Tears ran down Eberhard’s cheeks. His face was red and sweaty.
Interrupted by heavy breathing, he screamed out fragments of sentences, “all this beauty,” “we would have all come back,” “we should have done like the Romanians did” and, later, “we should have killed them all.”
Eberhard was standing on a view point above the wide empty plain of the volcanic crater in La Réunion, an island in the Western Indian Ocean. The other tourists, initially unaware of his state, taking photos and exchanging smiles and kisses, became silent. They looked away. Eberhard shook his head. “How is it possible that someone had the right to prohibit someone else to see all this beauty?” he asked.
A close-up view of the intensity of tourism by David Picard, from his book, Emotion in Motion: Tourism, Affect and Transformation.