The times moves a bit too fast, and the summer is here. And it is hot, if my leather shorts hadn’t been just a bit too short I would have used it out in public. The heat was never a problem when I lived in northern Norway.
Summer means that the holidays are coming up. In a couple of weeks, I’ll go to London for a long weekend. As I’m going with family it will probably be low key. But I have to do some shopping, I want some new toys and tools.
Then it is strait to Oslo pride. It lasts for a week. SLM Oslo has several parties this week. I will miss the first party on Saturday 18th as I’m not back from London yet. But on Wednesday I’ll be ready for “Young fetish night”, it is a party with both a lower and upper age limit. Often a good place to let young guys test out their fetishes and also recruit new members to SLM. On Thursday, SLM is open to everyone, also females. I’m not sure if I will join them, as that is not quite my cup of tea. But Friday is the “Oslo Leather Pride” party, a must for every leather man in and around Oslo. The parade is in Saturday the 24th, and that is the last day of Oslo Pride. The closing party at SLM is a more usual Fetish night.
Then my vacation starts for real, three weeks of not working (yea, right…). Not much planed yet, except for towards the end of July, I’m heading for Berlin for the Statfest and the CSD Berlin, this has become a tradition. The only thing I’m certain of is that I’m going on “CSD auf der Spree”, river boats with queer people. I’m going on the Leather and Fetish boat of course. I will probably come back to what happens in Berlin when it is a bit closer to departure.
Rome is a beautiful city, with lots to see. Lots of hot (and not so hot) Italian men, but it is hard to find leather guys. Probably because the city is full of tourists. The gay area is really small, and might be said to be one street.
I visited the Alcova shop, it is probably the only fetish shop in Rome – at least the only one I found. It was about 50/50 for men and women, and had what you would expect of a fetish shop when it comes to clothing. I did not find that many toys, but did not ask. The price was a bit higher than other shops – As it often is if it is the only shop in town – so you probably have to search a bit for bargains.
The Coming Out bar/restaurant in Rome, right behind the Colosseum, is really worth a visit. They have good and cheap food. And the clientele was between 18 and 45, in every style – except no visible leather or other fetish guys.
Hangar is the oldest gay club in Rome, from the middle of the eighties. Outside it is the most anonymous club I have ever visited. You can see the entrance in the picture to the left. There is no other bars, restaurants or clubs in immediate vicinity, so the street is quiet. Inside the club it is surprisingly big, much because of the high ceiling. It was a quiet night, so the dance floor wasn’t in use, and most of the guys was just hanging around the bar.
They have a darkroom, it is completely dark so you can not see anything. Not my cup of tea. There is also a smoking area in the back. I liked the atmosphere of the club, and will return.
As I was just visiting for a couple of days I didn’t visit any of the cruising bars or saunas, maybe next time. And then hopefully at the same time as some fetish party.
I’m going back, so if there are something or somewhere you think I’ve missed or should visit feel free to let me know in the comment section below.
Norwegians are very polite, so if you wear leather in public people would not say anything to you. But if you don’t look like a someone who rides a bike you will get stares. It is unusual to wear fetish gear visible in public and frowned upon in proximity to children, except in the yearly pride parade and pride area. Public nudity is not allowed (except in nudist areas), so no bare butts or showing cock, not even in the parade. It is quite funny as nudity in it self is not a problem, the biggest park in Oslo is full of nude men and women. And the national public television station had a children’s program with a detailed description of the body and the workings of sex.
Oslo has a population of just about 650.000, so it is quite a small city compared to other capitals in the world. The gay and fetish community is proportionally sized. Even so there is an gay fetish club Scandinavian Leather Men and other fetish clubs as Cat People. But both these two are only open every other weekend.
There is several gay bars and clubs in Oslo, most of them in the area around Hotel Bristol – just one block from Oslo’s main street Karl Johan. Here you can find “Elsker” (“Lover” in Norwegian), So (A bar mainly for girls) and the London Pub. The latter has been there since 1979 and has become an gay institution. It is quite seldom that you will find guys in leather or other visible fetish gear in these bars, but it happens, and maybe more frequent. I would recommend to check the Norwegian gay dating site www.gaysir.no for information about parties and events. It is also a good place to get to know Norwegian guys before coming here.
A note on the people. Norwegians are known to keep them self to them self and not be the first to make contact. If you are in a bar or a club you will see people just hanging around the bar alone. Most will appreciate some small talk if not more. Oslo (or Norway as a whole) is known for One Night Stands, so you might have some fun.