Quanatrining on a beach in Bora Bora or Maldives would have been a great story to tell but, sigh, let’s put that thought aside and focus on this travel blogger’s story who got the chance to isolate in one of the world’s most remote islands.
Polish blogger and YouTuber Eva zu Beck has spent the last two months on Yemen’s remote island of Socotra – a place with an ecosystem so unique that it’s often referred to as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean”.
She recalls she had a choice to either return to Europe or stay back in Socotra and for the travel blogger she is, she decided to go with the later. The best part? There is no Coronavirus in Socotra and the island is empty most of the time as no visitors are allowed.
“There is no Coronavirus in Socotra and since nobody new has arrived in the last week (the island has been shut off to new arrivals since I came), it seems like a much safer place to be than any European city, or international airport,” the YouTuber explained in an Instagram post. “So, I decided to stay. I am officially waiting out the pandemic on an isolated desert island. With no plans to leave.”
In the posts she shares on her Instagram, she tells how she has been relying on locals for shelter and fishing for food and enjoying her time on the island.
“There are no social distancing or lockdown measures on Socotra,” she tells CNN. “We are free to visit friends and move around as we please. It’s as if we’re in a parallel universe.”
She also revealed that locals in the region are a fan of Bollywood movies and have picked up broken Hindi from the movies.
“The girls know their Bollywood moves inside out, and they even sing along in (only slightly) broken Hindi. That’s an influence picked up from the TV, which runs on solar here,” she wrote. “One moment, it’s all Aishwarya Rai, and the next, they’re singing an old Socotri song and rocking gently to its rhythm.”