Müggelsee

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Müggelsee is a big lake in the eastern part of Berlin, and in many ways it provides an alternative to Wannsee at the western boundary of the city: there is an organized and well-maintained sandy beach, large surface but shallow waters, possibilities for kayaking etc. The main beach is also paid, but unlike at Wannsee, the FKK (naturist) part of the beach is not only clothes-free but free of charge as well. Why anyone would want to go the neighboring beach where you have to pay the entrance fee and wear swimsuits is a mystery.

Facilities include a café, toilettes, tables for ping-pong, and a field for volleyball.

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We used the volleyball field not only for volleyball but for 2×2 badminton match as well. Later in the day, when the beach emptied, we also  tried to fly a kite.

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Although little wind was favorable for our badminton game, it wasn’t enough to lift our kite for long. On not-so-active options, you can choose to sunbathe sitting on a bench,

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lying on grass

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or sand.

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It’s also nice to go for a walk in the woods nearby.

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In case you wonder it it’s ok to walk around in the buff, this wooden statue holds the [positive] answer. Next time, we should try some wind-surfing too!

Tiergarten: perfect park for urban naturism

I’m finally updating information on Berlin, the most naturist-friendly city in my opinion, and I’ll start with its main park Tiergarten in the very centre of the city. Given the park’s central location, it is easy to get there from pretty much anywhere around, so you could even come there after work or on a lunch break for some relaxed sunbathing on one of a few known FKK meadows (Freikörperkultur translates as Free Body Culture) south of Straße des 17 Juni. In the first half of the day, you can also refresh in one of those “showers” from sprinklers on the lawns throughout the park,

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but one of the meadows has a proper shower installed.

The lawns of Tiergarten are perfect for frisbee, ball games, badminton and its new faster counterpart, speedminton. By the way, speedminton was invented in Berlin, so playing it in the centre of the city a la FKK sounds very authentic 😉

Joe and I used to play speedminton in Tiergarten pretty often, as you can see even rain wouldn’t stop us!

If you want to try something more ancient, how about naked oil wrestling? Tam and I certainly had fun reviving the Ancient Greek tradition.

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As I had very little experience in wrestling, it was more of a lesson for me from Tam, but the very slippery aspect of oil wrestling was new to him too.

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Given that it was olive oil, this exercise must have served as a nice skin rub too.

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Despite the oil, we still managed to grip each other,

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and each of us (but mostly me) got thrown on the grass too a few times.

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The latter was more difficult staying lower with knees on the ground in our final match.

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On another occasion, we wrestled two against one, but we certainly need more practice.

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Another activity that proved to be fun in Tiergarten was acro-yoga.

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We kicked off with some simple threesome poses.

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After my incident with getting a fine for doing acro-yoga naked in San Francisco, it felt very liberating to do the same thing in Berlin with even more people and not being worried of getting caught by police! We had fun, and our nakedness only enhanced it.

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Below is a good example of how good positioning that comes with experience lets even a much lighter ‘base’ person hold a heavier ‘flyer’.

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However, when the flyer is much lighter, even the arms may be enough to support the flyer.

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(Excuse our friend for clothes, but she didn’t feel like undressing at that moment.)

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Some of the poses did not only feel relaxing (for the flyer at least),

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but also provided opportunity to suntan those hard to reach places 😀

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Some poses may seem simple but are fun to maintain,

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and the next step is to learn to transition them into a totally different pose.

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Such dynamic exercises are much more challenging for the base,

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whereas the flyer should follow his directions and enjoy the ride

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until he ends up in yet another unusual but stable pose.

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This pose below serves as an excellent back and hip stretch for the flyer.

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Here are some standing acro-yoga poses, starting from simple

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to a more difficult balancing exercise.

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Standing on shoulders of another person is probably one of those things that seem scary and challenging primarily for ‘mental’ reasons,

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as the weight is the same as when you sit on the shoulders and the height isn’t that dangerous if you decide to jump off. I decided to avoid it though, due to my not fully recovered ankle.

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Sean and Tam made it look easy from the first time!

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Here is another pose that combines balancing and stretch (and transitioning into it is kind of scary).

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Once you’re in the pose, don’t forget to point your toes (if you’re the flyer)!

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We ended our session that time with the ultimate balancing exercise – two bodies maintained by one pair of arms!

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I hope this blogpost will inspire Berliners and visitors of the German capital to use their main urban park for naturist activities. We can only wish for anything like this in Central Park in New York, Hyde Park in London or pretty much anywhere else in the world!

 

Marathon

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In times when the Olympic torch has just been brought from Greece to London Olympics, it only makes more sense to post about one of my favorite places for camping, which bears the name of Marathon. That is where Persians attempted to invade Greece… and from where, allegedly, the courier ran all the way to Athens to tell the news of victory of the Greek army. This story, in turn, inspired the Marathon race! But I think not many people know that the beach where Persians once disembarked their warships is nowadays a perfect place for running. Given that even modern Greeks are quite easy with nudity and the beach is never crowded, you can run the way Ancient Greek athletes did – naked!

This is how this place looks from the plane:

Marathon is a little over 2-hour ride from buzzing Athens, but to get to the wilder part of the beach, you’ll have to walk from the bus station along the beach for more than an hour. (That is if you don’t have a car.) However, it is totally worth it. It’s a great weekend escape, and we often went there to camp overnight.

It’s easy to find a nice cozy spot for you tent.

So, there is not only a nice beach but also an old pine forest

with a pond

and numerous trails to wander around.

Scarcely growing old pines were perfect for hanging a hammock.

It was a lightweight variety, but still cozy enough to chill out, feeling the sea breeze all over body. I was learning Greek with a book, but not for too long as you can see…

Other “facilities” at the beach include a couple of metal platforms that are not in use anymore but are still stable and provide nice views over the beach.

But why stay on the beach all the time, if there is a forest next to it?

We were exploring whereabout of the ancient battleground in full tranquility and…

full nudity too 🙂

Haven’t I mentioned tranquility?

And of course we didn’t just walk and sit there. We also played beach bats during day,

and at night we tried a fast version of badminton, ‘Speedminton’, completed with glow sticks in the shuttlecocks. To see each other, we also decorated ourselves with glow sticks.

Then we also attached glow sticks to frisbee, which made it look like UFO in the night sky. Too bad our cameras couldn’t catch it, but it was quite a sight!

Another time, we ventured for a long run forth and back along the beach; wet sand was compact enough to run comfortably. Just a few patches have some colorful pebbles instead of sand.

If all that is not enough for your entertainment, there is also a bunch of friendly stray dogs that are happy to keep you company.