A Curvy Expat’s Global Spa Memories

Exploring Spa Therapy around the World

Karla Fraser
6 min readDec 17, 2019
Inside a Hammam (Turkish Bath)/Canva

So, I don’t remember exactly when I started going to spas as part of my stress therapy from work and life. I also did not know any black women who went to the spa other than those in the movies. But my movie-watching got me thinking that this was an experience worth having at least once.

However, I vaguely recall when I started going to spas. It was in the early 2000s when I worked and traveled as a meeting manager. Over the year, I have tried and enjoyed various experiences during my travels or while living abroad. Stay with me for a few moments while I share some memories from my spa journey. My hope is that they will encourage you to try this form of relaxation as a part of your self-care routine.

Seksak Kerdkanno/Pixabay

Pennsylvania, USA

My first memorable experience was in Hershey in 2006. I opted for a day of pampering that was blissful. I was still a novice in this world of spa, robe, tea, cookies, and reading or small talk with other guests in-between treatments. Mind you, I was the only dark-skinned woman in the room, and heads and eyes did turn when I walked in.



Karla Fraser

I am a current expat writing about working and living globally using my career and expertise. | HigherEd Consultant | Expat Coach | CEO at Roseapple Global.