travelling reporter-photographer and language teacher living in Sweden and Poland
Öland, the second largest island of Sweden, is known to be a busy place. Especially during the summer. But at the beginning of May 2020, when travellers and governments alike were still much figuring things out about Corona, it was almost deserted. Avoiding social contact myself I maybe came across 30 people during my two days on the island, often on bigger distances. There were literally more cows on the road after dark one night than humans during the day. Holiday resorts were deserted like a war wiped out humanity, nature areas only had a handful of visitors, no foreigners at the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the southern part of the island and no crowding around the 400 distinctive mills on the island.