Knowing that the 300-yr-old hamam will probably still be there next week, we ventured deep into the alleyways in search of surrogate sauna facility. I had spotted one earlier in the week that looked promising so I suggested that we try it.
And what a great choice it was. We were treated to a dry and wet sauna, plus a amply-sized cold pool in the middle of the giant bathing room. I had played soccer earlier that day, so plenty of time was spent in said cold pool.
The most notable difference was indeed the attention paid to covering the genital area. A few of the men sauntered around in their birthday suits, seemingly unfazed by anyone sizing them up. Others showered like they were alone in their own home.
"I'll keep my shorts on, thank you very much."