Outside of Amsterdam, in the little town of Ilp
(I L P) is a thermal outdoor sauna that looks ordinary on the outside.
It's actually exclusively Dutch and local.
And completely nude.
Clothing is not only not optional - but completely not allowed.
Unless you bring your own towels and bathrobes, you'll have to rent
their white cotton ones.
There is only one big changing room - for men and women both to share.
Downstairs, indoors, you find a heated swimming pool, a sauna, a rosemary
herbal bath, a steam room, and a jacuzzi.
Outdoors, you see a deep cold tub for the sauna goers to jump into.
Also: a hot jacuzzi big enough for four couples, two saunas with glass
facing outwards, two swimming pools, and an outside area for people to
Waiters in uniform walk around serving beer, drinks, and snacks. All
is charged to your name.
Swimming naked brings a new sensation - not unlike skinny dipping in
a fresh water lake in Bali so many years ago. After all the freedom of
splashing around in the nude, it's hard to return to the familiar world
of male/female separation and worst of all, clothes.
26 May 2001
taken after the sauna experience, just outside the colony.