Every time I travel with the Deal Kids I learn something new- or in this case re-learn what I’ve forgotten. Here in Gran Canaria I’ve learned that taking American Kids to European Beaches might leave you with some explaining to do. Here’s a handy list so you don’t get caught by surprise with your own kids.
Kids and European Beaches: 6 Lessons Learned
- Europeans have a much higher tolerance for nudity in public than we do. Of course I knew there are nude beaches all over Europe. I even thought a few women might unstrap their bikinis in back at the hotel pool. Grandma al Fresco careening down a waterslide? Didn’t expect that!
- When I say public, I mean public. Besides the aforementioned kids’ waterpark we’ve seen nudity at the city beach, hotel pool and just about anywhere folks are catching some rays. I learned quickly NOT to say “don’t look over there” because the first thing anyone does is look over there, right?
- The women that go topless tend to be the women you don’t want to see topless. I’m referring to the “Magda” here. Deal Kid at 12 is still in the “Ewww” phase when seeing boobies as opposed to the “Heh Heh” you’d see from teenage boys. Even so, most of the nudity here gets filed under “things you can’t unsee” as opposed to Playboy.
- Swimming “trunks” show a lot of junk. Our resort is about 1/2 British and 1/2 German in population. I know immediately whether to say “Hello” or “Guten Tag” just by the shorts or lack thereof. Every time Deal Kid exits a locker room he regales me with the same story. “Some old man bent over to pick up his towel and showed me his package”.
- The San Tropez Tan lives on. While I slater the kids with SPF 50 the woman in the next chair is just as likely to be using baby oil.
- Don’t expect a lot of space at public beaches. The Deal Kids remarked on how crowded together the umbrellas and chair were at the local beach. While it will take more effort to find isolated spots, the main drag tends to be chockablock.
Have you had any awkwardness with your kids at European beaches?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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