It’s all About the Birthday Suits

Happy Friday, Lieblings!
What a week! We were buried in work but I came out feeling like a rock star! w00t!

Anyway, I thought I would give you guys a little chuckle before the weekend:

As some of you may know, T and I joined a gym in our town several months back. We really like it: the equipment is great, the owner and trainers are cool, and it even has a sauna!

I had to learn very quickly that Germans are not like Americans when it comes to showering after a workout. They are not prudes. They were not raised to feel shame about the naked body (or even just a topless woman) or that to be naked is to immediately be sexualised. It’s just the human body.

Granted not all Americans think like this – but the vast majority do.

Hell, I always had a problem being naked in front of my own mother.

This had to change quickly cause because the women’s locker room is all about walking around in your birthday suit.

Even Dumbledor from Potter Puppet Pals knows it's Nakey Time (source)
Even Dumbledor from Potter Puppet Pals knows it’s Nakey Time (source)

I have actually learned to not make a big deal about not only being around naked women….but baring it all myself. I am quite proud of myself for this.  I feel that no one should feel ashamed of their bodies, especially at the gym.  As my college roommate (and a bestie) used to say, “We don’t go to the gym looking good.  We go to the gym so we look good when we are NOT in the gym.”

If that makes any sense at all.

Essentially, I have learned that just because I don’t have that Hollywood body that I should flaunt what my mother gave me.  Everyone else does here and no one cares.  That’s an awesome way to look at things.

But I still have the draw the line.

Remember when I mentioned that we have a sauna? It’s for both men and women…..and no clothes are allowed.

The last time I tried to go to the sauna, there were three other old naked men in there.  T took one look at me and asked, “You’re not going in, are you?”

I shook my head, “Hells to the no.  I will see you after the shower.”

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I applaud people who have no qualms with this set up.  But I don’t know if I could ever gather up the courage to be naked in a room full of naked men.

What about you guys? What are your thoughts about walking around in public in nothing but your birthday suit?

Have a wonderful weekend, ya’ll!

Bis Mittwoch!

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4 thoughts on “It’s all About the Birthday Suits

  1. My husband and I have gone to a fabulous spa in the Black Forest – twice – where the sauna area was several different rooms each with its own minerals and scents like lavendar, etc. and it was really nice! We walked around in our towels, but had to leave the towels on hooks outside each room and rinse off after each room. I admit it was totally awkward at first, but the rooms were darkish and steamy, and I convinced myself the other people couldn’t see much without their glasses. No one looked at anyone anyway (I sure didn’t). At a company where my husband did an internship years ago, groups of coworkers would go to a sauna together! Now THAT I could not do.

      1. It’s a wellness spa called Hotel Engel Obertal, in Baiersbronn. It is not inexpensive, but quite a treat! Their restaurant is top-notch as well.

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