While my memories of Harbin Hot Springs are almost 30 years old, the emotions that are attached to the memory are warm, wonderful and uplifting.
What made this hammam different? So many details were exactly as they should have been. The garden in the riad courtyard had fountains lush and overflowing with rose petals...
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.
If you would like to have an authentic experience, opt for the Russian banya where you can lounge between your ‘sweat and dunk’ and order cured meats of dubious origin, vodka and beer.
Jordan is a sought-after destination for many people who want to experience the friendliness of the Middle East, Biblical history and ancient Roman sites, but the country has so much more to offer if you’re willing to spend time looking for it.
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.