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I Need a Swiss Thermal Bath Right Now!

This past weekend we were snowed in.  Last Tuesday and Wednesday we had a blizzard with constant winds of about 50 mph, night and day.  The weekend before we had 3 solid days of non-stop rain, with a little mud slide thrown in nearby.  Now I know, I could be 6 feet under rubble in Haiti, so believe me when I tell you that I am not complaining:  I am just reporting on what is going on around me!

So if I could get away, it wouldn’t be to the Caribbean, it wouldn’t be to Mexico, it would be to one of the thermal baths in Switzerland.

When I lived in Switzerland one of my most favorite things to do was taking the train and going to one of the many beautiful, clean, and affordable thermal baths.  Experiencing the different minerals that make up each of the hot springs is something that is not to be missed!

It was very interesting to find that the salt-based thermal bath in Zurzach made me feel purified…very clean, with any cuts that I had all healed.

Then there was the  baking soda mineral bath of Leukerbad:  a true delight and the most relaxing of all in that it makes your skin feel like silk and every ache and pain disappeared.

In the little village of Vals was a smallish pool that has mountain meadow herbs like fresh-cut hay and lavender flowers that was a surprise and really nice.

But maybe my most favorite was the one in a little village called Scuol in an area that speaks a language that is a mixture of German, French, and Italian, and that language is called Romansch.  It is a dying language, which makes it intriguing.  Listening to people speak Romansch, which is Latin-based like English, made me feel as if I was not on the planet Earth.  Which is a feeling I like a lot!

I wish I could take a few weeks off and go to Switzerland, where they are also having record amounts of snow and cold.

But at least they have these incredible mineral baths that you can escape to!  Where dipping  your toe  into 38 degree Celsius water (that’s 100.4 °F) makes your  body turn into liquid relaxation as you slink into the waters, making you feel like you have gone back to a primodial place called  “Aahhhhhh”.