonian style involves mud baths in the town Pärnu (check map again). I leave tomorrow morning for my afternoon appointment at the Tervis spa, where I plan to be covered in the healing mud of Ermistu Lake. I'll let you know how it goes, but there will be no pictures because: 1) why would you want pictures? and 2) my camera battery is dead and I haven't been able to find an adapter for my charger here (I thought it would be easy for some reason...). Hopefully pictures will return in Latvia!