bate the material by thumping dung into the skin or soaking the skin in a

solution of animal brains. They would also require cedar oil, alum, or tannin and
stretch the skin as it lost wetness and consumed the tanning agent. Left Over

leather would be turned into glue. Tanners would place scraps of hides in a vat
of water and allow them to deteriorate for months. The mixture would then be placed
over a fire to boil off the water to create hide paste.
My Personal Report
An article in todays New York Times
discusses the recently discovered differences between the human genome and
that of the Chimpanzee. The two, as all of US know (and some dont like to acknowledge),
are very similar. But somewhere down in that squirming, kinked helix we call our
DNA there lies a gene that stopped us from growing hair on our bodies, that led
to the invention of clothes, that made Ralph Lauren a billionaire. And some
people dont like that.
Some people, it appears, love being bare. Even when they travel. This place is
about them.
According to recent figures, nude travel is all the rage. And among the
mammalian multitudes whoo appreciate a lively wind betwixt their privates, is a
group who favors sailing the open ocean with nothing but shades and, well
OK, merely shades. Yes, I ‘m talking about nudie cruises. A firm called
Bare Necessities offers oceangoing adventures for people who like to enjoy their
persimmon sunsets sans clothes. Its not the prettiest sight one can envision,
but the concept does bring to mind hordes of light, doughy people frolicking
about the Lido Deck, margaritas in hand, as cool Pacific winds blow a hundred
flesh wind socks in exactly the same direction. Could nude travel be for you? Well,
that is between you and your God. But if you think it might be worth a try, the
company is offering in February 2006 a excursion aboard a 2,000 passenger ship that
will sail from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean. Another offers a 14 day
excursion through the Panama Canal, a trip which will surely make a lot of
mosquitoes quite happy.
Trippers Set Off on Nude Cruise
It is often charged as the
first naked tour of the Mediterranean, a week long cruise for 450 people with
the wearing of garments mostly elective and occasionally prohibited completely.
The first big-ship fkk cruise of the Mediterranean, on the 17,000-tonne
Flamenco, was hailed as the biggest nude occasion in these waters since Aphrodite
appeared in her birthday suit floating on a scallop shell.
The cruise left Barcelona on Monday with a passenger list made up mainly of
Spaniards, but with Britons the second-biggest group.
“It’s just like a normal cruise, but for people who like being bare,” a
spokeswoman for the Spanish organisers, Gheisa Tours, said yesterday.
While the crew would remain clothed, passengers would be obliged to dress simply
for dinner, she explained. Clothing of any sort will be prohibited from the sun deck
and swimming pool.
“They are going to have towels, of course, for reasons of hygiene,”
added. Garments will stay optional at all other times and in all other areas,
except during excursions on to dry land.
The nude cruisers will be taking in some of the sights of the Mediterranean. But
every stop also comprises an opportunity for passengers to take off their clothing
at a fresh location, be it a French hillside naturist club or a plage in Ibiza.
Additionally, passengers can do everything from risk to disco dance in whatever
state of undress they want.
Not everything, however, will be about attaining all-over tans or loving nude
frolics in the water.
A series of conferences with titles for example Nudism and Parallel Forms of
Discrimination will be available to those who take their nudity seriously.
Thirteen children were among those to have joined the cruise.
One couple were expected to be married today by the Flamenco’s captain, Joannis
Notarakis, though organisers did not say whether it would be a nude ceremony.
Strikingly beautiful with intense dark eyes, platinum blond hair, and great
curves, Sandy gestures expansively. She giggles. As she discusses, a whimsical grin
plays merrily across her face.
Sandy instantly lets me know she does not have the perfect body. “Overly fat,” she
says, with a whisper of a sigh, breaking into a big smile, “but it does not
matter. That’s what I enjoy about nude recreation. We are all identical. We all look
Likewise. No one person is any better than another.”
“I look for the sunlight to shine now that I’m a naturist,” Sandy says. “In fact, I can
Barely wait for it. I plan my weekends around whether the sun is beaming or
Outdoors (soaking in sunlight, playing shuffleboard, walking through the forest),
or inside (sharing a hot tub, eating a communal meal, conversing by the
fireside), time spent in nude recreation is naked children .
You’ll find everything you’re searching for in naked diversion — easiness,
camaraderie and socialization; a legal, secure and safe surroundings; a family
Feeling where you can go alone, with friends, with a partner, or with your