News from a ‘social distancing’ naturist. A week of working from home.

Coffee, nude on the balcony
Nude coffee on the balcony

Let me tell you that the last week (officially 1.5 weeks) has been an interesting one.

Working from home isn’t new for me, so that was easy to get adjusted to. Being able to grab a coffee and enjoy that naked outside is a new perk of this situation. I don’t do that all the time because we still have a very chilly spring, but in the afternoon this is definitely a very enjoyable possibility. Since I live on the fourth floor (fifth for American readers), I’m in a safe zone, away from other people, which is definitely good.

Laundry day
Laundry day, naturist style

Something else that I have found is laundry. Working from home means I don’t have to put on clothes. Which means the laundry basket is only filling up with towels and a few pairs of socks. Yes, laugh all you want but wearing socks means I don’t have cold feet.

And doing laundry naked is another good thing, although that’s not something new for me. Being a naturist, there is hardly another way unless it’s too cold to be naked. Let me add that I haven’t had the need to run a load of laundry since I started working from home. The few towels and socks don’t warrant starting the washing machine, which is a sign that naturism is good for the environment. No washing water, no detergent, no electricity needed for the machine or the tumble dryer (if you use such a contraption). Less wear of the clothes, so no need to replace those quicker either.

Work meeting
When I see the clothes, I shudder by now

A good thing too is that I don’t have to be dressed to join meetings. It’s simply a matter of not having the webcam on when I have to have a talk with a coworker or a customer. Who knows if the person on the other side is dressed or not. I honestly don’t care. We get the job done, and that’s what matters. I don’t need more proof that professionals can be naked and do their job; I’ve noticed that more than often in the past years. Clothes literally only add fabric, nothing more.

Perhaps you are new to working from home and it all feels a bit uncomfortable. I have found a link for you with a bunch of tips (32 of them!) that actually work. Because if you have to work from home, make sure you have the best setup you can manage.

And don’t forget: anything worth doing well is worth doing naked!

Cleaning windows, naturist style

Stay safe, everyone. Be naked, happy and responsible.

A good thing with a bad thing. The nude and the virus.

You’re most probably facing the same thing I am. The invitation of your (local) government to stay home as much as possible.

Yes. It’s annoying, depending on where you are. In many places of the world you’re simply forbidden to go outside unless there is a strict need, like grocery-shopping, medical attention, walking the dog, etc.

Here in the Netherlands it’s not that bad yet. We can still go outside for a breather. Groups are not allowed, and people have to stay 1.5 metres / 5 feet apart. I understand that.

Nude, coffee, sunshine

I’m making the best of it. Since there is no one in my home who complains about me not wearing clothes, I go nude as soon as the temperature is nice in the living room. (We’re having quite some night frost lately, which isn’t usual for March any more.)

And so I enjoy the morning sun, drink my coffee and do my work.

Yes, the restrictions that are in place aren’t the biggest joys ever, but doing it this way, it’s not a punishment for me.

It’s also interesting to notice that, for me, not very much changes in this pandemic virus situation. Of course, I don’t drive to work every day, which is different, but not being a very social person now has it’s benefits. I don’t have the need to meet many other people on a daily basis. Actually, meeting so many of them during a normal office day is very draining for me, so in a way this is a great relief! I’m fine with being alone – I’ve been doing that most of my life.

Working nude on the couch
Working on the couch. It’s a great experience, definitely when you can do it naked!

How are you coping with the lock down, if that’s applicable for you? Are you bored? Going crazy? Desperate to be around dozens of people, even from a distance?

I’m very curious how long all this will go on. China reports fewer cases and people can go out again. It took them 2 months of rigorous lock down. Let’s hope we can get through that with less strict rules, but we’ll see!

Have a good day, everyone, and stay naked if you can. Let your skin breathe.

A virus gets in the way of a vacation

Nude on roof Fuerteventura

This is me, this morning. Trying to catch a few of the early rays of the sun.

I’ve been on my vacation address since last week Friday. The first days were awesome, with nice weather and lots of plans for places to go.

And then… lockdown. We all know the problem. Covid-19, also known as the Corona virus.

That put a stop to all the fun. Spain went in lockdown, meaning no one is allowed to go outside any more, except for food, medical attention or when you have important work that needs to be done on the spot.

Yesterday we went out for food. It was great to be outside for a while, to walk around. A queue at the supermarket wasn’t a big surprise. People had to stay a metre (3 ft) apart. No more than 6 people were allowed inside the store at any moment. We had to wear plastic gloves. Some shelves were empty already (not the stuff we needed, luckily).

This is such an odd situation. So far it still looks like I can fly home again on Friday. That’s good. Let’s hope it stays good.

Take care, naked friends and acquaintances. Don’t overhype this virus, just be smart about it.

Nude art, the affordable way. For those who are interested in owning art.

Nude Art? Affordable? Doesn’t that sound good?

Part of “Vision de Faust”, as available on FineArtAmerica.

Yes. Today I want to focus on nude art for your (and my) home, but not the stuff that will require you to sell your house. Or mine.

We all know that art is an expensive game. Some pieces go for a mere $10.000, others for a LOT more. That’s out of most people’s range.

So how does affordable nude art work?

Basically it’s quite simple. The image above comes from FineArtAmerica. They have lots of replicas that aren’t insanely expensive. A basic print or poster starts at $16. Follow this link and see for yourself. You can also go crazy and order stationary of it, or even a beach towel.

Nude Girl Print

Maybe you’re more into this style, which I also found on FineArtAmerica. (Note that I don’t get commissions, it is just a site I found that has good stuff for very nice prices.)

There are loads of styles for nude art, probably too many to list here, so hop over to there if you feel like browsing of just to get an impression.

Another fine place for nude art is Saatchi.com.

Saatchi is where I bought one of my Susannah Martin prints, and I’m overjoyed with it.

Here is a sample of the art I found at Saatchi.

I have the feeling that Saatchi is more expensive than FineArtAmerica but the print I got from them is more than worth it. If you follow this blog or my twitter-feed, you have probably seen the name Susannah Martin quite often. She’s (in my opinion) an exceptional artist who creates amazing painting that are incredibly lifelike but has lots of fantastic/fantasy elements added to them.

Susannah Martin

You bet she deserves her own section in this post. I love the work of Susannah Martin.

Nude art
Butterfly, by Susanna Martin

Print of her work are more expensive (count on $60 to $100+). It might be because it’s Saatchi – they have high quality standards and expensive paper, but compared to original prices, that is still very acceptable, I think. If you want to own something special and you can afford it, then you get something amazing that looks fantastic.

Of course, there are many other places where you can find nude art, like 1stdibs.com, but I will leave the search for those other places to you.

If you read this far, you are probably interested, and as we all know, Google, Bing and Ecosia are our friends in finding interesting material.

Thank you for your interest. I hope you will find some wonderful art prints. It exists, and as you saw: you don’t have to sell your first-born for a good print.

Do you know the (perhaps) strangest nude job ever?

You might think that a person ironing clothes at a naturist resort has a strange job. Maybe you can come up with something that, for you, is even weirder.

Let me tell you about something I learnt a few days ago.

Henry 8

For this we have to go back to the times of Henry the Eighth in good old England, around 1520 CE.

In those days people loved to eat, and eat well, especially in the courts of the royals. That food had to be prepared.

A fine tradition for meat-eating England in those days was roasting animals on a spit. You all know the contraptions; close to a fire and turning the spit before one side is black and the other is raw.

Back in those days there were no electric motors, so turning the spit was something done by hand. And who could do that better than children?

Yes, no one was scared of child labour in the swinging 1600s, so kids were recruited to work in the kitchen, turning the spit. The positive thing was that they were off the street, warm and near food. The negative thing was that ‘warm’ was taken to extremes because the spit was very close to a fire and so was the spit-turning child.

Naked in the kitchen

Yes, very often the children would be naked in the kitchen for that very reason. If they wore something like a loin cloth, that was often too much already.

Maybe it is clear already that not every naked job is one to be envious of, because the spit was large, the chunks of meat on them too, so the work was very heavy. Also, because the meat slab was so huge, the roasting took upto 3 or even 4 hours to get done well. Imagine standing near a blazing fire for that long, constantly rotating a spit. As a child.

Nope, not a healthy thing.

Adding clothing to the mix

At one point this practice came to an end. No, the children weren’t relieved of this job; they did well. The problem was that, at some moment, someone from the court entered a kitchen and saw a naked child.

Being the good royal, this was reported to Henry 8, who then decreed that funds should be made available to clothe those children. Which made their situation even worse…

Historic references

This turnspit practice is referenced in several works:

The boy was taken into the King’s kitchen and made a turnspit. – “A Child’s History of England” by Charles Dickens

You’re nothing but a turnspit. – “Misalliance” by George Bernard Shaw

Naturist vacation in South America. Where to go?

What are good naturist vacation options in Latin America?

My girlfriend and I are looking at a naturist vacation far away. I understand that South America doesn’t sound very far away for people in the US. From Europe it’s quite a haul.

I’ve been looking around for Mexico but the options there seem to be quite limited. I found a place that’s super luxurious and costs an arm and a leg for a night. That’s not what we want.

Also it’s not what we can afford.

I had a look at the Dominican Republic as well. The only nudist hotel there that I found is Eden Bay. There are many references to it online, e.g. on TripAdvisor, but their website is either down or broken – I can’t get to it. Does anyone have experiences with Eden Bay? Is it still operational even? (Since their website doesn’t work…)

Through naturist-resort.com I found 3 options. 2 no longer have a working website. Only Caribbean Nature on St Martin looks operational, and that seems to be a nice place.

Naked Crow 3 - Nagual

I’m genuinely surprised that the number of naturist vacation options in South America is so limited. Either that, or they do their best to stay hidden and under the radar.

It really makes me wish that the resort from Naked Crow 3 had really been built.

So yes, this is not your regular blog post. This is a call-out to people who have been to decent naturist resorts or hotels in Latin America. I would love to hear from you. Where were you, what were your experiences, what do you recommend and what is totally a place to stay away from? A big, nude thank you from me and my girlfriend!

And so I found myself thinking about fairies

Fairies? Yes. Fairies.

Human-style fairy

Why that?

Well, it’s that writer brain acting up again. I know, it can be a nuisance, popping up at the most inappropriate times hahaha.

But I really thought about them. What are they? From where do they come? And, you probably wonder, what does this have to do with naturism? Well, hang in there, dear reader. We’ll get to that.

So. What are fairies?

A fairy is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural. Myths and stories about fairies do not have a single origin, but are rather a collection of folk beliefs from disparate sources. Wikipedia

I was immediately drawn to the words ‘supernatural’ (a manifestation or event attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature) and ‘preternatural’ (beyond what is normal or natural).

Okay. Nature is definitely a part of it. And I think you may get where I am going here. Suppose fairies were real and not thought up by humans. What would they look like? Hint: the one above is clearly according to ‘the rules’. She wears a dress. A very human dress, which is idiotic for a non-human creature. For me all living creatures come from nature, so fairies would come from nature too. A part of nature science doesn’t understand.

Natural fairies

Wouldn’t this fairy be much more ‘natural’?

Natural fairy

I would like to think so. Just like humans, dogs, horses and other creatures from nature, they would start off naked. Would they need clothes like humans do? Perhaps. But since they are considered super- or preternatural, they might be beyond such things (and yes, I do envy them for that, even when this is all hypothetical).

Humans started covering their body for warmth, but humans are not supernatural, no matter how many of us think we are. So why would fairies need that same kind of covering?

Unfortunately, fairies are thought up by dressed humans, which is why most of them are depicted like dressed humans.

Still, my writer’s mind insists on naked ones. Since they are from nature. And that’s where you also often find naturists.

2020. A new year. A new nudity?

Year. Where time flies.

January 1st, 2020. Almost exactly 7 years ago I started this blog/website/internet thing. I had no idea what I was getting into. Now I do and I’m glad I got zjuzdme.org off the ground, in the air, out there, whatever you want to call it.

I am happy and proud that this site provides some services to so many naturists, nudists, naked enthusiasts and nude-curious people every day (seriously, every day!).

Being naked as much as possible, preferably in nature, has been my way of life for many years. Let me make that decades. When I found out I wasn’t weird but one of many who enjoyed that too, I was so freakin’ relieved, you can’t imagine. Well, maybe you can. Maybe you were in the very same boat at one time.

Charco del Palo, nude in the street
Charco del Palo

A lot has happened since 2013 when this site started. I visited Charco del Palo on Lanzarote several times, where I took long nude walks along the beach and in the mountains close to the town.

Stunning to be able to do that and I am more and more of a mind that this should be possible anywhere. Too bad that it takes so long for society to understand the benefits of nude living.

I hope sincerly that I can serve up more interesting things for you in this new year, dear visitors of the site.

Let me thank you for being here, for reading and commenting. It means a lot to me.

Happy new year.

The beauty-dogma

What? What is a beauty-dogma?

In this post I want to lay out a few thoughts I suddenly had about the reason that so many people stick their clothes, even when deep inside they know better.

For instance: imagine it’s a hot summer’s day. The the only logical thing to do is take off your clothes. And folks still need to wear something, no matter how flimsy. There is this need, this weird mental obligation to cover up.

I suddenly realised it’s not only because people are afraid of being naked. It’s also because of their inbred body-shame issues. Even people who don’t look bad according to these disgusting, modern beauty-standards, suffer from this same thing. I am convinced of that. TV and ads convince everyone they never look good enough. That is the beauty-dogma for me.

And so they cover up.

The people you see at a nude beach…

Did you ever hear or read this one?

The people you see at a nude beach are not the people you want to see at a nude beach.

That is one of the problems with the beauty-dogma. Everyone who tries so hard to look so beautiful expects everyone else to look so beautiful as well. The brainwash has taken full occupancy of their mind in that respect. And so these people are against nudity because…

Naked people nude beach
Skinny dippers in Ireland.

…not everyone at a nude beach is ‘beautiful’. (Again, according to the impossible beauty-standards of today.)

I think it’s partly because of that beauty-dogma that many people refuse to be sensible about clothes and heat. And it goes even so far that they will do what they can to embellish their outside with clothes, because vanity rules in many ways. Combine something powerful like that with body-shame and other influences like religion and peer pressure, and I think the picture is coming together quite nicely…

Paul nude outside

Stay naked.

Stay happy.

Remain yourself.

The truth lies just beneath the skin…

Daylight savings time.

You may be surprised but I sometimes think about non-naturist things. Feel free to skip this post if you’re not interested.

I hate daylight savings time.

Each time the ungalactic overlords start messing with the clock, I have problems for at least a week, and that can stretch up to 2 weeks. People who don’t feel that problem often shrug that off with the statement “You simply sleep a bit less/longer and that’s it.” If you are one of those, you’re a lucky person.

Here in the Netherlands, a majority is against DST or Summertime as it’s called here. Last Sunday I read a Slashdot article that 70% of Americans are against it. It’s not up to me to say it’s true but it would not surprise me.

Time warping should be left to experts like Dr Who, or the people who invented the Time Tunnel (who remembers that series?)

The Time Tunnel

Moving back and forth can’t be healthy

Here in the Netherlands we move back a week before the US of A does. I am still not back on schedule, which stinks as I have a job. More people I know complain about it.

Also, I doubt this is healthy and the way things should be. We’re still natural beings (‘naturist’ says so much, right? Tell me if I’m wrong) so we should adjust to nature, not adjust nature to us. We’re already doing that in too many ways.

Human health is too much under the table for the benefit of the economy. Let’s at least get rid of this one.