Yes, sometimes nudism can be a little awkward

Yes, sometimes nudism can be a little awkward

We sometimes receive the question if we never find it awkward, the whole nudism thing.
And our answer is always the same.

 

“The first couple of times it can be a little awkward yes, because you’re not used to spend time with naked people and you’re not used to be naked yourself among others. But that feeling goes away after 15 minutes or so and from then on you’ll be fine.”

 

And that’s true, that’s exactly how it goes.

 

But some time ago we started thinking… Actually we have gotten into some awkward situations over the years, but in the end they all became good stories. Most of the time we tell them in the bar or among friends, but we would also like to share them with you.

 

Shopping in Croatia
A couple of years ago we went to one of those huge naturist campings in Croatia. Until then we had only been to the small (3 campers and 5 tents kinda) campings but this time we were sold to the sign “private beach connected to the camping”.

 

“So this means we don’t have to put on clothes to get to the beach? LET’S GO!”

 

The place was great, we could put our tent on the top of a grassy hill, there was indeed a gorgeous private beach, there was a gym, three restaurants and a supermarket.

 

The first two or three times when we went to the on-site supermarket we were always dressed, at least with a towel. There were never a lot of people but one day we saw a lady doing her shopping topless.
The next day when we came from the beach we decided to get some wine. With the lady from the day before in mind we decided not to go back to the tent to get some clothes but just do our shopping in the nude.

 

That time there were a lot of people… And EVERYONE was dressed.
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Dinner in Italy
A similar thing happened in Italy last summer.
We were staying at a very cosy family run camping in the hills north of Genova. Every evening the hosts prepared some typical dishes and who wanted could stay for dinner. As we were in a quite desolated place most of the guests actually did so.

 

The first night it got a bit chilly around dinner time and Lins had already put on some clothes. Nick, the strong male, decided that the weather was still alright and went naked to the dinner table.
Everyone else… was dressed.
It was a huge relief when the host family arrived to the table and they were also naked.

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The guy with the cool camper
On the same camping in Italy there was an English couple with the coolest camper ever. We had been looking at it for some time (they were our neighbours) and in the evening Nick went over to have a chat.
Apparently the guy was very proud and gave a tour around his van.

 

It was one of those vans where the roof can go up and creates room for a bed. So somewhere half of the tour the guy climbed on the bed for further explanation. Because there’s not much place in a bed like those he had to get on hands and knees, face to the back and ass… well… only centimetres from Nick’s face.

 

The explanation kept going, but from then Nick didn’t understand much anymore because he was focusing not to touch any balls with his nose.

 

Sports
In the ancient greek times, sports were always practiced naked, so next to the efforts of the players the spectators could also enjoy watching their muscular bodies.
On naturist sites you can also enjoy watching naked sports… Except for the muscular part.

 

Maybe it’s us, but looking at naked people doing sports is still quite awkward. We do want to watch the game itself, but somehow our eyes keep going to all the wiggling, twisting, twitching body parts.

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Queuing
Do you know how annoying it is when you’re standing in a queue and the person behind you is just a little bit too close? You know, that with even the slightest move you make you’re touching him or her?
Well, if that happens on a nudist site it’s taken to a whole other level.

 

This happened to Nick while queuing at the camping’s bakery. It’s not that there were that many people waiting, but the guy behind Nick seemed to be very hungry.
It’s annoying if you can feel the t-shirt of the guy behind touching your arm, but if you can feel his chest hair touching your back… that’s just weird…

 

After all, you just have to see the fun of it.
Probably the most awkward thing that has ever happened to us was the time we ended up on a Brazilian swingers party. But that’s a story for another time.

 

Have you been in any awkward situations?
How do you handle those?

 

Photo credit: “A naked couple walk along as part of the 2007 Summer Solstice Parade” by Joe Mabel / CC BY-SA 3.0
Photo credit: “Streakers” by Alex Griffioen / CC BY 2.0
Photo credit: “Joao” by John W. / public domain

10 thoughts on “Yes, sometimes nudism can be a little awkward

  1. Great stories. Thanks for sharing.

    This one happened to us nearly 20 years ago on Secret Beach on Kauai. It is a fantastic nude beach with water falls and beautiful volcanic rock formations. It’s a must see if you’re on the island.

    My wife and I and several others were enjoying the sun, surf and sand in the buff when a wedding party came down to have a ceremony on the beach. I’m talking bride, groom, wedding party, minister, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. It really was a big group. Not that they were super formal… it was a beach wedding in Hawaii and the bride was bare foot and the groom in shorts, but there we all were on the sidelines watching and none of us with a stitch on. And all of the wedding guests watching us. I’m not sure if the grandparents were ready to laugh or cry.

    All went fine. The couple was married. They took photos and then left the beach for the reception. I thought that they might end up jumping into the ocean for a quick skinny dip too but I’m sure Nana would be able to handle that.

    Funny but the only time I’m ever uncomfortable when I’m nude is when I’m around others who are clothed.

    Love the blog. Keep up the good work!

    1. We had never heard about Secret Beach (We’ve never been to Hawaii) but when we google it, it seems to be known as an unofficial clothing optional beach… So at least the wedding party could have expected some nudies.
      But you’re totally right, being naked feels so natural and comfortable until you’re surrounded by a group of clothed people. Then you suddenly feel like the kid who misunderstood the theme of the party…

      Anyway, looking at the pics of Secret Beach I can totally understand why they wanted to do the wedding there (and why you chose that beach). It looks amazing!

      In the end you have a funny story to tell and maybe you’re even part of some wedding photos 🙂

  2. A few years ago my boyfriend and I went to a nudist campground for Halloween. We wanted to try something different and we’d heard they held great Halloween parties so it sounded like it could be fun. Going by pictures of other parties on the campground’s website I was under the impression that most people’s idea of a costume would be some light yet clever accessorizing. My boyfriend purchased a hat and tie and I purchased some elaborate costume jewelry. That was it.

    We arrived at the campgrounds the day of. It was quite busy and everyone was in some state of undress. The party wasn’t set to begin until 9 so after lounging around by the pool we decided to go back to our on-site motel room and take a nap before heading over.

    Around 9:30 I put on my jewelry, my boyfriend put on his hat/tie, and we made our way over. The party was quite loud and sounded exciting. We walked up to the event hall anxious to see what other people were dressed as. We were expecting to see lots of other nude bodies.

    We walked through the doors only to find 200+ people in full costume. Many of them were actually quite impressive in how elaborate they were. At that moment though I just felt so exposed. We were the only two in the whole room that were nude. As much as I kept trying to tell myself “none of these people care, they’ve seen it all and most of them were nude just a few hours ago” both my boyfriend and I felt incredibly awkward. We tried to make the most of it but we could only stand to stay for about 10 minutes. Nobody seemed to even notice us but I felt foolish and like I was breaking the rules.

    1. Oh boy we can imagine how awkward that must have been. And when you think about it, it’s kinda strange. You know you’re at a nudist campground, you know these people embrace nudity and you feel perfectly comfortable spending the whole day in the buff among the others. But when everyone gets dressed you don’t want to be the only nudie. Very recognisable. This proves again that we are herd animals…

  3. It does feel strange when you’ve spent the whole day naked with lots of other nudists at a campsite and later on most of the others there have some clothing on while you are still naked. A few years ago we spent a long weekend camping at a nudist site, when they had an open weekend where they invited non-members to visit, in the hope that they could gain some new members.

    On the first evening they had a communal meal in a marquee with a band and dancing afterwards. We’d met some new people who we had got on well with and found out that we all planned to stay nude for the whole weekend, that was a major reason for visiting a nudist camp site, right?

    As the band started playing we realised that there were not many other people still naked, most had turned up for the meal naked but had since got some clothing from their tents. We were not sure if we were expected to wear something, it seemed an unnecessary thing to do as nudists! One of our new friends asked an organiser and she assured her that nudity was fine all weekend, so our group of new visitors did what we came for and stayed naked for 4 days, I think that we were the only ones.

    For some reason our group of friends found ourselves to be very popular dance partners for the club membership, we found it very amusing that clothed nudists wanted to dance with nude nudists and joined in with their fun. We found out later on that some of the club members had agreed to try to keep us dancing.

    It was a great way to make friends at the club through joining in their fun, we all got invited back for a free visit afterwards and we’ve returned a number of times since. They expect us to remain nude each time we go there now though, that is something we’re very happy to do 🙂

    1. Indeed Nik and Louise, when you go to a new nudist place it can sometimes be good to find out what the rules are. Well maybe not rules, but the habits of the place. We know nudist places where people are nude as much as possible and everywhere possible and other places where people are just nude on the campsite and around the swimming pool but not in the restaurant or the bar. And then you can have these moments where suddenly everyone but you seems to be clothed.

      Most of the time everyone is fine with it though. It’s better that you remain nude the whole time than that you would remain clothed.

    2. I’ve had similar situations at nudist clubs where the weather turned cooler and everyone else either wrapped in something or put on some clothes, except for me. I’m that type who, unless the weather turns cold enough to make parts of me turn blue, insists upon staying nude the whole time, and I did. I never felt uncomfortable or awkward, though, simply because I was amongst those who were nudists and dressed or covered only because of the weather…

  4. Wonderful stories especially the bakery one yuk having someone that close to you even when your clothed creeps me out.
    Positive is your stories of true events makes me feel more comfortable that what i feel is normal
    Interactions when naked always make me think”what if”

  5. I was at Hippie Hollow this summer enjoying a beautiful day. When I returned to my towel after a quick trip to the restroom I found three very clothed and very loud Asian tourists sitting not 15 feet from my towel. Not only were the dressed but they were wearing jackets and hats; in Texas, in August. They sat there talking very loudly in an Asian language for what felt like an eternity. I have no idea what they were saying. I did feel awkward and a little upset that they had intruded on my space when the park was almost completely empty.

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