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off as a normal, pleasant day. The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze
from the ocean. Since we did not have adequate transportation in
Finally, the driver stuck his head out and shouted “Don’t worry, I’m not a weirdo. I’m an American as well and you look like you need a ride.” I stopped and looked at him hesitantly. He noticed my apprehension and continued to talk.
“I’m not going to hurt you. I just noticed that you seem to walking towards Praia Mole and that’s where we’re going too.”
He pointed to a man sitting in the passenger side of the car. I looked at the other man and he waved and smiled at me.
“If it makes you feel better, you can hold on to my wallet and my cell phone as collateral that I’m not going to hurt you.” The driver replied. I looked at them once more, prayed to God I wasn’t making a huge mistake, and got in the car.
After making small talk, I found
out that the driver’s name was Diego and that he was from
We pulled up to a field like parking lot and got out. We grabbed our stuff and started walking. I was confused because it looked like we were going hiking instead of to the beach. I didn’t see any water or sand. I started to worry and asked what was going on. Diego responded that we had to walk to get to this special beach. I shrugged and followed. Finally we got to the beach and I saw a sight that I truly will not forget.
I looked up and saw a breathtaking view of the beach. The waves were rolling in and there were hills and cliffs next to the beach. This is beautiful! I thought to myself. Then, my thoughts were interrupted by a naked man walking in front of me. I looked to my left and there were two other people, a man and woman that were naked as well. Suddenly, I realized where I was.
“Are we at a nude beach?” I asked in disbelief.
“We sure are!” exclaimed Diego. After hearing that, I felt like I was going to pass out. I could not believe this.
“Hannah are you okay? You look a little pale,” said Alex. I nodded that I was okay and continued to follow them.
“You get used to it after a while.
It’s really not so bad. I kinda feel like I’m back in
I shook my head vehemently. “Diego, I work in a hospital and I’m comfortable with nudity, I guess I just didn’t think that ‘special’ beach meant nude.” I replied back.
“It’s very Brazilian though, you know,” said Diego. “They have this care free attitude about nudity. You don’t have to be a model like Gisele to be comfortable with your body.”
I thought about Diego’s words and I
started to recall some of the sights I had seen since I had been in
“I wonder how they can all be so comfortable with their bodies. Aren’t they self-conscience?” I asked Diego and Alex.
“Well we’re all humans and the
human body is something that is beautiful and marvelous,” replied Alex. “Here
Alex’s words sunk in with me and I started to mellow out. I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of my day with Diego, Alex and their friends. I had a great time and was thankful for the unique opportunity. I wouldn’t say that I’m a nude beach enthusiast now. However I can say that my adventure with Diego and Alex makes me understand and appreciate people who are secure and comfortable with their bodies.