Icelanders baffled at the unwillingness of Americans to wash properly in public.
That’s the sign hanging by the entrance of most of the amazing geothermal pools in Iceland.
Then you enter the changing room and there it is again, this time with a few more exclamation points: Shower Naked!!!!!
“What is it with Americans, and why do they refuse to wash properly before entering public pools?” a local friend asks me.
“Why do they insist on showering in their swim suits? You can’t wash properly if you shower in a bathing suit, you know.”
I tried to explain that Americans tend to be modest — not to mention self-conscious — about nudity.
“A lot of American kids haven’t grown up seeing their parents walking around naked, let alone seeing other people naked, definitely not in public places. America hardly has any nudist beaches. And they don’t even show breasts on T.V.," I patiently say.
This shocked him, especially the part about American modesty.
A whole new meaning to don't cross over the line !
Europeans have a whole different concept of nudity than Americans, especially Northern Europeans. In my opinion, it is healthier. WE should not be ashamed of our bodies.
I agree but I think it's been ingrained in us as the shavng for armpits and legs for women which aren't of any importance in Europe...