Tourists aren’t so bad – just ask Roberto the Dubrovnik guide | The Guardian

What’s worse than a noisy, overcrowded city? A city emptied by coronavirusI’ve always been snooty about mass tourism while, naturally, often partaking in it. I write this in the tiny walled Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Getting here was a dispiriting business. Heathrow felt unsettlingly odd: eerily empty, yet too busy. Walking in there, I donned a mask and didn’t remove it until I left the terminal building at Dubrovnik, only to be asked by the taxi driver to put it back on when I got into his cab.The entrance to the restaurant in the hotel resembles scenes from MASH, when the doctors scramble to be ready for incoming wounded. Masks and latex gloves are hurriedly donned so we can be cleared to commence the dissection of the breakfast buffet. Continue reading…

What’s worse than a noisy, overcrowded city? A city emptied by coronavirus

I’ve always been snooty about mass tourism while, naturally, often partaking in it. I write this in the tiny walled Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Getting here was a dispiriting business. Heathrow felt unsettlingly odd: eerily empty, yet too busy. Walking in there, I donned a mask and didn’t remove it until I left the terminal building at Dubrovnik, only to be asked by the taxi driver to put it back on when I got into his cab.

The entrance to the restaurant in the hotel resembles scenes from MASH, when the doctors scramble to be ready for incoming wounded. Masks and latex gloves are hurriedly donned so we can be cleared to commence the dissection of the breakfast buffet.

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