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Odessa 2020

Odessa 2020

Ricky goes back to Odessa

March 2020

I have been told to come back to Odessa for my long awaited trial agains the Palladium and my presence was needed. This case was already more than 1 year in the making and I still haven’t received one penny from my stolen money which was over $ 1000. My hopes were really completely lost to getting my money back.

The road back to Ukraine was long as I had to take the buse from Egypt and fly from Israel to Romania. From Romania I took momento Bus to Moldova then hopped on a local bus to Odessa. This was the cheapest way I could get there for under $100 !

At the same time, the Coronoa Virus panic was getting so bad there was no way out of Ukraine. I did find some cool couchsurfers to come to the Odessa beach with me , which was a first time for them to explore naturism.

There are enormous opportunities to dance in Ukraine including nights and festivals.  The Ukrainians seem to love dancing late in the night.

The reason I love Odessa was for its beautiful beaches but were soon to be gone because of continued construction of private property along them which is really sad.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.

Israel 2020

Israel 2020

Ricky goes to Israel
Tel Aviv – Haifa – Eilat

January 2020

The weather in Haifa was getting to be depressing and I managed to work almost 2 months in a cute little Hostel called the Haifa Hostel. The owner Omer is always looking for volunteers and it has 2 floors but one floor still needs to be renovated.

The beaches were gold and clean but just a bit frisky.  The sun enable me to just bathe and go in the water to refresh.  Even though Israel does not have any designated nude beaches I managed to convince two hosts to try swimming naked in Israel for their first time which was really cool since the weather was perfect for swimming naturally !

You can read more about NATURISM or nudism HERE .

The time had come to leave the hostel and made the decision to move south since the weather was rainy almost every day and cold ! My desire for swimming was getting intense and I know the weather was warm and shiny in Eilat. Since I wanted to make it as fast as possible without arriving at night I paid the $20 CAN fee to take the train to Beer Shiva and then decided to try and hike all the way to Eilat. Already the weather was nice but difficult since it was all highway from there. I managed to talk to a driver but he gave me $20 NIS for free !!! He couldn’t speak English. I took the $20 and took a bus straight on the road all the way to the next stop that allowed me for another bus to Eilat. After realizing the cost of a bus was another $20 CAN I decided to hitchike all the way and a nice friendly Israeli let me hop in and drive me all the way to Eilat for free. It is quite easy to take a ride from the desert since it is extremely harsh and no one wants a dead hitchhiker on the roads !

 

Tel Aviv Ga’ash Haifa

December 2019

The weather in Limassol was getting a bit frisky at night so I decided to take a cheap $13 Euro flight to Israel. I had no choice to make a quick decision and keep warm since my clothes were not fit for the weather. I found any place I could sleep since my budget was getting extremely tight and was disappointed that no work was getting in like expected.
I arrived in Tel-Aviv that night and proceeded to enter the country but was prevented from entering until a border patrol agent asked me a few questions. This time I could not fail the test and I succeeded in getting my 3 month stay in the state of Israel.
I proceeded to enter the bus towards the nearest beach I could since anything I need for survival is available at the beach. My IPhone was fucking up on me ever since I got caught in a rain storm in Cyprus and got the phone wet. It was still working but it was a huge headache finding anything without the phone going crazy. I did eventually get to the beach a few hours after landing and found a place to rest before the sun came back up.

After a really exciting 2 days walking across Tel-Aviv up to Ga’ash I finally found my hostel that was looking for people to help them renovate a hostel in the city of Haifa.

Here are a few groups that organis latin nights in Israel The level is quite beginner everywhere and big lack of knowledge of basic fundatmental steps and I highly recommend to bring a partner since they only dance one dance if you are lucky.

Bachata Nation – Tel Aviv
Latino Mind – Haifa
Latino Beat – Haifaa

Cyprus 2019

Cyprus 2019

Ricky goes back to Cyprus
Paphos, Limassol, Nicosia, Famagusta

November 2019

The weather was just getting unbearaby cold in Romania so I took a cheap $35 flight right to Cyprus where you can swim and enjoy the scenery. Paphos has unique coastlines filled with volcanic rock and sea caves. Incredible natural scenery.
Dancing in Cyprus :
Omnia – every Friday night . Located old town Paphos
Bossa Nova – every Saturday night – Located 15 min. out of city center by car. Limassol. Great venue, free entrance !
Columbia Beach – every Thursday and Sunday. Nice venue, free entrance with drinks.

If you need any more info just go to facebook group LATIN DANCE FRIENDS CYPRUS. I haven’t danced in Nicosia since I was told it wasm’t recommended. In any case, the level is low in Cyprus, bring a dancing friend to keep you busy all night. Cyprus is a small island and people seem to dance mostly within their group of friends rather than asking outsiders for a dance. Don’t be shy to ask or you will find the night very long ! There are the few people Stevee Church, Maurizio Sergi of Italy and otherss who are really nice, friendly and great to dance with that I have met on my journey. I thank them for showing me the dance venues and certainly encourage them they are doing a great job of promoting latin dance !

As you can see from the picture Governor’s beach is nothing more than magnificent ! However, getting there is another story , it took me about 3 hours by foot which I would have never done in summer weather. I was very lucky to get a friendly cypriot who droe me right down to the beach area. Once I arrived I couldn,t resist to take the clothes off and start diving and swimming ! Be aware that nude swimming is ”illegal” in Cyprus , but only if someone makes a complaint so try to stay discreet and swim with not too many people around.

I was in Limassol for the end of my stay in Cyprus and I couldn’t resist to bathe naked in the wonderful area called Dasoudi Beach. They have a wonderful natural park with enough trees to keep your privacy along the beach. Don’t forget nudity is illegal in Cyrpus so always keep a suit close by if passers by might snitch and make a complaint. I even had a Cypriot give me the fist if ever he saw me nude. BE CAREFUL.

Pissouri Beach is the only beach which is permitted nudity but you need transporation to get there. I was lucky enough to get invited but they never sent me the pictures ! Its a nice beach but very small……Dasoudi is MUCH better and access to restaurants and cafés.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.

Ricky goes to Kos 2019

Ricky goes to Kos 2019

Ricky goes to Kos
October 2019

Kos was the perfect choice to visit after my long stay in Turkey. It was only a ferry ride away from the city of Bodrum. There was also a bachata festival which I really wanted to attend but to my surprise the events in Ukraine forced me to shorten my stay.

Watch my VIDEOS HERE !

Nothing short of paradise ! A beautiful natural beach 30 minutes by car from the city of Keflosa ! It is also a nudist beach so everthing is permitted. I made the challenge to walk although it takes 3 hours and I killed my feet

Kos Latin Dance Project – A latin dance organizer on the island of Kos. There are 2 cities that she has students with latin nights. You can also dance at a bar called Uniq every Friday night.

Kos is a Greek island and nudity on beaches is acceptable everywhere but not tolerated if there are families or children.  There are several designated beaches or if you find yourself with few people can take the chance to take your clothes off.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.

 

 

Ricky goes to Turkey 2019

Ricky goes to Turkey 2019

Ricky goes to Turkey
Istanbul , Antalya, Fethyie

July-September 2019

After 24 hours in Albania I couldn’t stand the smell or the attitude of the people there. I immediately took a bus that took me to Athens thereafter headed to Istanbul , Turkey !
My first night in Istanbul was amazing and had a beautiful bachata night at a known hangout called the 360 which is located on the 7th floor of a historical building in the heart of downtown.

Bachata Nights at 360 – A popular restaurant spot with terrace view of the the city on Wednesday nights. The night usually start late about 11 pm and ends at 1 am. It is worth just to go and see the beautiful view from the top !

Gran Pera – The most popular spot for latin dancing in Istanbul Fridays and Saturdays. There is a terrace view on the 6th floor which is attractive and nice view.
You can also choose your favorite room : Salsa , bachata or kizomba ! Although Kizomba has not caught on in Turkey yet….there you will only find 1 or 3 couples dancing.
After a week in Istanbul it was time to move on even though I hadn’t seen the famus historical landmarks everyone was talking about. The city smelled bad, the hostel was small and dirty. The hostel name was PAXX Hostel, I don’t recommend this hostel unless you can put up with moles and dirty washrooms. I had booked a week to regain my strenght as I had not slept in a bed in weeks.
On my way to the bus station there was a huge rain storm of which I was then forced to take a taxi instead of the bus. The bus ride to Antalya was 12 hours ! Upon arriving in Antalya I immediately felt the heat of the sun and nice warm weather. The bus station (otogar) was really far from the downtown core so I had to take a nice modern tram at the cost of $0.56 CAN ! From the downton core I proceeded to walk towards the nearest beach where I could find some internet and a small café to eat.
Antalya is incredibly beautiful with its trees, cliffs and Mediterranean Sea to cool you off from the hot sun. It is too bad that governement has put profit over nature since most beaches there are once again ripped from their natural state to be replaced by stone walkways and small trees that don’t reach 5 feet tall !

Latin Nights at Flamingo Beach – To find any latin night in Antalya you really have to search hard. Salsa, bachata dancing from 10pm to about 1 am. People in Antalya start late and finish early ! Every Wednesday night

Tudors Beach – The most popular spot for latin dancing in Antalya. About 100 or so dancers come for a night of salsa and bachata. No kizomba Again night starts at 10pm and ends 1 am on Friday nights !

Marmara Hotel – Latin dancing in Antalya on Saturday nights.

Naturism in Turkey

Note that Turkey is an Islamic country and public nudity is strickly forbidden even on beaches. However, there are many remote and secluded beaches you can take adavantage of.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.

 

Nature & dancing Croatia 2019

Nature & dancing Croatia 2019

Ricky goes to Croatia

Zagreb, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj

June- July 2019

One of my dreams for years was to participate in the Croatian Salsa Festival. I met some great people in Turkey and by a last second decision I found myself a close flight via Bratislova, Slovakia. Upon arriving in Bratislave my computer battery quit functioning and I rushed to find the closest computer repair store with no success. The people were, in my opinion, too preoccupied to help a lonely traveller. With some quick decision making and asking people how to get to the nearest bus station I immediately reserved a direct bus ride to Zagreb , Croatia.
Zagreb was nothing more than disapointing. I quickly took the next bus by FLIXBUS to Opatija where the Salsa Festival was taking place. To my disapointment, I only noticed that people working in this city were out for your money. I decided to get out !
Mošćenička Draga – A small town an hour car ride from Opatija. However, it happended that there was no bus service to transport me to the nearest town so I went by foot. The total distance walked was 14 km ! I was dead and exhausted from extreme heat. There is a small area for nude bathing if you walk a short distance from the city center . It’s amazing !
Be prepared for expensive meals since the businesses here will try to get all the money they can from tourists.
There is no dancing in Pula but the beautiful coastline and nude bathing is worth the trip to this beautiful little paradise
To get to Pula had to reserve an online ticket with a bus company for the price of 8 Euros. Seems like little but that is a big price difference when you compare an average bus ticket is about 2 or 3 Euros anywhere in Turkey.
The ride was well worth it I wanted to see one of the oldest monuments in Roman History still standing , the Pula Coliseum. To my surprise the Foo Fighters were in town to play there.

The road to Rovinj was just a short bus ride away from Pula and I was lucky to meet one of the organizers of the Sea Sun Salsa Festival Yannis. A great dancer and organizer of several salsa festivals.
My budget was quite tight after the events from Ukraine so I had to content myself with only one night of sensual. I was quite disapointed with the level of dancing so I decided to wait one more week for the next festival.
Instead, I explored the wonderful beaches of Rovinj, and boy was I surprised! You have to walk quite a distance though from the small city center to reach the nice beaches. Again, don’t’ be afraid to ”take it off” since croatians are very open to nudity.

Split & Markaska & Biokovo Mountains & Dubrovnik – The time to leave Rovinj was NOW. After an assault incident with a Croatian taxi driver and uncooperative police as well as rude employees at a restaurant I decided to LEAVE this crazy city or country as fast as I could.
I had to change my mind since I almost lost the only useful tool my laptop for working after the crazy taxi driver almost destroyed it.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.