Naked in a Foreign Country

 

Did I get your attention with that title? Please keep reading, it is a topic that I will be talking about further down the page. Specifically I want this post to be be about trying new and/or different things when you travel to other places or countries, things that you wouldn’t normally do.

Do you ever dare to try the food whose name that you can’t pronounce? Jump out of that airplane because no time is like the present and you have always been curious how awesome all that adrenaline pumping through your veins must be? Or maybe you are just trying something new because everyone else is doing it, but that doesn’t matter because do you know what? You are doing it too! Have you walked on fire? Driven on the other side of the road? It could even be something that other people might not think is crazy or different but it is a big leap out of your own personal comfort zone.

I personally attempt to do something out of my comfort zone on every trip. A couple of years ago I even attempted trying something new and/or different every day! On the second day of doing this I ate vegemite – yes I realize this isn’t crazy for some, but it was for me, I almost threw up!

Now to the naked part. Canadians aren’t as liberal as Europeans; a fact that I’ve known for quite sometime and I’m sure a lot of you knew that to. I myself have always been quite a private person also have never been that comfortable in my own skin, but not too many of us are, are we?

Recently on my trip to Iceland I visited a few thermal spas/ hot baths. You can find numerous hot springs and pools across this intensely geothermaly active country including the most famous of them all the Blue Lagoon. All of the water is heated by the ground and most don’t require any chemicals be cause of their temperature, rate of water refresh and the natural combinations of minerals and algae and so on. However the icelandic people like to be very clean so it is mandatory that you must shower sans bathing suit before jumping into any hot pool. In Iceland they do require you wear a bathing suit in the pool however in the changing rooms everyone of every age and size was prancing around nude and they don’t seem to believe in shower doors in Iceland so it looked like I was going to have to do this too.
This is a situation that I have successfully avoided all my life, who knows what I thought might happen but I just always had a fear of “somewhat” public nudity and of course public nudity just in general. (That’s normal though right?) I won’t be attending any nudist retreats any time soon….. But I took a deep breath and I did it.

Guess what happened next? Nothing, all this fear and pent up anxiousness was over nothing, which I had been trying to convince myself of before hand but of course I could not of 100% known this until after I had done it. It felt great, I felt proud of myself and I also felt like I blended in and had experienced this normal every day European way of life. To them it’s like putting on your socks…. Or taking them off I guess…
Now what about you? What outrageous or different thing have you done wle traveling? Something that you had always felt uncomfortable with or something that you could of never even imagined yourself doing? Do you live for trying new things on the road? Will you ever jump out of a plane? I want to hear your stories!

~Cailin

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16 Comments

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    Jeremy Branham
    May 31, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    My craziest thing is wandering upon a nude beach in Portugal. And yes, everyone was nude. Here is the thing – I am white. I don’t have a nice tan even though I live in California. Now people who are white are aware of it. Now try being white at a beach when there are NO tan lines. It’s even MORE intimidating!! It took me a while – a long time actually. However, I went completely nude on the beach. I enjoyed it and would do it again. It’s not what everyone thinks it is but it is a big deal for those here in North America. Maybe I will find another beach like this in Vancouver! Who wants to join me? :)

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    jasmine
    May 31, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Love the title! It made me look! Seriously though, I wouldn’t know what to do on a nude beach. I’m just not sure I’m mature enough to deal with any oddities that may arise! :/

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    Sophie's World
    May 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Funny post this. For me, it was the opposite. When I was an exchange student in high school in the USA, we had gym (or PE, as they called it). I remember thinking it very odd that there wasn’t a large room with heaps of showers, but instead 4 or 5 shower stalls with curtains and everyone had to wait turns.

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    Tijmen
    May 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I went to Sweden this summer and did a long hike in the artic part. Every other day there was a sauna. I never visited one before, and at first I had to get used to beign naked there as well. But since the room is full of other naked people, I got used to it pretty quickly.

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    Christy
    May 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wow, amazing, hats off to your courage for attempting it:) I am not sure whether I would dare to do it myself;)
    If Canadians are not as liberal as Europeans, Asians are even way more conservative…hehe:D

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    Graham
    May 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    hey, good for you! yet to get my kit off in public, but maybe one day! ;-)

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    Colleen Setchell
    May 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Well done you! I had a similar experience in a German spa a few years ago… I think what freaked me out more than the fact that everyone was naked, was the fact that everyone was completely comfortable being naked (even the ones that should, well….not go naked in public) I guess it’s all about different cultures…

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      Cailin
      May 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Colleen! It is different in different cultures for sure! but if you think about it, we are all born naked and I am sure that the cavemen weren’t wearing many clothes :)

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    Brit
    May 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Congrats on facing your fear! I also once braved public nudity at a Japanese onsen and it was quite a liberating experience until my friend fainted and I had to deal with this in the nude :-)

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      Cailin
      May 22, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      hahahahahahaha You had me in stitches Elaine!! I hope your friend was ok, but how awkward must that of been!! haha

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    Deb
    May 22, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Good for you for going for it. It is so true, at spas around Europe everyone goes naked. While Canada is considered to be very liberal, we are very prim and proper when it comes to nudity. Even if we made it legal for women to go topless:)

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      Cailin
      May 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks! I’m sure I wouldn’t of done it if another Canadian were around! hahaha

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    Jamie
    May 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I have no problem with nudity, unless of course it is myself that has to be naked. It probably took a lot of guts to do that, so congrats on that Cailin. I have a pretty “Rational” fear of heights,er Falling! However I feel inside myself the urge to skydive and bunjee jump plus most things “Up High” related.
    Once we land in New Zealand it will be open season for kicking fear in the tushy.

    Ps- Looking forward to seeing your Iceland Video

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      Cailin
      May 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      hahaha Jamie I’m sure a lot of people are the same way! hahahaha

      You will have a blast kicking fear in the butt in New Zealand!! Its exhilarating!!! :)

      The Iceland video will be out really soon! :)

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    James Guanzon
    May 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Bravo for trying something new!

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      Cailin
      May 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks James! :)

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