Exhibitions in Paris, shopping in New York, lying on Spanish beaches and trekking in the Himalayas – the world tempts us to faraway places with a myriad of possibilities. But the dream is over. Beaches have become war zones, concert halls bunkers and cafés high security wings. Who is still interested in going there?
1 January, 2016, Jerusalem. Sibylle Berg is visiting family and friends. Outside on the street, she hears firecrackers being set off. But hold on – there are no firecrackers in Jerusalem on New Year’s Eve. Everyone is very nervous and the situation is tense. Screaming people come running down the street. Children cry. People duck and flee into the entrances of houses. Below the balcony, it’s not a party going on: it’s an attack. Sibylle Berg is well travelled and has written a great deal about it. But now the party’s over. Do we really want to go sightseeing in parts of the world where poverty and tourist sights exist side by side and bombs fly over our heads? Sibylle Berg describes the times of wanderlust: that beautiful, adventurous and romantic period. These days she feels like running away. But where to?