1. Germany – nudity everywhere
I read the most hilarious thing about Germany and especially Munich last week. As it comes there are areas in Munich where you can enjoy the sun in nothing else but your birthday suit. The allowance had to be renewed lately so this topic caused a stirr in the international press.
According to Forbes around the continent, Germans have the reputation of being “nudist obsessive” as well as “tanning obsessive.” It’s no surprise that many nudist beaches around Europe are frequented mostly by Germans — as are saunas and Turkish baths, where it’s a safe assumption that the most comfortable naked body walking nearby belongs to a German. (source)
“For much of the population of Munich, it’s almost part of their DNA. Whenever the sun is out, you’ll find Münchner of all ages, shapes and sizes catching some rays as nature intended. (source)
One of the biggest anxieties is that according to The Atlantic Cities (source) one area is just around Marienplatz only 10 minutes from the city center!!!
So beware tourist of all ages, sizes and shapes. You better take your map really seriously when you visit Munich. If you only turn one corner wrong you will be faced with public nudity!!! Stripping down naked is the most common pastime in Munich. We even spend our lunch breaks naked and if only we could we would take the dress down Friday quite literally! Burn all the cloth because nudity is AWESOME!!!
Okay but no kidding here. Most Germans I know are not very prudish when it comes to being naked but neither me nor anybody I know feels comfortable to show everything in front of business partners, colleagues etc. And living near Munich and even with my University right next to the English Garden I can’t recall that I’ve ever seen someone naked there anywhere. When it comes to saunas it’s true. In most of them you are asked to being naked but you always can wrap up in a towel 😉
2. Cross Fit
So I just came back from my first Cross Fit Workout. I loved it! All the people in the gym were really nice, supportive and encouraging. It’s amazing how many different people come there to work out together. Women and men, super tones ones and newbies, slender and overweight people and they were all absolutely amazing. And a big plus is that it’s not at all as expensive as I had anticipated. It’s less than my normal gym (finally last month of unused membership) and the workouts times are very convenient for me. I can even go there before work. I really consider joining the gym. Now I just need to sort out a schedule that actually works for me! Yippy! I feel a rush of blood and endorphins 😉
3. Panic Attacks
Have you ever done anything/ started to do something/ committed to anything that caused you multiple and recurring panick attacks? Over the course of the next three weeks I have 12 workshops with my 12 mentee groups of which 6 groups are part of the study for my PhD. Only yesterday I realized that with this halftime feedback workshop half of the time of my study is over. This almost sent me over the edge. This means I have only 1,5 years left and then I am expected to hand in a 300 p. study with new and interesting scientific findings. Who the hell admitted me to do a PhD? Nothing ever in my life (besides maybe the question of having kids) send me through such an emotional roller coaster!
One day you feel like you owe the world, the next day you feel like the biggest fail in the world. One day you feel like kicking Milgrim’s and Zimbardo’s asses the next day you think that it must have been a cruel joke that they let you dumbass conduct such a study. At the moment it’s one of those panic days! Heeelp! It’s just so much to do that I don’t know where to start! I mean 300 pages! Seriously? Meeeee?????
Why is it always so damn hard to cut back on the sugar after let’s say Easter or Christmas? I indulge in a few chocolate eggs and then I feel like I can’t live without chocolate anymore. Not a single day is passing without me stuffing my face with my favorite drug in the world. I had no problem if my belly wouldn’t scream at me to stop. But I don’t. Luckily the easter sweets are almost gone. Though I am really bad at not eating chocolate I am really good at not buying it. The extra dark one would be possible maybe. After a week of going cold turkey!
5. Sex and Gender
I loved that little film. I am working in gender mainstreaming and I am not a hardliner (speaking of I am not a bra burner) and that little film really cracked me up. Sometimes humor is the best weapon against ignorance. And though I love the color pink my favorite color of all times is blue 😉
What’s your source of panic attacks?
Have you ever been chased to Munich by ugly naked guy?
Wish you a very happy Thursday and a fantastic weekend 🙂 And don’t forget to check out more witty randomness over there.