Ova priča nas seli u Portugaliju, u mesto 20 kilometara udaljeno od Lisabona – Costa da Caparica (čita se: Kosta da Kaparika) i predivnog hotela Caparica Mar, koji se nalaze na obali Severnoatlanskog okeana, otvorenog dela regije Caparica južno od Lisabona ili Lišboa, kako za zovu Portugalci. Tamo se krajem 2018. godine dešavao Svetski kongres INF-FNI Međunarodne naturističke federacije, glamurozni događaj koji se dešava svake druge godine i okuplja učesnike iz celog sveta, mesto gde se vidi koliko je prisustvo INF-FNI jako na celoj zemaljskoj kugli.
Priča o ovo dvoje prijatelja se dešava na Svetskom kongresu, ali je zapravo započela mnogo ranije. Sendi iz Mumbaija je uvek hteo da zna mnogo više o naturizmu nego što mu je bilo dostupno, a onda smo se upoznali preko interneta i ja sam postala njegov vodič i savetnik. Puno vremena smo proveli u razgovorima i u jednom od njih sam ga pozvala da dođe u Lisabon gde bismo se konačno upoznali, i gde će biti prisutan ceo vrh svetskog naturizma.
Nakon sjajnog višednevnog druženja Sandi je morao da ide, ali smo pre toga došli na ideju da zajedno napišemo tekst o tome. Napravili smo par fotografija sa pogledom na nepregledne peščane plaže Portugalije i savršene prizore pored okeana. Napisala sam par uvodnih rečenica koje su sugerisale o čemu bi pisao, on je potom napisao srž teksta, nakon čega sam sve spojila i uredila da zvuči kao bajka, što i jeste bila… Tekst je objavljen u časopisu Focus koji INF-FNI Međunarodna naturistička federacija objavljuje dvomesečno.
Not Only in Fairy Tales
Once upon a time in a faraway land people call India lived a very good man. He was kind, gentle, smart, educated, curious. He had a good job and he was blessed with wonderful family. He was always taking care of others and taking life as it was coming to him. But, deep down inside he had a feeling that life is going to offer him more than what he has already achieved. He always knew that something was waiting for him to discover, to unveil, to experience… He needed to uncover what will it be and started with looking at inner-self, understanding his own strength and weaknesses and started self-evaluating in finding his own personal space and peace he needed. We shall call him Mr. S.
All his life Mr. S. was feeling closeness with the nature and one day he came across with a story of Adam and Eve who lived in harmony with it. After doing more research, he realized that it is very important to accept yourself “as is” and live in harmony with nature as God has created us by his own will, so we would need to remove artificial barriers (liberate from clothes) to get to know real truth of our inner self.
With advancement of social media, he managed to get some knowledge about naturism, but for him this wasn’t enough. Then, one day Mr. S. met a lady from Serbia (Fairy), who was nice, humble, and generous to mentor him on his journey to the world called Naturism.
Mr. S. had lots of apprehensions and questions, but she was quite considerate and very much focused in guiding him to a new world (Naturism). Two years have passed. The two were in touch and exchanged lots of thoughts on Naturism when one day Fairy informed him about the important event – INF-FNI World Congress happening in Lisbon, Portugal, where people from all over the world will meet and take forward a common objective of living in harmony with nature, clothes free.
After lots of deliberation Mr. S. decided to embrace this chance and started preparations for his travel to Lisbon. Apart from applying with the organizer INF-FNI International Naturist Federation and getting his hotel reservations, his next move was to travel 1200 kilometers from Mumbai to Goa and back in order to attend an interview at Portuguese Consulate and get visa for visiting Portugal. Finally, he travelled from Mumbai to Lisbon and back more than 18.000 kilometers to meet this new world. At the Congress everyone treated him with respect and care and he never, even for a moment, felt that he is new to world of naturism. For his delight, he was warmly welcomed in many ways – he was offered comfortable accommodation and vegan food that he cherished, but the most important that he was offered were friendly smiles on the faces of the people that he was meeting along the way. Mr. S. was offered knowledge, acceptance and human understanding.
In there Mr. S. met top of the top in world naturism – from presidents and officials of the federations all the way to the Board of INF-FNI and the President herself, he found out all he wanted to know about naturism and, at the end he felt on his own skin what are we all talking about, first hand. He even met “Naked Wonderings”, a Belgium couple that took their own journey long time ago to meet new destinations of naturism and tell stories about magical places and people from all over the world.
Mr. S. left Lisbon with lots of new insights, great memories, a whole lot of friends and self-confidence he was searching for, followed with the motto – Not Only In Fairy Tales Dreams Can Come True. If there is a will, there is a way – and in this case Mr. S. possessed both the will and the determination to persuade his dream. The rest is history.
Written and experienced by
Mr. S. & Tanya
Photos by Tanya