The Naturist Talks: Nicole from Canada

The Naturist Talks: Nicole from Canada

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’re having Nicole, 48 years young from Canada

 

Hello Nicole, tell us something about yourself
Hi I’m Nicole from Canada, a 48 divorced mom. I’m a real estate broker and have 2 kids: a son of 17 and daughter of 15.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I’ve been in this lifestyle for 8 years now and I love it a lot. My kids also join me in this lifestyle and love it as much as I do. I got into it just before my divorce with friends that were already nudists, my ex did not want to try it but I did and liked it. Soon after my divorce I got my kids into it and they also enjoy it very much. I am so happy for them!

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
There are legal naturist places in Canada and we have gone to a few of them. It was nice, there’s no bad atmosphere there, people know about your lifestyle and are open to join you without any judgement.

 

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The best part of naturism is the freedom of just enjoying your natural self and not being judged about your looks or appearance. I love the feeling of it all basically and love being with others that also feel the same way.

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Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
It was easy for me as I had friends that were already in this lifestyle. After a while I made other friends and got other friends into it, even though they were not naturists from the beginning. I love to see them also enjoying it now . We have gone to a resort in the Caribbean and met people from all age groups there and it was nice to be with them and to get to know them. My kids also enjoyed that and it was an all in all nice experience. we still have friends of all age groups that join us.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just take it one day at a time and go into it with an open mind and do not put too much pressure on yourself and it will go well.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
We met a nice family at one of our trips in the Caribbean, they had kids of similar ages as my kids and it was so nice to meet them and get to know them. We chatted for a long time and they then came to our hotel room and we continued chatting and we started to talk about massages and apparently we all loved them. We started to give each other massages and we were still shy at first as we have not gotten massages from other nudists before. But they were so nice about it and we all enjoyed it, we became good friends during the trip and still are.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Nicole!

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!

 

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Do we need to be scared of perverts at the nude beach?

Do we need to be scared of perverts at the nude beach?

We’ve all heard the stories… Dirty old men sitting in the corner of a nude beach or behind a dune while looking at you (or your husband). Teenagers in board shorts passing by, checking out the “merchandise”. Couples giving each other just that little too much attention just that little too close to you.
And these stories are true, people don’t invent them. Although they might exagerate a bit, but that’s what we all do when we have an exciting story to tell, no?
Unfortunately, when it comes to nudism, when it comes to exposing yourself and your flaws and all the things you have been hiding for others for so many years, those exagerations do make a big deal. Those are things that actually stop people from trying nudism.

 

And then you google “nudism” and you see all these candid photos of people having a nap at the nude beach, not knowing  that some weirdo was watching them from behind the dunes with his tele lens … it’s terrifying.
What if my boss gets hold of these pictures? What if my children or my parents do?
These are scenarios that we clearly don’t want to happen. But is it really something we have to be afraid of? Every day we see pictures in the newspaper of people who got injured or died in a car crash, did it ever stop us from driving to work (or to the bar)? Not really…
Then how much should we care about the pervies?

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Male vs female perverts
When we hear about incidents on nudist places, the offender is always either 16 or 61 and always male. Whenever we ask someone about their negative encounters, it always had to do something with a man. A man who was staring too much, a man who got too close, a man who got an erection at the wrong moment,… As far as we know, or at least what we’ve heard from the stories, there are no female perverts.
Is that really true?
Of course not. The reason why we think that is because men are in these cases… well… just plain stupid. Some men seem to think that keeping eye contact and at the same time playing with their penis stimulates women (it does not). Some men seem to think that walking around with a huge boner will soon get him in bed with the babe of the beach (it doesn’t eiter). People will think he’s a freak.
But the other way around, if a woman stares at a man for just one second too much, the guy will feel happy, noticed. If his wife says something about it, he’ll go “no honey, she was just being friendly” and afterwards he thinks “allright! I’ve just been eye fucked!”. As a pervie man, you have nothing to win, as a pervie woman, you have very little to lose.
And of course women don’t have any anatomical signs that they get excited or you must have noticed the greed in her eyes. So are there dirty minded women at the nude beach as well? Probably yes, they’re just way better in hiding it.

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What bad habits can you expect?
We have been quite active nudists for about eight years now, of which the last couple of months we’re basically been moving from one nudist place to another. We’ve been around. We’ve been to all kinds of places, clubs, campgrounds, beaches, resorts, you name it and we have to say that our encounters with misbehaviour are very rare and that we have never felt the need to leave.
But it does happen and then it’s up to you how you deal with the situation. Do you walk away? Do you punch them in the face? Do you call the authorities? And most importantly, do you let this change your idea of nudism?
We’ve talked with several owners of naturist businesses and they all say the same: Everything depends on the situation and the persons involved and all incidents are different.
But we can put them into categories:

 

  • Public sex. Some couples feel the need for an audience while they’re doing their thing. They enjoy the idea that they are/might be watched. It’s hard to drag a line here, we all know that giving your girlfriend a massage is completely accepted but that giving your boyfriend a handjob is not done. That’s clear. But there’s a huge gray zone in between the two.

 

  • The exhibitionist. This is the most common type and most of the time they mean no harm. They just like the idea that people are looking at them (just like the previous) while they’re parading up and down the beach. And this is certainly not limited to the nude beach, you should see the 6PM Speedo parade at the Garda Lake in Italy. Most of the time the exhibitionist is funny to see, it only becomes annoying when they get some kind of sexual pleasure from it and things start to go up.

 

  • The voyeur. There are different degrees in voyeurism, and the “regular” voyeur is the least harmfull. He or she comes to the nude beach to watch the nudies. They often prefer clothing optional places because then they don’t have to get naked themselves. They can be found either in a corner of the beach so they have a good overview or very close to other people.

 

  • The masturbator. The masturbator is the kind of voyeur that needs immediate pleasure. They can’t wait until they get home or they don’t trust on their mental images to bring enough excitement. So while they’re looking around they start playing with themselves. Some are very good at hiding it and others gain extra pleasure knowing that people have seen what they’re doing. Which makes them in such case an exhibitionist as well.

 

  • The paparazzi. This is the voyeur who brought a camera. Before the uprise of the smartphone they were very easy to spot. “Oh but I brought this huge telelens for photographing birds”… Nobody believed it. But now things are different. Everyone of us carries devices that are able to make decent quality photos  and we need them for a million other things as well. Only when they follow you with their phone as you’re passing by, you know that they’re not texting.

 

What can we do about all this?
Ah the big question… And the answer is simple: absolutely nothing.
We can’t fight this. We can try to prevent it with rules and more rules and security guards and membership cards and identity checks and we’re sure that all of that will help. But it won’t solve the problem. We may get a false idea of security but we’ll never be 100% sure that nothing can or will happen.
Pretty scary, isn’t it?

 

perv4The good news is that we can decide ourselves how we handle these cases. How much of a deal we make of it, how much a certain incident changes our ideas about nudism.
Because let’s face it, is it really that bad?
Having sex in public is not done. We don’t want people to do that. But is it harmfull? Does it traumatize us? Is it enough to make us leave and never come back? We can also see the fun of it, or the fun of taking a chair and sit next to them to comment on their actions “Will he shoot? Will he shoot? Oooooh he misses.”. But then you hear the voice of your six-year-old asking “Mommy what are they doing?” and yes, that’s annoying. But you might get the same question the day after when he’s watching Discovery Channel.
The same thing counts for exhibitionists. They don’t harm us in any way, unless we start to make a big deal of it. You could also show him your most bored face and a look saying “buddy, do you really think that anyone is impressed by a penis over here? It’s a god damn NUDE beach!”. Or you could go over and just tell him “Well, you probably think that you’ll get loads of female attraction by showing off like that… but I have bad news for you…”
Bottom line is, if you can see the fun of it, it’s not as bad as it seems.

 

Voyeurs are a different story, they can really make us feel uncomfortable. Every time you look to your right you see the same person staring at you, a dirty look in his eyes and a strange smile on his lips. Many have left a nude beach after such a thing happened. The easiest solution is just to pack your stuff and go lay somewhat further. They’ll rarely follow. Or you could go over and ask “sorry, am I wearing something…” ah, no, you can’t do that. But you can say “hey buddy, never seen a boob before? Here’s two of them, take one last good look because the next time you stare at them I’ll put my right nipple in your eye”. Or something more polite.

 

The papparazzi are the worst, and the only type that scares us a bit as well. If people take mental images so they can think of you before they go to bed, it’s an annoying thought, but it won’t harm us. And basically, this could happen on the bus or in church as well.
But if they’re taking real pictures… That changes things of course because we have no idea where they will end up. Sometimes in a folder on their pc, but it could as well be on this website or on some obscure porn site.
There’s little we can say about this, those things do happen. But we like to believe that it’s rare and we consider it a calculated risk. Like crossing the street after ten beers or riding a bycicle in central Brussels. We know  that maybe something bad could happen, but is that really a reason to miss out on all the fun?

 

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Getting naked on Paros, Greece

Getting naked on Paros, Greece

From our Naked Wanderings Cyclade Islands Basecamp on Antiparos it was only a fifteen minute ferry ride to the neighboring and much bigger island Paros. So on a nice Sunday morning we woke up early, walked to the scooter rental shop, went through some useless price negotiations and ended up with a black and blue 50cc beast. Only minutes later we embarked on the ferry with high expectations. If we had been able to find such a nice range of nudie places on a small island like Antiparos, what would it be on its bigger brother?
We have to warn you, this is not a happy story.

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 Lageri beach
The day did have fabulous start though, our first destination on Paros was Lageri beach, located on the north eastern tip of the island. A pretty long ride when your beast rarely reaches 40 kilometers per hour (that’s downhill and backwind), but everything for a skinny dip, right? Another reason why we picked this place as our startpoint was because Captain Barefoot had been raving about it, writing about half a novel to describe the beauty of the beach. We’ll try to keep it a bit shorter.

 

What could have also been shorter was the ride there. We had to drive up and down from Xafira to Santa Maria twice before we eventually found the right road and after decently cursing the Greek government for not putting enough signs and the Creator for designing the island in such a complicated way, we parked the beast and walked to the beach (later we would find out that many others easily found Lageri beach, so another cause for the trouble could also be our miserable navigation skills, but that’s off topic). Anyway, we found the beach and WOW! What a place! A long stretch of sand facing flat emerald green waters. It was like sitting next to the biggest and most beautiful swimming pool in the world.

 

We were clearly not the only ones who thought so, as the beach was crowded. Surprisingly (in a good way) about 90% of the other visitors were nudies as well. We didn’t really expect this based on our previous experiences on Greek beaches, especially since the ratio on the official nudist beach on Antiparos was only about 50-50. In fact, it was nice to see that the main Lageri beach was almost completely nude and that the textiles resided in the nearby smaller coves. Our perfect world. The crowd was quite mixed concerning age and gender, but the majority of the other visitors did seem to be male couples.
So we spent about an hour and a half enjoying the sun, the sea and the company of so many other nudies, but then we decided that we had to move on. There were many other places to explore.
A decision we would soon regret.

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The not so nude beaches
Next stop on our list would be Tourkou beach, on the other side of the bay. We had been told that this beach is often referred to as Monastiri, but that we should not make the mistake to go naked on the real Monastiri beach. Little chance for that, when we passed that beach it was so crowded that no nudist would dare to bare. So we drove further until the road ended.
Now where’s that Tourkou beach?
Nobody had told us that from the end of the road you have another walk of about an hour (one way) to reach the beach. It was around noon, the heat was kicking in and we started calculating. One hour to go plus one hour to return plus… even if we only go for a quick swim we’ll lose at least 2.5 hours. There were some more places on our map so we decided to check out those instead.

 

Next stop was the nearby Porto Paros. According to the Captain’s statistics, previous visitors had found a nudist ratio of something between 50% and 98%, that sounded very promising. When we got there, the nudist ratio was 0%. Not a single nudist. We found a crowded beach with textiles arranged like sardines next to each other and no possibility to get a quick naked swim away from the others.
So we moved on to Kolymbithres beach, still in the same bay and only a couple of kilometers more south. A beautiful place, recognizable by its huge rock formations. On the main beach there was a beach bar and a couple of busloads of textiles, but we couldn’t imagine that we wouldn’t find a hidden cove between those rocks. And we found lots of those. Unfortunately all inhabited by textiles, who searched and found a more serene place away from the loud music.
Again no luck.

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Krios and Marsala
Back towards Paroika, the capital of the island, we had two more possible nude beaches on our list. The first one we decided to check out was Krios. Again we walked the whole beach, again we found a couple of coves and again they were all taken by textiles and not another nudie in sight. At this point we were becoming quite desperate and we wondered why the hell we had left Lageri beach so quickly. We could’ve spent all day among nudists on the most beautiful beach but instead we were driving from one disappointment to another.
We decided that we wouldn’t get back on the scooter before we had been naked. A daring thought after our experiences of the last several hours, but sometimes you have to give faith a kick in the butt before it starts to listen.

 

So we walked. Past the main Krios beach, past several coves with textiles who we gave the evil eye and several mental curses which would make even the roughest sailors cry. And we walked further, past the church not caring about the distance even if we had to walk until sunset, when all the textiles went to their hotel rooms to change clothes, naked we would be.
Luckily we didn’t have to wait that long. Just before we arrived at Marsala beach we couldn’t believe what we saw. A small rocky cove with… wait for it… TWO NUDIES!
We can be pretty fast to get out of our clothes, but that moment we must have set a world record. We didn’t care that it wasn’t a really nice place or that the rocks were too hard and too pointy, we were naked at last.

 

One last try
After about an hour we decided that we had time to check out one more place and we picked Voutakos beach in the south-west of the island. We tried to get there, didn’t find the right road, drove up and down a wrong road several times, tried again but without success. The sun was about to set, we were getting hungry and we couldn’t be bothered anymore. We had tried. So we decided to go back to Antiparos, get ourselves a big souflaki and eat it on the official nudist beach.

 

Were we disappointed because we drove so many kilometers for nothing? Not at all. We had a nice day, we had a lot of fun and we saw many beautiful places.
Were we disappointed because the Captain gave us wrong information? Certainly not. We knew that most of the info on Captain Barefoot dates from ten or fifteen years ago.
What did disappoint us was that so much had changed during those ten years. In the past, Paros seemed to have a lot of options for nudists, now we only found two of which the first one was the only decent one. Why have we all been pushed to the same beach?
We didn’t have enough time to make a statement, but if you ever find yourself on Paros for a couple of days, please reclaim our beaches!
The Naturist Talks: Tom from the USA

The Naturist Talks: Tom from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest for today is Tom, a 20 year young nudist from California, USA

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Hello Tom, tell us something about yourself
I am 20 years old and live in the inland empire in southern California and I am currently in my third year of working on getting a degree in chemical engineering. I find that the curriculum is quite difficult, however it is very rewarding once you finally master something and realize you now have gained the ability to design/run an actual industrial process.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
My family are not naturists however thinking back to childhood I can remember always having a desire to have the option of being nude when it was convenient, and as a result of this I would dabble in naturism by hanging out naked whenever I was home alone or something of that nature. When I was a teenager this essentially graduated into free hiking by myself through the local wilderness and skinny dipping in the pool when no one was around.

 

Eventually when I was 18, I got the courage to try and meet and socialize with other people who shared my love of naturism so I went to a local naturist spot where you can free hike and skinny dip in hot springs. It was early when I got there and it was a slow day, there were only about ten people there. I was pretty nervous because at the time only one person there was nude, however I just told myself that everyone who was there must at least be accepting of naturism or they wouldn’t be there, and I plucked up the courage and stripped down.
Wouldn’t you know it? All of them must have had the same anxiety I had and were just waiting for someone else to break the ice because within an hour eight of the ten there were nude. I’m happy to say I’ve been back to that spot many times since and have yet to have had a bad experience.

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Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
I live in the US in southern California and from what I’ve seen naturism has a good amount of spots where, even if it’s not technically legal, it’s tolerated by authorities. Near me there is Blacks beach which is an official legal nude beach, Deep Creek hot springs which I’ve been told is officially legal because of the jurisdiction of the land, and several naturist resorts. This is not to mention that there seems to be an abundance of legal naturist events, probably the biggest around would be events like the LA naked bike ride thing all the way down to smaller events that I’ve been to such as a naturist club renting out an arcade or bowling alley for the night.

 

As for how most people around consider naturism? I would say that many people haven’t even ever thought about it and most would consider It just a very strange quirk for a person to have. If you were to ask those people if they would try it themselves however they would probably say no either because of not wanting to see certain types of people naked or not wanting to be seen naked themselves. If I’m ever in a situation where naturism is not technically legal, such as free hiking in an area where encountering someone is unlikely but not impossible, then I just make sure to keep alert and have some kind of cover up ready. However if I do encounter someone then I make sure not to act like I’ve been caught doing something wrong, I just say hi politely and calmly and then cover up deliberately in order to show that I am covering up out of politeness to them, not because I was caught in some indecent act.

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What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
What I like most about naturism is the freedom it affords you. There are so many situations in life when clothes are just a hassle that society demands we endure because the sky might fall if anyone ever saw a naked body, I’m looking at you swimsuits. The aspect of the freedom naturism gives you is the social aspect, when you are socializing with a fellow naturist it feel like there are no walls and its just easier to get to know them. I can’t really think of a better way to describe this and I would say you just have to experience it.

 

If I had to pick what aspect of naturism I like least I would have to say it is the reputation that is attributed mostly to men that men are just into it for some sort of sexual gratification or some such. There are definitely people out there who aren’t really into naturism and are really just purely exhibitionists and they sort of spoil the whole bunch because now it feels like there is a suspicion cast on every persons intentions.

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Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
I do think it is harder to make naturist friends than it is to make textile friends and I think the reason for this lies in the places where naturism is usually practiced. I think that many naturist venues really lend themselves more to acquaintance making rather than long term friend making. Naturist venues tend to be places like beaches, and resorts, places where people go to relax and usually in my experience do not make long lasting friendships as much as just friendly acquaintances.

 

Meanwhile the places where people usually do make long term friendships are places like schools, and workplaces where the same people interact with each other on a daily basis. That said I do find that when I am at a naturist venue I find it significantly easier to make acquaintances with people than if I was at the same type of venue but textile. In addition to this there are lots of naturist groups out there with people my age, however I just lack the free days to be able to attend many meetings etc in order to ever become more than acquaintances with these people.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
I would say to visit naturist venues and get involved with naturist groups in your area if there are any. Go to meetups, talk to people, share experiences, and enjoy naturism.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Tom!

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!

 

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The pros and cons of social media for the future of nudism

The pros and cons of social media for the future of nudism

“Dear Facebook, Several months ago we’ve sent you a message with complaints, but unfortunately we haven’t heard anything back from you. We’re still not satisfied…”

 

This could have been the start of another open letter to Facebook complaining about the fact that they still don’t respect us, the nudists. Because they still seem to think that what we are doing belongs to the same category as porn stars having threesomes on white leather couches.
We do like to fight for our rights, verbally at least, and we love the discussions although they’re often endless. Give us a bottle of wine and some snacks and we can talk the whole evening and most of the night about how wrongly we feel treated by social media and how unaccepted we feel by something that’s supposed to bring people together. But in the end they’re not going to change their rules for us, they are big businesses. They react on the requirements of a majority. They don’t care that some Naked Wanderings blog (a very good one by the way, you should read it sometime) complains about getting temporarily banned or that a woman starts questioning wheter or not a fraction of her nipple can be shown.
Well… at least not when you’re alone…
Jessa O’Brien (a.k.a. The Nude Blogger) has proven that we can make a difference (and that our attempt with the open letter was actually pretty lame, but that’s another story) but that we need the support of the media. Then it suddenly becomes a big deal and then they may react.

 

But you didn’t give us a bottle of wine, so we’re not going to keep you up all night with philosophies about why social media should accept us.
Instead we’ve asked ourselves the question until which extend we should accept social media…

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The phonies
We have always liked social media. We’re children of the eighties, so we saw the whole thing coming at just the right time: Way before our parents. “Clean my room? Sure mom, but please send me a reminder on Facebook”. You should’ve seen her troubled face back then, now she’s calling why we haven’t yet liked the photo she has put on instagram two minutes ago.
But it’s cool, she tries to keep up, go mom!
What’s less cool is that people love to be someone else on social media. That didn’t come as a surprise though, does anyone remember SecondLife? Now it has been expelled to the darkest dungeons of the internet, but a couple of years before Facebook got famous it was a pretty big deal. Basically you could create a “second life” in a virtual world and be whoever you wanted to be. Suddenly, as soon as you logged on, you became a rock star, a top model, a Bill Gates without the dorky glasses. That virtual world was perfect and well inhabited with loads of perfect people so the whole perfectness became a bit mediocre.

 

And then Facebook came, and people loved it and it was all real. But then someone thought “what if I lie about my studies, who will know?”.
We all know where that story ends…
Soon people found out that they can also be anonymous. That they can be a gray mouse from nine to five and a insatiable-6 pack-22 inch-lover from seven to eleven. Or a rich business man. Or someone of the other gender.
People could have their fake Second Life indentity inside a “non-fake” world. Or at least they thought.
Since we have Naked Wanderings social media accounts, you have no idea how many conversations or tweets or comments or whatever we get saying “hey, I’m a nudist too, here’s a photo of my erected penis” (okay, normally they say “large cock” but we like to keep things decent here). Uncountable. And we think “Really? Is THAT what you think nudism is? Didn’t you read anything about it?”.
Of course we’ve gotten used to that. We answer something like “ok, please read our blog and if you still think nudism is something for you, get back to us”. They never do.
But suppose there’s this couple, early twenties, still exploring the world and one of them puts the card on the table.
“I’m interested in nudism.”
So the other says “yeah… you’re kinda surprising me here… i’ll have to think about that”. These days thinking means going to Facebook, find a nudist group, post on their timeline that you’re new and want to learn more about the lifestyle and within 10 minutes there’s a guy messaging you “here’s my erected penis, now show me yours”. Talking about a first impression.
And then we haven’t said anything about the pictures we receive that are obviously straight from YouPorn with the message “Hi, I’m Natascha from Russia and I want to have sex with you”. Weird.

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Hate your body by going on social media
Okay, the phonies are one thing and you have them in real life too. The people who stole 70 euros out of mom’s wallet to buy a bottle of fake champaigne in some nightclub so they feel special, we wouldn’t want to feed them.
But then there’s something more deep… We’re all a bit fake on social media, aren’t we? Look at your timeline and tell us that that’s exactly how your life is. Bacon and eggs breakfast on Mondays, a glass of rosé wine on the beach on Wednesday and on Friday we’re having a party baby! That’s not our life. Those are the moments we want to share with others. We don’t want to post a picture with a pile of files saying “look at all the boring work I still have to do”.

 

What we don’t think about is the perception of others. We rarely realise that what we see on Facebook are just snapshots. The entertaining parts of our lives, the parts we’re proud of. You don’t see the blisters on our feet or the sweat on our backs before we reached the top of that hill, you don’t see the argument in the car (“you took the wrong exit” “because you told me to” …) before we found that beautiful nude beach, you don’t see our hungover selves dying in the couch the day after the party.
We look at Facebook and we say “whoa, look at Lins, she lost another 2 kilos. No wonder she’s confident enough to be a nudist and I’m not”.  What you don’t see on Facebook are the kilos she gained. There’s only one… no, two… nah only one person in the world who knows the real deal. And those things we tend to forget. We have several friends who, if we would use the statistics on Facebook, weigh about minus fifty kilograms by now.

 

What we want to say here is that social media, just like other media, doesn’t show you the reality, but only a glimpse of it. People only show what they want you to see. Actually it’s propaganda, a bit like the news in North-Korea. But before you start treating your friends like mini Kim Jong Uns, double check your own profile first.

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The pros
We’d like to add a positive note as well here. Social media is a way of connecting people and we think it’s still the best possible way. People in countries where nudism is forbidden by law can get in touch with each other and organise something on their own, we make new friends all over the world, we know when the next skinny dip is taking place and you know when the latest Naked Wanderings blog post is there.
There are many groups you could join, discussing specific nudist topics like nudist gardening, nudism in some small town in Zimbabwe, nudist chess players, nudist skydivers, you name it. But then there are of course also the more dodgy “sexy nudists” (don’t bother, for the sake of investigation we checked it out and it’s all men exchanging pictures of naked women… Who would’ve thought…).

 

Another reason why we need social media is to organise ourselves, let ourselves be heard. We already mentioned The Nude Blogger, she started her campain because she was kicked off Instagram, but without Facebook or Twitter she would’ve never gained so much attention from the “regular” media. Look at the middle east, many movements started from social media. It does give us a voice and if we use it in the right way, we can get things moving.
But we have to know what we’re doing.

 

SIDE NOTE: When re-reading this post it does seem that things went quite philosophical… Maybe because we did have that bottle of wine… But we’re also still in Greece, the birth math of modern philosophy, so let’s not blame the wine.

 

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Getting naked on Antiparos, Greece

Getting naked on Antiparos, Greece

When we say the name “Cyclades”, images of white and blue houses covered in Bougainvillea plants might pop into your head, as well as exotic names like Santorini, Naxos or Mykonos.
Indeed, that’s where we are at the moment!
We did however chose one of the lesser known islands: Antiparos. A small island nearby its bigger brother Paros. The main reason why we picked this one was because there’s an official nude beach and right next to it there’s a campsite. So we thought maybe, if we’re lucky, the campsite might as well be a bit clothing optional…
We weren’t that lucky.
But nevertheless it’s a great camp, very relaxed, very laid back and compared with other campsites around Greece also pretty cheap. Our cup of tea.

 

But of course we didn’t travel all the way to Antiparos to hang around the campsite, as always in Greece we consulted our new best friend Captain Barefoot for an indication of where to go nude, we rented a scooter and went on our way.

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The official nudist beach
We’re not sure if this beach has any other name, everywhere we look it’s just referred to as “nudist beach”. Given the fact that it’s one of the very few official nude beaches in Greece and that it’s about 2 minutes walk from the campsite, it was the first one we wanted to check out. If you’ve read our last post, that’s unfortunately indeed the beach that we were talking about. So we won’t go again into much detail about the visitors, there were quite a lot of textiles, also quite some nudists, but most of them flocked together at the end of the beach.

 

Other than the presense of textiles, the beach is a great place. Hidden in the dunes, beautifully coloured shallow waters and mostly sandy. It’s an ideal place to spend a day in the nude and we went back there several times during our stay on Antiparos. Sometimes in the afternoons there will be a van selling cold drinks and snacks to make the image complete.
If you want to get more active, there’s a volleyball net ready for you, but you’ll have to bring your own ball. And if you really want to do something great, and this is really cool, because the waters are that shallow, you can wade all the way to the nearby island Diplo. This island is uninhabited and very few people go there, so you can actually walk around on the island nude. It’ll be hard to find a better place for an evening stroll.
Keep in mind though that not all of Diplo is sand, so bring something to protect your feet from the rocks.

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Sifnaikos (Sunset beach)
The next dot on our map was sunset beach, only a couple of minutes walk from Antiparos town. According to the Captain we should walk to the right of the bay and “find some small two-person sandy bays”. So we started walking… until the end of the bay (and even a little bit further). We didn’t find a single good place to get undressed and go for a skinny dip and neither did we spot any other nudists. So we thought maybe it’s the wrong time of the day… We were there in the early afternoon and it’s called sunset bay… Maybe it was the tides… So we decided to come back in the evening. Which we did. But exactly the same story. No two-person sandy bays, a couple of rocky bays covered in drift wood and plastic, yes, but nothing good enough to make us stay.

 

Psaraliki beaches
Another place where the captain’s information seemed a bit outdated were the Psaraliki beaches. There are two of them, the first one for textiles and on the second one we should find nudists. When we were there, the beach was completely textile. So we started walking and walking and walking past the far end of the beach, past a rocky path until we found some beautiful empty sandy bays.
Now that’s what we’re talking about! After our initial disappointment we could finally go for a swim. So if you find yourself in the same situation, when you face the sea at Psaraliki 2, just keep walking to the right, past the small surfboard rental shack, past some rocky bays and you’ll find at least 3-4 small empty bays where you can relax without clothes.

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Panagia beach
This beach we actually found by accident as it was not on the Captian’s list. When we were returning from a ride around the island with our scooter, we suddenly spotted a nice beach with a couple of nudies. So we hit the brakes, parked our stallion and went over to have a look. Since it was already quite late, the whole beach was covered in shade and the sunbathers who were still left were preparing to leave. So we decided to come back the day after. Panagia beach can also be reached via a nice half hour walk south from Antiparos town, past the Psaraliki beaches. We arrived there in the early afternoon and there wasn’t a single nudie to be seen. So we did what we always do, just walked a bit further, found a very nice secluded beach for ourselves and went for a skinny dip.

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Livadia beach
All previously mentioned beaches can easily be reached on foot from Antiparos town, for this one you actually need some kind of transport (or be willing to hike several hours of course). But it’s definitely worth it, Livadia is a beautiful bay with a huge sandy beach divided in two parts by some rocks. When we arrived there, the only other visitors were a textile couple. They had chosen the first part of the bay, so we chose to walk to the second part. Each their own beach and the second part was less windy anyway. Livadia was one of the nicest beaches we had seen on the island, clear blue waters (although at the far end of the beach the shore gets a bit rocky so watch your feet), some bushes that provide shade and rocks giving you shelter from the winds. It’s hard to say what the naturist scene is over there as we were basically alone. After an hour or so more visitors came, some sunbathers, some surfers but all textiles. As they all chose the first part of the beach, we couldn’t be bothered less.

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Soros beach
The instructions from the Captian were again a bit confusing. When you arrive in Soros following the signs on the main road, you actually arrive on the second beach, the main beach. But since it’s divided in two parts it looks like two beaches. Epecially because everyone seems to flock on the second part where the beach bar is. So we confused the first part with the first beach. Being so close to the road and many passers by, we could hardly imagine that it was clothing optional. So we started walking. If you ever find yourself at Soros beach, better follow our instructions.
All of the beach next to the road is main beach, textile beach. This is where you’ll land. Walk away from the beach bar to the left when facing the sea, where the road turns inland you’ll find a path up the rocks, that one you need to follow. Soon you’ll see a long but thin stretch of beach, this is not the clothing optional beach either, although you could probably go naked there if you find a way to get down. Just walk a little further and there’s a cove with a nice beach. That’s the one!
When we were there, there were several other visitors but apparently all textiles. Since it was our last beach of the day, we wanted a skinny dip anyway. So we went to the far end and got naked. It wasn’t until half an hour later that we spotted another nudie couple who were hiding behind a big rock, and five minutes later one of the textiles decided to get naked as well.

 

Other beaches
Next to above mentioned beaches there are a couple of other places you might want to check out when you have a spare day on Antiparos. Monasteria for example, a beach quite near to Livadia. We tried to get there, but the road is in such a bad condition that it was impossible to get to the beach with two people on a 50cc scooter.
Despotiko island at the south of Antiparos is said to have a beach that’s frequented by nudists as well and like in many places in Greece, if you’re cruising around and find a deserted cove or an empty part of a beach, it’s no problem to go naked there either. Nobody will care.
Nudists, don’t run away!

Nudists, don’t run away!

We’ll sketch you a scene here: A beautiful Tuesday afternoon , there’s a beach on Antiparos, one of the amazing Cyclade islands in Greece. The sun is high in the sky, the water is in different shades of blue and the soft sands are calling to put down your towel.
The reason why you picked this beach and not one of the many others on the island is because it’s one of the only official nudist beaches in all of Greece and once you got to the place you were happy to see the sign saying “official nudist beach since the seventies”. When you looked a bit further a more unpleasant sight caught your attention… Textiles.

 

So you walk down the beach, past the hordes of textiles, spotting a single nudist here and there and you wonder “what happened?”. Until you pass a dune and there, in a small secluded area where the beach is more rocky and less shady you’ll find the nudists. Packed together.
Does this sound familiar?
Unfortunately, to many of you it must do. Based on the reactions we often get when we write the 724th blog post in favour of clothing optional. Many nudies have the idea that textiles are taking over their beaches, chasing  us away or into a corner.

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Why does this happen?
We can think of many reasons why textiles want to frequent our beaches. Some think it’s voyeurism, in order to make their stay at the beach a little bit more pleasant (they don’t have the pleasure of swimming naked, you know) they want to include some naked people watching.
Others say that they’re trying to chase us away, to make all beaches textile again and put us back behind our fences in the woods.
And others say it’s something sexually, they think that people who like to wander around naked are easy targets to seduce, that on one time or another a gorgeous naked nymph will walk up to them asking “hi stranger, how about some shagging behind that dune?”.

 

We won’t tell you that all of the above is untrue. Yes, some of them might be voyeurs, perverts or anti-nudists. But we think that for the majority of the textile visitors it’s just pure ignorance. They don’t know what it is to be a nudist, they don’t know how long some of us have struggled before they felt confident enough to be naked among others, among naked others.
The beach we’re talking about here is the only one within easy walking distance to a campground, so most of the camp people just go over there and either miss the “nude beach” sign or completely ignore it. As far as they know, we’re just people who like to be naked and who don’t mind to be seen naked by others. They don’t make the difference whether these others should be clothed or not, like we do. They often have no idea that the presence of textiles does make some nudists feel uncomfortable.

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What can we do about it?
But of course many of us don’t feel completely relaxed being naked surrounded by textiles. We saw a woman in bikini walk into the sea, once she was halfway in the water she took the bikini off and held it in her hand while swimming around. Right before she returned to the beach she put it back on. The idea that someone who wants to swim naked, on a god damn nude beach, can’t feel comfortable enough to walk the 10-15 meters from her spot to the water without covering herself is just sad.

 

Even though the beach on Antiparos is an official nude beach, or at least said to be one, it’s not protected. There’s no big guy at the entrance saying “hey buddy, you’ll have to lose those shorts if you want to walk any further”. It’s totally dependent of the knowledge of the visitors that the etiquette of a nude beach says that you should be naked. A knowledge that textiles often don’t have. And as we said before, we refuse to believe that they (or at least all of them) do this on purpose.  For them, the “nude beach” sign just means that they can run into naked people, not that they are required to be naked themselves.
Since in Greece all beaches are public, it’s basically impossible to enforce a nude only rule.
So what can we do about it?

nudist's don't run away!

Clearly, on this beach, on that day, the option to let ourselves be chased away to a part less beautiful and less comfortable  away from the crowd was chosen. Basically the same we do at unofficial nude beaches. As you can read from the title of this post, this is not the strategy we want to promote.
We could of course try to protect the beach ourselves, we could walk up to every textile asking them if they missed the sign and what makes them think that it doesn’t count for them. We have heard about places where nudists do this and where this works very well. It’s a good way to educate textiles about nudism and about the nudist etiquette. But unfortunately it’s also a good way to get into a huge fight ending up with us nudists being seen as complete assholes.

 

We opted for the “live and let live” strategy. We chose ourselves a spot between the textiles and got nude. Agreed, it does take some courage and before some time we probably wouldn’t have dared to do such a thing. But right now, we believe it’s the best option. The fact that none of them cared about it or didn’t even looked at us, kind of proves our point that they were not there with bad intentions. They knew there could be naked people around them and now there were.
A positive note to all of this, is that in our own way we were normalizing nudity. When these people go home from their holiday on Antiparos and someone asks them to sign a petition to close this or that nude beach, they’ll probably refuse to do so. If someone asks them for support to make a certain beach clothing optional, they might even be in favour. Because, although they’re not nudists themselves, at least they saw what nudism is. And that it’s allright.

 

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The Naturist Talks: Annette and Chris from Bulgaria

The Naturist Talks: Annette and Chris from Bulgaria

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’re having Annette and her husband Chris from Bulgaria

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Hello Annette and Chris, tell us something about yourself
Hiya…We now live in Bulgaria on our own little farm, where I have lots and lots of animals. Plus where we can, and usually are, naked 24/7.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I got into nudism when I was about 30 I think…and love it.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Yes, it is allowed here in Bulgaria, and in fact they have quite a lot of nudist beaches. And they have everything, life guards, sun bed and sun umbrella rentals, cafes and bars, you name it.

 

nudist from CanadaWhat do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
I just love being naked, but if I have a pet hate, its this…a lot of naturists are complete fuddie dudies, and don’t enjoy it as they should.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Yes I do, no problem at all, although a lot of our close friends aren’t, more fool them I say.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Don’t be shy, if people don’t like the way you look…that’s simple…don’t look.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Annette and Chris!

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
Getting naked around Athens, Greece

Getting naked around Athens, Greece

Athens… It had been on our to-go list for such a long time, but somehow we always managed to go somewhere else instead.  Except for this time of course, a couple of days ago we finally dived into the city.
And it met all expectations, Athens is an amazing place which can cover everybody’s likes. Whether you’re interested in politics (it’s the birthmath of democracy), economics (the first use of currency) or philosophy (you literally walk in the footsteps of Socrates and many other ancient philosophers), it’s given to you on a plate. If you’re interested in history, it’s probably one of the most important places you’ve ever been to. And then we’re not talking about the food, the wines, the coffee, the great weather… even fashionistas will enjoy themselves.
And if, like ourselves, your interests are a combination of everything above, you can imagine how much we enjoyed the city.
And of course, you probably guessed it, we even went naked there. Although that didn’t exactly work out as planned…

 

We have to admit, it was mostly our own fault.
It was a Sunday, it was a beach day, so it was going to be a lazy day. Such a day had to be started with a good sleep in, a very good one. Mistake number one.
Our research wasn’t exactly done perfectly. We found a list of surrounding nude beaches online, dotted them out on a map and had huge miscalculations concerning distances and time needed to get from one place to another. Mistake number two.
And our hitchhiking skills somehow didn’t seem to work out very well in Athens. This is not really our own fault, but we could have guessed it as we’ve had similar issues in other places in Greece as well. It’s just not the best country to hitchhike.
So in the end we only managed to visit one nude beach.

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Limanakia beach
This is the nude beach closest to the city center, but don’t make the same mistake as we did, it’s still about 25km away. It took us more than two hours to get there: 1h15 on the tram, 30 minutes wandering around and figuring out where to go and another 20 minutes or so on local bus 122. The beach is actually a combination of 3 secluded beaches, or coves as the Captain describes them, of which the northern one is textile only and the other two are for nudists. We chose the middle one as it was the closest to the bus stop and we had already lost enough time. Once you get off the bus, look around for a dirt path down and you’ll soon spot the nudies.

 

While we were on the tram we already got the chance to see a lot of the textile beaches of Athens and they were not particularly stunning. Overly crowded, grayish sand and scattered rocks, not the most exotic place. So our expectations were pretty low when we arrived in Limanakia, but boy, what a lovely place! A beautiful cove with green-blue waters surrounded by huge flat rocks where many before us had already picked their perfect spot. But there was still enough place for us as well.
The crowd was a very diverse mix concerning age and gender and nudists and textiles. Although the nudists were clearly in the majority. An interesting fact was that we spotted several younger groups of friends where the men were nude and the women textile or monokini. We were wondering what this meant… It it still a cultural or religious inheritance? Are Greek women (most of the other visitors were Greek) still reluctant to nudism? If you know, please share your knowledge with us.

 

Anyway, the combination of single men, couples, groups of friends, young and old, the loud guy selling refreshments and Bob the fisherman (we don’t know if his name is really Bob but he looked like a Bob) made for a very interesting crowd.
We’re not astrologists, but we’ve been to many beaches before and seen from the position of the sun and the rocks when we were there, you’ll probably always find a place in the sun or in the shade, whichever you prefer.
Limaniaki was proven to be a nice beach and soon a couple of hours had passed, the sun started setting and we reminded ourselves of the long way back. Realising that we wouldn’t be able to check out any other beaches.

 

The other beaches
But because we couldn’t see the other beaches, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either. They’re scattered all around Athens, so we think that the best way to visit them all or most of them would be by renting a car.
For the sake of completeness of this post, we’ll give you a short overview of the possibilities via below map.

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If you’ve visited one of those, please share your experiences!
Why we need more naked beach parties

Why we need more naked beach parties

Many established naturist organizations are seeing black snow at the moment. The average age of their members is increasing and they struggle to attract new, younger members. So they came to a conclusion: Youth is not interested in naturism anymore. They have become prudes, they are too much focused on the beauty descriptions from the fashion industry or they are just too busy with their work, social lives and families.

 

This is old news, we already wrote a three piece series of articles about it with the Future of Nudism Part one, Part two and the unofficial Part three.
The time has come that they realize that youth might not be interested anymore in naked gardening days, yearly volleyball tournaments or organized afternoon walks on the beach.
Maybe what they want, what we want, are skinny dips, festivals and beach parties.

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How our BBQ turned into a beach party
An afternoon activity when we were staying at Vassaliki Naturist Club in Greece was a BBQ. Agreed, that doesn’t sound like the most spectacular thing to do during your afternoons on Kefalonia island, but the fact that it would be organized on a deserted beach, only accessible by boat pulled us over the line. Us and about ten other couples.
The setup was simple, we were driven with a mini van from the resort to the harbor and from there Mark, the owner of the resort, took us by boat to the beach. The resort’s cook was already there setting up the BBQ and preparing some lamb sticks and shish kebab.

 

It was a great afternoon, the sun was high in the sky and everyone was naked, except for the cook. He said it was for protection but we secretly think that he just got bored of the “make sure to take the right sausage”-jokes.
In any case, we had good time. People were chatting with each other and eating delicious food and the wine and beers were flowing. The staff brought holla-hoops and a frisbee so while some were practicing their body movements in order to keep the ring up, others were in the sea throwing the disk to each other.
An English guy had though about bringing speakers, so soon there was music, soon after there was dancing and everyone was drinking, laughing and having fun. We had a blast. When Mark came back with the boat to pick us up, the whole group started yelling at him “Go away Mark! We want to stay here! Pick us up tomorrow! Or the day after!”
In a couple of hours, a group of 20 naked strangers had become good friends, all trying to convince Mark to let us just stay a little bit longer.

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Why this works
“Oh kids”, you may sigh, but you have to know that we certainly weren’t teens (although we might’ve acted a bit that way). Next to ourselves there was one other couple in their thirties, some in their forties, some fifties and more. Age had nothing to do with this party, we felt like we were all equals.

 

Afterwards we thought about what it was that made this party work, why we believe that this, or similar events of course as not every naturist club has access to a secluded beach, might be the future for naturism.
Of course the fact that we were all on holiday did its part, we had no job to think about, no house that needed cleaning or clothes that had to be washed. And the fact that there was music and booze was also inevitable to get the party started, but most important was the social factor. We were a group. A group of people that did not care what the other’s background was or how they look, we already liked the others from before we even met them.

 

And we just did something fun, something everyone can do. Having a party doesn’t require specific skills and there are no winners or losers. There is no task list and there are no rules.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we need more naked beach parties!

 

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE: If you’re planning to organize a naked beach party, don’t forget to invite us!

 

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