What were your New Year resolutions? Having now waded knee-deep into 2015, that fateful day when we awoke bleary eyed with a sore head, then scribbled down some idealistic ramblings because it was the 1st of Jan, is now a distant blur. Staying motivated to keep New Year resolutions can be hard, even with the best of intentions.
Shock. Horror. The sign on the hotel spa door reads FKK Bereich, next to a picture of a swimsuit with a big red cross through it. That can’t be right – something must have got lost in translation. Perhaps special sauna suits will be provided inside the changing room? No such luck.
Later in the steam room, I find myself sitting opposite a rather large, mature gentleman – naked, manhood fully exposed. Then comes another one. Apparently the towel-wrap isn’t highly thought of in Germany. After the initial shock, I find myself uncomfortable for other reasons. Are they giving me dirty looks because I’m wearing a swimming costume? Yes. It turns out in the German sauna penises are polite and swimming costumes are rude. Freikörperkultur (FKK) is a German movement which translates as Free Body Culture. It is based on a naturist approach to sports and community living and the joy of being nude without any relationship to sexuality. Continue reading