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Sauna in the middle of the living room
An infrared sauna in the middle of the living room? What an idea!
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November 2018, Cordial Golf and Wellness Hotel Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria
Sauna (Infrared); Swimming (Indoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Pool on the 26th
I may have stayed too much inside, do I need some sunshine? My hotel in Bangkok, the Hilton Sukhumvit, had a nice pool and pool bar at the 26th floor.
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November 2018, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Bangkok Sauna
I also had to test the sauna at my meeting hotel, the Marriott Marquis Queen's Park Bangkok.
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November 2018, Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Bangkok, Thailand
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Sauna in Harbin
I was on a business trip in Harbin, China, at a decent hotel, the Songbei Shangri-La. It turned out that they had a VERY nice pool and sauna area.
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September 2018, Songbei Shangri-La, Harbin, China
Swimming (Indoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool); Sauna (Normal)

Had a nice swim in Austria's Attersee when driving past the area. Water temperature was just right, cooling me down on a hot day.
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August 2018, Attersee am Attersee, Attersee, Austria
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Berghof Hintertux Wellnesshotel
On my recent trip to Austria, I stayed for a few days in Hintertux at the Berghof Hintertux Wellnesshotel. Hintertux is already by itself an amazing environment with the green hills and towering mountains and glaciers. But the Berghof turned out to be perhaps the best sauna & spa hotel that I've been to!
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August 2018, Berghof Hintertux Wellnesshotel, Hintertux, Austria
Sauna (Normal, Steam, Infrared); Swimming (Indoor, Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Block cave + river = fun?
Swoosh, flushed down! This cave makes me feel like going down the drain.
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August 2018, Saubachlhöhlen, Yspertal, Austria
Caving (Rock, Rock-Granite, Morphology-Boulders, Basic, Swimming); Swimming (Outdoor, Underground, Nature, Water, Waterbody-River, Cave)

Langbathseen Swim
Had a nice swim today, up the road from Ebensee. At the Langbathseen lake. Very nice, clear, blue, greenish water, and a wide beach with plenty of room even on a hot day.
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August 2018, Langbathseen, Ebensee, Austria
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Swim at the Castel Gandolfo
On our last day of the Italian tour, Janne and I drove to Lago Albano, an old volcanic crater that is now filled with water. On the rim of the crater you can find Castel Gandolfo, one of most beautiful Italian towns, the Pope's summer cottage, and wonderful views.
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August 2018, Lago Albano, Castel Gandolfo, Italy
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach); History; Climbing (Volcanoes)

Sauna at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth
I'm staying at a conference in Montreal, at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel.
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July 2018, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

Pool at the Hilton Sorrento Palace
While touring the Naples area, we stayed in Sorrento, at the Hilton Sorrento Palace. They had a nice pool, with a view of the Vesuvius!
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July 2018, Hilton Sorrento Palace, Sorrento, Italy
Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

LivingWell at Heathrow Airport
The LivingWell gym club has a facility at the Terminal 4 Hilton in Heathrow. Is it any good?
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July 2018, Hilton Terminal 4, Heathrow Airport, London, United Kingdom
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool); Travel

Tegelhagens Badplats
100 meter commute to the office from the hotel. Free bikes at the hotel. And a nice beach a bike ride away. Cannot complain!
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June 2018, Tegelhagens Badplats, Sollentuna, Sweden
Biking (Bike-City, Track-Trail, Track-Road, Outdoor); Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Sea, Beach)

Cleaning up rat shit in the cabin
+10C, raining, high winds, cleaning up ratshit in the cabin, a fallen tree on our swimspot... HAPPY MIDSUMMER!!!
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June 2018, Arkko summer cottage, Teisko, Finland
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Outdoor, Water, Waterbody-Lake, Beach)

Cave Radios with Bo Lenander
I had an opportunity to interview Bo Lenander, Swedish Speleological Society, about cave electronics and communications equipment. In this video he explains the equipment that he has built and what it can be used for. And then we try it out in the Gotland's Lummelunda cave!
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June 2018, Lummelunda, Gotland, Sweden
Caving (Rock, Rock-Limestone, Morphology-Karst, Basic, Boating, Swimming, Equipment); Swimming (Indoor, Underground, Water, Waterbody-Cave)

While at the caver's camp, I felt like I needed a shower... and a sauna. Solbergabadet in Visby to the rescue!
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June 2018, Solbergabadet, Visby, Gotland, Sweden
Sauna (Normal); Swimming (Indoor, Water, Waterbody-Pool)

This is the 9th set of articles. The previous sets were set 1, set 2, set 3, set 4, set 5, set 6, set 7, and set 8. The next sets are set 10, set 11, and set 12.

The Planetswimmer articles appeared originally in the Blogspot Planetskier series, at TGR posts, or at the Relaa website. See also the articles about skiing, urban exploration, climbing, cycling, flying, caves, and saunas.