...the broader message is one of wellness, and pampering your soul. Take time out in your travels to fully appreciate who you are with, where you are, what is around you. Travel isn’t about getting the perfect social media photograph, just like 700,000 other tourists. Or touring every single historic or cultural must-see, must-do of a place. It’s about being in the moment. Finding places and people that soothe your soul.
Derby is actually several weeks long, so if you’re visiting, and haven’t scored tickets to the big day, don’t worry. And don't forget to make an appointment with my favorite massage therapist in the world.
I have to admit I was nervous about sharing something I love so much with someone who might not like the experience. How wrong I was.
I definitely feel more Dutch now that I have smeared the best food they have in this country all over my face. I do think that I will be drawing the line here though, I don’t feel the need for herring or bitterballen face masks.
For my first hammam experience, my mother guides me by the hand into the Sicaklik, hot room. Laughter ensues as we try to hold up our inexpertly wrapped towels and walk delicately in the wooden nalins on damp marble floors.