There were three large sized tubs; one extremely hot, one hot, and one cold. There were also two steam rooms; one wet, and one dry. As I walked in, I once again received many glances. I was still wearing my robe, but I saw almost every body type you could imagine. It was great. And, every single woman had a bush. I didn't see one kitten wax in the entire spa, so, I fit in. I walked over to the showering area, as you were told to rinse off before entering the tubs or saunas. I finally took off my robe and had a shower. I walked over to the tub area robe-less and opted for the extremely hot tub as the hot tub was fairly full. I realized why 4 minutes into relaxing, it was HOT. I sat on the edge with my feet submerged in water as there were three other ladies in the tub as well. In the hot tub next to ours two girlfriends were chatting loudly about how "he's so hard to be in a relationship with, like what does he expect?" I continued to sweat in hot tub #1 while over hearing their conversation and watching as women walked by, trying not to stare. I was just fascinated by the comfort level of everyone. How every person could be so different, yet clearly not care what the others thought. I loved it. Finally, 8 minutes in, I was dying of heat exhaustion in hot tub #1. I took refuge in the cold tub, where there was no one. I plunked into the tub and suddenly realized it was VERY cold. Again, I sat on the edge for awhile until my toes turned neon.
I put my now soggy slippers back on (I have a fear of wet tile floors and transmitting a fungus) and walked over to the wet sauna. I opened the door and saw two women sitting on the wooden benches. There was a TV enclosed in glass, playing a Korean soap opera similar to the one I saw when I walked in. I sat down and began to watch. I had fun interpreting what they may have been saying within the confines of my mind. "Oooh, but Suzy, why must you do that?! You know Phil's going to be a doctor when he finishes school! We set you up with this fine young man and this is how you treat us! You wretch!" "But mom, I don't love Phil! I love Dean!" LOL, I sat in there for what seemed around 15 minutes. It felt amazing. I then decided to explore the difference of the wet sauna next door. I open the door to leave and almost burned my hand on the metal handle. I walk out and open the door to the wet sauna. As I take one step in my glasses completely fog up. Like, I cannot see one thing. I stand there in a slight panic trying to figure out where the benches are with my arms slightly reached out. I learned what it must feel like to be the kid at school to have his glasses stolen or broken by the bullies. I was scared I might grab a boob or a cooter...or sit on someone. So, I just stand there. Taking deep breaths as I feel like I can't breathe it is so muggy. This is nothing like the dry sauna, obviously, this ones for the experienced sauna users--not me. Finally I can make out blurs of two bodies laying on the benches, legs spread. I sit down and continue to try to breathe. There is no Korean soap opera to entertain me and the only thing I can focus on is how I feel like I'm going to pass out at any moment. This one woman has timed out when the steam is released and stands up next to the coals when the water is poured on, taking deep breaths. I don't know how the fuck she's doing this as I'm hardly staying alive sitting down afar from the coals. I tell myself I can do it for 8 minutes. I last five. I walk out red in the face while only wearing my slippers, and head back to the cold tub. The next morning I noticed I had a strange rash on my arm.