74 Flying though a sauna in Deventer
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3 July 2013
Flying through a Sauna in Deventer
My friend Rob, who is an aviation aircraft instructor, invited me to come to join him on a training session, meaning attending class. He works at a smallish airport between the cities of Apeldoorn and Deventer. The class consisted of about 15 students who aspire to become pilots one day. Lessons are conducted in English as there are foreign students amongst the Dutch, originating from the UK and Italy and possible other countries.
It was an early start as by 7.15 Am we were in the car and or our way
After lunch Rob dropped me off in the medieval town of Deventer, I think perhaps to the delight of my good friend Eddie Verdriet in Vietnam who hails from there. Now that I am an “experience tourist” I headed to the tourist information office which is located at the old weighing station building right in the middle of town. The building also doubles as the local historical museum.
When I walked in I was greeted with a “You kind bring you bag in here !” barked a bald man from behind the counter , (the small day pack I always carry with my laptop and some other stuff) in Dutch. So when I said excuse me? he repeated it in English followed by “you must go down stairs and leave it in a locker”
I had planned to do the usual 2 hours city tour which I had done in many towns and cities before but of course this is not the rest of the world and you have to pay 4 Euro’s first. I didn’t mind that as long as it was not as disappointing as the museum, which I already knew it wouldn’t be because the city of Deventer is very old and very pretty
I decided give the guided tour a miss and do it myself with the aid of one of the smaller books available at the tourist office.
Deventer is a nice town, the building I was in, used to be a weighing station where goods were taken to be weighed (obviously) traders could also check their own weights and scales for calibration. Outside the building, hanging on the wall, was a very large copper pot which has been recorded as having been used to boil oil in, in which was placed a man who had falsified the local currency. A very drastic of execution but no doubt also a very effective of bringing a point across. These things were performed in a public place, right in the town square for all to see and would have been a mega deterrent for others with similar aspirations.
One of the interesting things in the town that there is a building which is known as the oldest brick building in the Netherlands. Yeah yeah I always think, until… I see another even older one
Around 4pm Rob had arrived and could we relax over a beer, have some food and visited the largest ice cream shop in the Netherlands/ Europe/Northern hemisphere. Etc (here we go again) I suppose a shop which is about 100 meters long and only sells ice cream is somewhat special, however the problem is that as soon as I hear the words “this is the longest/highest/widest/oldest etc in Europe/world etc I feel pressured that I now need to check out all the other ones first before I am able to tick them off.
After all this we proceeded to the tiny town of Busloo to spent some very relaxing hours in a most magnificent sauna complex. I experienced something new there. In one of the sections of the building there was domed area with circular warm water pool. Blue lights all around and blue lights under water. When you float away you can hear soft relaxation music; not in the room but only under water. I actually fell asleep while floating in the water. I suppose my subconscious stopped me from inhaling water. We visited many areas such as steam rooms, sauna, infrared sauna, spa bath, salt bath, heated pool, etc and stayed until closing at 11 pm.