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Hamman: Different for boys? Or just me?

Posted by daveb on April 9th, 2008

Squiffy’s write-up of her Hamman experience is fairly similar to my own, with the following marked differences:

  • I was not coached on whether to remove my underwear or not from under my pinafore.
  • I had a separate scrubber and a masseur. They were both wearing nothing more than the same style pinafore as me. That was a little weird for me.
  • I have no idea whether they chose the same underwear policy as me.
  • Both soon found out what underwear policy I chose.
  • The masseur put a bag over my head so that I couldn’t see.
  • He nearly broke a rib. And then my arm.
  • It was like being in a fight in which punching-back would have been frowned-upon.
  • I was relieved when it was over.
  • In a strange, sycophantic way I would have another one just to compare notes.

In summary, I’d describe a male Hamman as somewhere between a wash, scrub and a sound beating.

Comments

Comment from LA
Time: April 24, 2008, 12:40 am

Very funny !

Comment from Paul
Time: April 25, 2008, 10:10 am

Ooh, it sounds like you had a very bad experience in this Hammam!
This is not normal for a Hammam to treat you like this!

The important point for people to remember when visiting a Hammam, is that for men, nudity is a big no no, unless your a kid.

If you go to a locals Hammam, pay no more than 50 Dirham for a scrub and Massage to the person who massages you.

Sometimes the massage can be a little hard, but just tell the person that you want a gentle massage.

As for the bag over your head…maybe the Masseurs other profession is in the Moroccan secret police!

Underwear policy: exactly that…Underwear!

Comment from daveb
Time: April 29, 2008, 3:23 pm

@Paul:

It certainly was a memorable experience, but don’t worry, I didn’t leave thinking “that was a bad experience” — rather Squiffy and I couldn’t stop giggling about how different our afternoons’ had been!

Thanks also for clarifying the underwear policy, it would’ve bugged me for life!

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