So they have nude beaches here. It doesnâ€™t work out exactly like you think. Itâ€™s not like a restaurant with a nude and non-nude section.
You go to the beach and hope for the best.
I was preparing myself for the experience by interviewing the missionaries here.
â€œDo you every get used to it? You know, does it ever just become part of the landscape, no big deal?â€
He looked at me funny. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s like you think it is. Itâ€™sâ€¦wellâ€¦I donâ€™t know if I can explain.â€
So with that cryptic advise, I plowed forward.
After 72 hoursâ€¦I now understand what he meant.
There is no way to explain without offending somebody. So I apologize in advance here.
I thought it would be easy to spot the nekkidness and just avoid it. Doesnâ€™t work that way. The first nude woman I saw was topless butâ€¦I didnâ€™t realize it was a woman. She looked like a he in a speedo with man-boobs.
Is that more insulting to the man or the woman? Not sure. Most of the men here wear speedos, walk funny, smoke, are hairless, and when they lay out on the beach, they cover their heads with a towel. They make American Metro-Sexuals look outright rugged and cowboyish.
The women were bikin bottoms, smoke, hairless, and cover their heads when they lay out.
Itâ€™s hard to tell the difference and if you stare too long to figure it out – it creates a scene.
Plus, there is another factor at work. There are some very large women here. And seeing them topless has created some images that need to be exorcised out of mind. I canâ€™t imagine the permanent damage they are doing to their children.
The women that you think would be nude are all in tasteful bikinis. Iâ€™ve seen one thong but by that point, I was so scared to look around because of the other scenarios, I didnâ€™t pay much attention.
I am picking up some Croatian though. â€œNaturistâ€ is the word for nudists. So if you see a sign that says â€œnatural beachâ€, it doesnâ€™t mean what you think.
Just thought youâ€™d like to know.