? The world is beautiful – that is also true for the Caribbean.
In the Caribbean, our eyes were again fed to the brim with natural and artificial beauty. It made me remember a story of a few years back.
It was in Guinea. With a few friends, I had done an excursion to a place with a particularly nice view. As soon as we arrived, everybody in the group wanted to be the one to best express what a singularly beautiful scenery we saw.
Suddenly, I exploded:
”You know, the Bavarian Lakes are also quite nice“.
I meant the Königsee, the Ammersee and the Starnberger See.
Even today, my friends still teasingly remind me of this sentence.
However, I stick by it. I know no trip of mine where the beauty of this world did not fascinate me. That is true both for my bike-tours in Bavaria and Germany and for my trips through Africa and America.
There were always spectacular views. The same was true in Arctica. Every individual iceberg was a great view. And the Wedell-Lake shimmered spectacularly in the sun.
Even the industrial ruins of the Southern Georgia Whaling Industry presented themselves to me with great beauty.
In fact, even the view from our “high-rise ship” in the Dominican Republic onto the sinisterly but intensely steaming chimneys in the La Romana harbour were beautiful in a bizarre way. And the view from the skyscraper down to the slums of Mumbai, too, has its attraction.
There is one impression my soul ate up during my trips that particularly impressed me. It was when we crossed the Alpes by bike on a morning after staying overnight in the Heidelberger Hütte. But even here, I would not say that it was the best landscape ever in my life.
In this context, there is probably only BEAUTIFUL, not more beautiful or even most beautiful.
(Translated by EG)