As a half-prude half-American, I’m still not totally used to the whole “clothing optional” thing. Naked in bed? Cool. Naked in the shower? Also acceptable. Naked for 3.7 seconds when changing into new clothes? Fine. Naked when flying a kite on a public beach? You lose me there.
For the past week I’ve been in Germany, where there is obviously a more lax approach to the whole “staying dressed in public” thing. The place we were staying is just a short drive or hour long walk from a beach that embraces the FKK policy - Frei Korper Kultur - AKA clothes are lame, let’s all get naked.
I can deal with the nudity, really. So people aren’t into clothes - no big deal. I just found it hysterical what people would DO while naked. Have you ever seen a man flying a kite wearing a shirt - but no pants? How about a father and son holding hands and frolicking through the waves - totally nude?
I feel it is also important to mention the temperature. We were not in the Mediterranean, here. We were on the Baltic Coastline. THE BALTIC SEA. Like, an hour from both Poland and Denmark. Even in July, I looked like this:
Nudie beaches aside, we did a lot of fun things over the past few days in Germany. We rented some kayaks and canoes one day, went fishing, went on a bunch of runs/walks and celebrated our two-year wedding anniversary by walking a few miles in the rain and going for dinner.
|Robert and Tim Playing paddleball|
|Keeping warm on the beach!|
|Trying to keep the rain off on our anniversary dinner!|
|Kayaking and stealing water lilies|
Overall - A+ plus. Right now we’re on the train leaving Germany and heading to the U.K. I have a bag full of chocolate bars which should last me the day. We’ll see - I make no promises.
What’s your take on the whole nude beach policy?
I remember finding it REALLY strange when I lived there in high school. Especially the vary cavalier attitude in changing rooms, swimming pools, etc. Now it doesn’t bother me, but I would still be SUPER uncomfortable stripping down in front of my family. Alone on a random beach with Tim? I’d do it to fit in with the locals. :)
How cold is too cold for outdoor swimming?
I just ask because I was way too cold throughout the trip to contemplate a swim, but so many people (my family included) were fine with it. To me, 55 degrees is just too dang cold to be swimming!