Image source The Germans take their spa culture pretty seriously. Of course, I have no right to be offended by any of this. Nonetheless, I felt a curious mix of intense awkwardness and a very real fear of losing myself in a childish fit of giggles at this whole experience. In fact, Germany has one of the largest spa cultures in all of Europe, with over 900 spas registered across the country. The men proudly swaggered around the complex, chests puffed, wagging their willies around for the world to see. They were pretty impressed with their immaculately groomed nether-regions, that was clear. Bathing suits were permitted in one section of the thermal pool area. Some of the women in my company chose not to venture out of this area for the remainder of the day. In the end, I was happy that I gave the German spa a go, even if I did stay within the vague proximity of my comfort zone in not stripping off. Think nude Swiss alpine hikers or sunbathing beach-going Scandinavians. I was determined to enjoy the spa in my own conservative way. Germans too are famously relaxed about public nudity and don’t immediately associate the naked body with sexuality, unlike many other cultures around the world. To be perfectly honest, the prospect of being naked amongst a whole group of strangers (let alone my co-workers! Having been brought up in a culture where nudity isn’t celebrated and the naked body is highly sexualised (which, actually, is far from a good thing) meant that I would feel exceedingly embarrassed being exposed to the world like that. I do have to admire the Germans for their relaxed, business as usual ways, even when completely exposed. I have never seen so many penises in my life, just swinging around nonchalantly.
Many Europeans, and particularly Germans, find it incredibly joyful to experience relaxing activities nude. " further establishes that women (especially ovulating / fertile women) favor men with heavy stubble.For our purposes, that means that some kind of stubble or light beard is the way to go.While we’re waiting for my boys’ hair to grow back for the photo op, When thinking about giving your son a haircut, do you: a) shudder at the thought of what it might look like if you did it yourself, b) reach for your scissors with a glint in your eye, c) reach for your phone to make an appointment for him, d) wish you knew more of what you were doing, so you weren’t just “winging” it (come to think of it, he kind of looks like he has wings when you’re done) Haircuts, even for boys, are expensive.As often as their hair grows, this adds up to some serious cash.