A scene from a sci-fi movie

It was true. We ended up surprise camping in a beautiful place. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the place unbeknownst to us, but that others ensured us would be great, was indeed a quite idyllic and beautiful town.

It’s beautiful
It’s idyllic

But something felt off.

Wherever we went there were crowds of unmasked tourists. It was a scene that I could only remember from a seemingly distant past. The numbers of covid-19 cases are now suddenly so low, and by now quite a proportion of the adult population vaccinated, that normality is on people’s minds. For any hotels and campsites, a negative test result was needed. We didn’t enter gastronomy, but from what we were told, negative tests were needed here too. It’s likely that most people here have been tested over the past two days. Test centers were open for free tests. All seems safe and regulated, and yet it felt like a scene from a sci-fi movie. This is somewhat ironic, because the past one and a half year also felt like something only seen in sci-fi movies.

It’s also an agoraphobe’s nightmare

Spending an afternoon strolling down tourist-filled streets gives me a huge sense of sensory overwhelm. My brain is on fire. I’m not used to having so many people around me anymore.

I don’t know.

I think it will take me a long time before I will ever feel again like normal.

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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