D · 2019 Andreas Schlüter (FAZ): Self-experiment of hiking in the buff on a naturist educational trail
Andreas Schlüter, a reporter of the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), reports in a FAZ+ article about his first hiking in the buff:
"The first quarter of an hour is like a nightmare, from which there is no awakening, because it is not a dream, but simply the most embarrassing thing I have ever experienced. I stand stark naked, wearing only sneakers, on a small parking lot somewhere between the villages of Wesel and Wehlen in the Lüneburger Heide [en: Lüneburg Heath]. An early autumn sun shines mildly, and in the distance you can see purple flowering heather. At least, that's for sure."
This is the beginning of the article, which also reports on the long, naturist past of the Lüneburger Heide with the Lichtschulheim founded by the Lebensreform movement. But after all, the author returns to his current, personal situation and notes after an initially felt embarrassment:
"And suddenly, there are completely different sensations. There's the immediacy of sun and wind, even on parts of the body, which are otherwise hidden in the dark. One perceives every breeze of wind, just as one immediately registers every cloud pushing in front of the sun. […] And suddenly, there are completely different sensations. There's the immediacy of sun and wind, even on parts of the body, which are otherwise hidden in the dark. One perceives every breeze of wind, just as one immediately registers every cloud pushing in front of the sun. […] At some point, one also gets an idea of what must have made the Lebensreformer1 of the early twentieth century tick. This nudity in the open nature is – embarrassment or not – above all stunning. Something like a feeling of being content and even happy by hiking nude in the sun emerges."
Well, such beautiful feelings encourage you to try them out for yourself – at the next opportunity!
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