It always fascinates me how different cultures treat nudity. Germany is obviously more comfortable with nudity than America, as illustrated by SmartFunMan's First Nudist Experience below. Have you ever experienced a different culture where nudity is considered normal?
"The first time I went nude and became a nudist was when I was 17.
The summer between my Junior and Senior year of high school I participated in a foreign exchange program. I spent the summer living with a host family in Germany. It was two parents a 21 year old daughter who lived near her college, and 16 year old son. They showed me all of Germany Europe, etc., and it was great.
Two weeks into my stay I spent a Saturday with the parents, we had a day of hiking lunch and swimming at the lake. I saw the parents pack a bag so i packed my towels and trunks. We went hiking and all and later in the afternoon went to the lake. we went into the separate change rooms, and I noticed many men walking around naked and I figured it as nothing more than the fact that there was a shower room. I changed into my trunks in one of the stalls and had my towel ready then the dad walked with me carrying nothing but a towel, then I saw that 98% of the people in this lake were stark naked.
I tried not to make a big deal as not only the people there were naked but also the people whose home I was staying at. So kept cool eventually swam and tried my hardest to maintain eye contact as everyone was so casual. I was there for a good 3 hours that at the end I was actually a bit curious to try it, but didn't. As I wanted to try it it was time to leave.
I did built up the courage to shower afterwards but wasn't that big of a deal since it was just me and the dad since locker room was not as crowded as when we entered. But that was my first time naked in front of anyone else.
I was still awe struck on the ride back home, and the next evening we were having dinner and I built the courage to ask them about the nudity. Surprisingly they were open and honest and answered my questions and told me how nudity while swimming or sun bathing was normal throughout Germany.
After dinner I was going to do my laundry and after much thinking I used laundry as an excuse. I asked the parents that since I was doing laundry if it was alright to be nude so that I could wash all of my clothes completely. They told me without hesitation yes and that I should feel comfortable in their home as if it was my own.
I went down to the laundry and loaded my underwear in the washer. I undressed and put the rest of my clothes in the separate piles. I thought about it for a while - my heart was beating but eventually I removed my underwear and threw them in with the other underwear and started washing them. I did pace around the basement nude for a while before I finally just went back upstairs.
To my surprise the parents didn't make a big deal of it neither did the son and I went to bed nude. The next morning I woke up and walked to the kitchen and the daughter was there and all she did was say good morning. I spent my days at the house nude and the parents would too since they later told me that they always slept nude, and with me being nude they felt it was ok to not put on pajamas when they woke up.
Several times we went back to that same lake and i chose the no clothing option.
I spent the rest of my stay nude . . . my last night all five of us sat nude on the back patio . . . sipping coffee and talking about the summer. . . I have been a nudist ever since."