Naturism & a real social life.

I was at a (pop) concert recently and was surprised by the number of people living the experience ‘second hand’. That is, they were mainly watching it through the screens of their smart phones!

Look at any bus queue, sit on any public transport, and we’re all addicted to the devices, texting, surfing the net, and unaware of our surroundings, unaware of the life going on around us.

Go to a sports arena and it’s the same. Rather than watching the game, we’re texting friends to say how good the game is (how do we know, faces buried in our phones?).

I guess there are some remaining areas where the smartphone takes second place in life. I’d imagine out on the golf course might be one, where the players mark their cards, take their shots or walk with their buggies. For the duration of the game, they’re focused on the game.

I know there are some places on earth, and some cultures, where speaking with strangers is considered ‘weird’. London, when I lived there, was one such place where you didn’t nod your head or say ‘good morning’ to people you passed. And I found it strange, when I moved to Scotland, that total strangers would stop to speak in a supermarket, or at a bus stop. But that’s the friendlier culture they grew up in. Pockets of sociability remain.

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Naturism: where strangers, stripped of their anti-social electronic devices, quickly make new friends.

Yes, of course there are areas where we do manage to get away from our damned smartphones! Which is why naturism is such a breath of non-digital air.

It remains, at heart, an exceptionally social activity. Couples and families participate in it. And naturists, quite literally laid bare, have nothing to hide. They don’t do bulls***.
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Naturism: the sound of laughter and feeling truly alive.

This makes them open, honest and approachable. Social beings. They will strike up (language barrier permitting in a very international location like the one I’m sat in now) conversations with their neighbours, with people on the next sun bed, with people in the bar, with people in the swimming pool. I get this all the time, and it’s not because I’m young(ish) and female. The same people can and do strike up conversations with Mr. Keng as well, regardless of whether we go to the pool or beach as a couple or individually.

And because of this, we have ended up with a sizeable number of friends and acquaintances here. People we talk to.

While we might not know people who live just a few doors away from us at home, here we’ve got to know a good number of people very well. Others we’re only on nodding or ‘good morning’ basis with only because of the language barrier. I speak OK French & some Spanish, so with a bit of three languages, a bit of pointing and hand gestures and a bit of jumbled up conversations that begin in French, switch to Spanish and conclude in English, we get by! 🙂

Because of the open minded, open hearted nature of naturists (oh how some bits of society and the world could learn from those values!) those who are our friends will introduce us to their friends, who in turn become our friends too. I’ve not been lost for conversation here. I will head to the pool, and ‘good morning’ turns into a bit of conversation about the weather, and introductions are made. Next time we come out, those people remember our names, and we theirs.

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Naturism: a sociable lifestyle and a great way to make new and genuine friends.

Think about it. We spend a lot of time outdoors (don’t go into direct sunlight too long, though! Always factor up!) benefitting from the sun, in clean, fresh air. The heat diminishes the appetite, and we rapidly turn our attentions to healthier eating. We swim, we walk the beach, giving us pleasurable exercise. And we benefit from proper social interaction with others, looking through a window into their world, allowing them to peer into ours.

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Naturism: It’s all about meeting with and enjoying the company of others.

Earlier this week I have made a new Spanish female friend on the same urbanisation I use, and tomorrow, my last full naturist day of 2014 😦 , I’m meeting up with a friend of a friend, first time I’ll have met this chap in real life (although we’ve communicated quite often on a naturist forum we both use). Another week, another two friends who will remain friends, people I shall want to socialise with, when I get back here next year.

If that diminishing sense of sociability and real friends (not names on, say, Facebook) is something you yearn for, naturism is certainly a lifestyle you certainly want to consider getting involved in. Of course I’d recommend it! But if you’ve not tried it yet, it’s certainly something you want to start planning to get involved in in 2015.

And, do you know, those same values percolate from RL into SL and SL naturism? The open, friendly values of RL naturism are replicated in SL, with agendas and sexual tension being stripped away with the clothes. More on this in a subsequent posting.

Ella

Look of the day…look of the week (every day, every week)

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Every time I visit a naturist site, there’s a familiar look to couples who pass by, whether it’s on the beach or in a campsite. And that’s the fully nude male, pareo-clad female couple.

Ladies will throw on a pareo for the trip from an urbanisation (here) or their campsite (in France or Croatia, perhaps) to the beach or swimming pool. It’s not a ‘modesty’ thing. Often the breeze will catch a pareo and leave your private parts fully exposed, for example. And here in Spain, where it’s breezy most afternoons, you could just as readily be walking to the beach effectively ‘bottomless’ anyway.

Me? I do throw on a pareo from time to time.  There’s no hard and fast rules, it’s just whatever mood I happen to be in at a given time of day. Breakfast on the terrace might involve throwing a pareo around myself to offer a flimsy protection for the cool morning air.

I walked down to the beach bar for morning coffee earlier with it on, I walked back with it in my bag 🙂

Why do we naturist ladies do it? It’s that ‘hygiene’ thing, not sweating into a chair. When Mr. Keng is with me he’ll walk fully nude beside pareo-clad me, but I will have his pareo in my bag so he can use it to sit on.

Of course, as soon as any lady gets to the beach or swimming pool, it’s unconcernedly, confidently removed. But we still keep them around, and wear them, almost as part of a naturist ‘uniform’.

Ella

Is it weird?

‘Hey Ella’, an avatar IMs, ‘I love reading SLN’. Thanks, I love the fact that you love reading it.

‘I couldn’t help notice that you’re in Vera Playa this week. I’ve stayed there too and love the lifestyle but there’s one thing I find odd. And that’s at the weekend, when many Spanish people drive down to the beach for the afternoon and the it can be 2-3 males and a female, or the other way round. It makes me think a couple are involved and there’s maybe a couple of male friends who are getting to see your girlfriend naked, or the other way around. I’d be weirded out to think that my brother or best friend was seeing my girl ‘.

Hmmm…I don’t think it’s weird. First and foremost, you’re maybe sexualising a naturist situation thinking like that. You need to see it in a fuller naturist context. Remember: in situations where there’s naturist facilities, you grow up with that culture. You’ve maybe been visiting the beach from the age of 7 or 17 and public nudity has been a normal part of your life. And as such the naked body doesn’t hold the sexual focus it would have for someone growing up in a textile environment.

That’s not to say that you won’t become aroused in a sexual situation, you will, but naturism doesn’t equate to sex.

The chances are that you’ve visited the beach with your friends, a peer group, and have been nude on the beach for quite a long time. You may have grown up in a naturist family environment and seen your siblings naked for as long as you recall. And it’s all so normal and dull.

You don’t say whether you visited Vera with a girlfriend or wife, or if you socialised with anyone. But I imagine, in both instances, you did.

So…how did you feel about others looking at your girl/wife? I would think that you probably weren’t overly concerned or giving it any thought. So what difference do you think might exist where, if you’re local, you go to the beach with your brother and your girlfriend? Or your wife and your best friend?

No one will be looking at another person in a sense of sexual desire any more or less than they would on a textile beach. Simply because people are fully nude will not make one jot of difference to ‘sexual chemistry’.

I would imagine there will be those visit textile beaches this afternoon across the globe who are ‘ogling’ their brother or friend’s girl in her bikini, trying to imagine what lies underneath. Human nature being what it is, that is maybe the case in naturism too. But I’d be fairly confident that in 99% of naturist contexts, the parties involved don’t care and don’t notice.

trioShe has come to the naturist beach with her boyfriend and his brother. Does the naturism add or subtract from potential sexual attraction? No.

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Is the man on the left concerned that his brother and his best friend are seeing his wife nude?

In conclusion, I would say that no, it’s not ‘weird’ that a gender imbalance exists for groups of people choosing to visit the naturist beach, and not made ‘weird’ by familial or social links.

Ella

Look of the day…look of the week.

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Here I am at Su Casa, one of SLN’s office bases in SL. I’ve wandered away from our office at the lighthouse, and along the beach, to replicate my morning stroll/swim here in Spain.

I pretty much have a well-established routine regarding this. At this time of year 900am is when the sun’s up and warming up, so I’ll pop on a tank top -for reasons that will become clear momentarily.

When I get to the beach I can either take the tank top off and my flip flops and pop them down on the sand knowing it’ll be there when I come back for them 30-40 minutes later. I’m now only in the possession of the key I need to get back into the apartment, and that’s hung on a chain around my neck.

And so I’ll set off on my walk, covering the full length of Vera Playa’s naturist beach. Of course, if there’s any cloud around I tend to keep my tank top on, because if the sun slips behind a cloud early in the morning it can still feel a little chilly.

Once back to my clothes, or what there are of them, I then take my morning sea swim. Not so much a swim as a ‘float on my back’ session. The beach can be beautifully quiet at this time of the day. The odd dog walker, perhaps a couple or two, and then numerous people on their own, like me, who are utilising the beach for part of their daily fitness regime. Some walk, some jog. Me? I walk 🙂

Once out of the water, any breeze will make one shiver, and that’s why I use the tank top. It’s something I can pop on for a moment or two until I do begin to warm through. That process only takes a couple of minutes.

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It’s a magical time of the day.

What’s more, this tank top & bottomless look appears to be in vogue with women right now. And I stand by what I said about pubic hair earlier in the week. It’s slowly but surely coming back into vogue too! I spotted two women today who’d adopted that look, and some others earlier in the week as well.

Another part of my morning routine has also been to have morning coffee at the closest beach bar to me here. With sunshades erected, it doesn’t feel oppressively hot on my pale-ish skin, and it’s a delight to sit there watching people setting up on the beach for the day, and indulging in a favourite Vera Playa pastime, promenading the length of the beach, just as I’ve done at a more suitable, cooler time of day.

Ella