7.15.2009

The naked man of Barcelona

The first time I happened upon Barcelona's most naked and notorious resident, my more puritanical American sensibilities felt shocked. And because of his well-placed tatoos, mere illusions to articles of clothing, I almost didn't believe what I was seeing.

But there he was-- casually walking down Rambla without either a care in the world or a shred of clothing--the naked man of Barcelona.

"Gosh, you don't see that every day," I thought to myself.

But after a saw him again the next day in Port Vell, and again as a participant in a cycling event a week later in Eixample, I realized that city residents do see him --every last dangling bit-- if not every day, then at least every week.

Oh, I know you're curious, but this blog is only PG-rated. I wouldn't dare post a picture of him.

But for those of you not of faint heart, I dare you to see for yourself. With moderation set to off, Google the words "naked man Barcelona" and you will see post after post, picture after not-so-glorious picture.

Still, it's amazing how the mind adapts to it's surroundings and that which once shocked now barely registers. Just the other day I was with a guest giving a tour of Barcelona's most famous places when we came across the one sight my friend was not expecting. She let out a little shriek, while I kept walking without even so much as a glance. To me, he is now just any old naked guy, fellow resident, and a right of passage to every Barcelona newcomer.

10 comments:

A Touch of Dutch said...

Hysterical! And gross. I immediately thought about the famous Naked Cowboy in Times Square of New York City, but I am glad the 'Naked Cowboy' is wearing some underwear. Some things don't need to be seen ;-)

The Peach Tart said...

I did google him. Wow!

oreneta said...

I've never seen him!!!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the instructions on how to find him. Oh my!

AmyB said...

Gotta give the guy credit for riding a bike with his dangles so close to the spokes. YOWZA!!!

Going to do a google search right now. Hee!

kenju said...

This - I gotta see!! LOL

G in Berlin said...

I did look. Igh. Can't we have good looking naked guys wandering around if we have to have them? And ouch- those tattoed panties!

Connie said...

I'm not against people being naked for naked's sake... but for hygiene and comfort. I mean, ew! I can't imagine wanting to wander around a city (or anywhere outdoors) with sensitive bits exposed.

Dallas said...

I finally made it to Barcelona a few weeks ago and saw him! He was not impressed when my husband stood in front of him with his huge camera and snapped away, but we were very amused. :)

Diane Mandy said...

@Dallas - That is so funny! I wish you had contacted me while you were here!