In Madrid’s Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Society of Fine Arts, is very busy Tuesday night. On the ground floor, people flock to the Banksy exhibition “The Street is Canvas”, while lounge music can be heard from the speakers on the roof terrace; Locals, tourists and business travelers enjoy the sunset with drinks and tapas. Sars-CoV-2, this deadly virus, it seems far from here.
Just a year after Madrid was one of the global epicentres of the pandemic, with so many deaths that the city ice rink had to be used to store corpses, a breath of freedom wafts through the city. A freedom that even tourists are drawn to again, especially from France. How can that be? And what is the price for so much normalcy?