Monday, November 30, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The last week or so, temperatures in Sydney have been incredibly hot, and it's been great to swim in the ocean and the harbour in cool saltwater. On Sunday it reached 41 degrees Celsius, and we complained again and again about the heat (except when we were splashing about in cool seawater).
I was remembering a holiday in Japan during their cold, snowy winter. We spent quite a lot of time (especially after skiing) soaking in onsens (volcanic thermal mineral springs). These baths, indoor and outdoor, are always over 40 degrees - precisely the air temperatures we're grumbling about here and now. Still, they felt rather special after the snow.
Most onsen, and outdoor rotemburo, were small, deep baths, with just enough room for a couple of people to sit comfortably. Sometime, they were large enough to do a bit of floating. But in Beppu, there was an onsen complex, Kitahama Termas Onsen, with an outdoor swimming pool sized hot spring. This was just great to swim around in, then we would vary this routine with the huge outdoor spa, the hot waterfall, the mist baths and the (very) cold "squall" shower and bath.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It's about 10 years since I've jumped off the wall. I'm not sure if these brittle, old bones would be up to it these days.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I was lazing on the old wooden deck on a beach towel sipping a mug of tea. I could watch the water for hours.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We used to throw a penny into the sixteen foot six end of the baths, then try to dive down to the bottom to get it. I can't remember any of us actually making it to the bottom. I do remember feeling the pressure as I swam down.
We all used to go up on the diving tower and steel ourselves to jump (never dive) from the second stage. The top stage was always roped off.
Wigan will be getting a new baths in a couple of years. Strange to think that these baths would've been new and modern when I first went to them.