So we headed to the hotel and soaked in a super-hot sauna then followed it up with a delicious Russian meal at the Red Bear Brewery restaurant, complete with Ivan's obligatory "50 grams of cognac." The saying has become a bit of a buzz phrase on Barba thanks to Ivan, and "cognac" usually refers to vodka but could also mean a shot of gin, whiskey or, rarely, actual cognac. Russian sailors employ vodka to keep warm, ward off colds and all kinds of other uses, Ivan tells us. And the percentage of alcohol the "cognac" contains should increase with the degrees in latitude one finds oneself north. It's important to enjoy the vodka with bread and a bit of garlic. And we always end with Ivan's heart-felt toast to the moment and "Arktika."