In the summertime in Tyumen, Russia the city turns off sections of the town’s hot water for repair so they don’t have to do any maintenance in the winter. The day I arrived in Russia was the day the city turned off my host’s hot water.
To bathe I have to heat on the stove a pot of boiling water, go into the bathroom and place the hot water in a plastic tub and use a ladle for washing. It is not the easiest of tasks, but I’m thankful for some means of cleaning myself.
Well Bella has a friend named Deena across town who heard I haven’t taken an appropriate hot shower since I’ve been in Russia. She immediately had Bella and I over for dinner and insisted I come and take a hot shower.
We forget in the states how spoiled we are… To be able to take a shower was unbelievable.
In Russia they have a saying after you bathe. In Russian it’s: с легким паром/ See leoh-keem parom. The literal translation: With light steam.
Russians say this phrase after they have a relaxing hot bath or shower out of thankfulness and a content spirit.
So next time you take a hot shower, remember the blessings ‘with light steam’, с легким паром!