The consumer logic of tourism not only harms the environment – it also pushes us away from the real purpose of travel.
Plenty of room for pigeons in Barcelona’s Plaza de Catalunya Photo: Nacho Doce/reuters
A top theme of the pandemic season has been walks. And so it happened that walk scientist Bertram Weisshaar became a sought-after interviewee. Weisshaar’s latest book, "Einfach losgehen," talks about walking, straying, thinking, hiking. Weisshaar is passionate about reading landscapes the way other people read books, and you can only do that on foot. He considers finding one’s own paths in a thoroughly planned landscape to be art. For him, a walk under corona conditions is like "consciously taking time off".