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No swimsuits allowed: Getting steamy in Germany

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

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Sadhana Forest India: Reminiscing

This year kicked off with four weeks spent volunteering at Sadhana Forest India – a sustainable living and reforestation project. It’s nearly the end of another year and I find myself reminiscing.

It was December 2013 in London, grey and cold. After a bout of uninspiring circumstances on the job and relationship front I decided to leave London and spend some time with Mother Nature. I wanted to get back to my roots. I needed to plant some trees. After some online research I decided to volunteer at Sadhana Forest, a project set-up in 2003 by Aviram Rozin on the outskirts of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India. Sadhana Forest India has three main aims: the reforestation of 70 acres of severely degraded land with the indigenous TDEF (Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest); practicing water conservation techniques and providing environmental education to all.

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