Sunday, June 9, 2013

Is that a naked man?!

"I think that man is naked" I said.
"He is," my travel companion replied, her eyes trying not to look in that direction, "but how does he dare? It is so cold".
"Maybe the garbage bin he's hiding behind is stopping the wind for him".

When I was daydreaming about my daytrip to the beach I wasn't planning to end up in a nudist beach. But that's already halfway through the story, so let's go back to the beginning.

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H and I were really excited about our day at the beach. It would be our first daytrip to the coast this year. The sun had been shining for over a week and it was really warm in the southern part of the Netherlands, so we were really looking forward to forgetting about work duties for a day and relaxing somewhere in the Dutch coast, to soaking up some sunrays and getting our feet into the cold waters of the North Sea. We met at midday in Eindhoven and took a train together to somewhere near the coast. During the trip we were discussing what to do next. H had heard of some lovely sand dunes nearby the beach we were heading to and I said that I had read about it in my guidebook of the Netherlands. It seemed that we had a winning plan. We would leave tacky buildings and touristy cafés behind, walk our way into the wilderness - if there's such thing in the Netherlands - and search for the wonders of Dutch natural landscapes.

It was very windy by the coast and not as warm as it was in the south, but the sun was shining brightly and the sea breeze was really invigorating. We were starving by the time we reached the beach and decided to have lunch before walking any further. There are many terraces offering fish snacks, meat dishes, hamburgers, pizzas ...you name it! We spotted a tiny bar catering typical Dutch fried snacks and enjoyed a delicious fish menu sitting on the sunshine. Ah, the good summer life, it can't hardly get any better than that. We were then ready to go.

After having checked the map we started walking northwards to a natural reserve just one Km away from the main beach. The sand was golden and really thin and big patches of the beach were covered by tiny shells. Walking was harder than expected, especially with such a heavy wind blowing against us. Suddenly H pointed alarmed to sign standing in front of us, 'Nudist beach'. Oh, my guidebook hadn't warned us against that. We didn't see anyone naked and assumed it was too cold to be sunbathing naked on the beach, so we went further. The dunes had just appeared in front of us when we saw him, the naked man. He was lying there without any clothes on and his head next to a garbage bin, as if trying to avoid the blowing wind.

Still laughing, we took up the path to the dunes. There was a second 'Nudist beach' sign and we assumed it marked the end of the nudist beach. The path was really pretty. Coastal vegetation and grass were now covering the sand dunes, the sea was waving on the left and the dunes seemed to go on and on to the right. Every now and then we would spot some other men walking and all of a sudden we spotted another man sanbathing naked among the grass. Slightly puzzled we went further, only to find more men laying naked on the sand, partially hidden by the vegetation. Some of them were alone, others in small groups, some were totally naked, other were still wearing their t-shirts, and not a single naked woman around. Eventually we gave up on the dunes, went back to the beach and returned to the starting point. Giggling all the way back, we decided it was about time to explore the overcrowded and touristy part of the beach.

Photos of this beautiful corner of the Netherlands will follow shortly - no naked man in sight. You might have noticed that I haven't mentioned yet where it is ... any guesses?

Have a lovely Sunday!

12 comments:

  1. Lol, that's a very catchy title. I can imagine you both laughing and giggling for such an unexpected find. :)

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    1. Oh by the way, it's amazing that you're cooking Indian cuisine. Can't wait to find out what you think when you watch the last episodes of GoT.

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    2. I'll let you know as soon as I'm done!
      I love Indian cuisine - actually, I like trying exotic and new flavours all the time :)

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  2. Hello, loved your blog!
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    1. Thanks! Feel free to follow if you like :)

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  3. oh my gawd! i think i would've turned beet red! hahaha what a sight to see. i would've said, MOVING ON! MOVING ON! hahaha
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    1. hahaha that was more or less the reaction :p

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  4. No se por que por tus palabras me estaba imaginando al tio gordo y desnudo de friends escondido detras del cubo de basura, jajaja.
    Por cierto si q has estrenado la playa pronto este año, me has ganado y todo, ya te has bañado?
    besito guapa y animo con el fin de master

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    1. Yo me estaba acordando de ese mismo momento de Friends jejeje
      No me bañé, hay que ser muy valiente para bañarse a estas latitudes! Ni siquiera metí los pies en el agua porque la orilla estaba llena de espuma ... un poco asquerosa!

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  5. vaya, vaya!! por el título del post pensé que nos ibas a enseñar algún desnudo pero gracias al frío no pudo ser,jejeje. Me alegro de que lo pasaras tan estupendamente en la playa y seguro que la próxima vez incluso te puedes bañar. Nos tenías que haber enseñado más fotos de la reserva natural.Bsinss, Irene:)

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    1. jejeje no, no. No creo que haya nunca ningún desnudo por este blog.
      Pensaba publicar fotos de la playa hoy pero se me ha cruzado otra idea de por medio, así que vendrán a finales de la semana - si los planes no vuelven a cambiar :)

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    2. Ya no me acordaba de esta historia,ajajja, qué bueno recordarla para volver a echar unas risas. Bss:)

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