As part of an experiment, a Spanish extreme athlete has emerged into the real world after spending 500 days alone in a cave.
Beatriz Flamini told reporters that she was out of touch with the world as we know it and have missed some major happenings including the war between Russia and Ukraine, and even the Covid pandemic which brought the entire world to a standstill.
“I’m still stuck on 21 November 2021. I don’t know anything about the world.”
While in the cave, she celebrated two birthdays, exercised, drew pictures and knitted woolly hats.
Flamini was under the watchful eyes of a group of researchers, speleologists, and psychologists. Although they monitored her, they never made contact with her.
The BBC reports that experts have been using her time in isolation to study the impact of social isolation and extreme temporary disorientation on people’s perception of time.
Immediately after she climbed out of the cave, the 50-year-old extreme athlete faced a bunch of reporters.
“I lose my balance, that’s why I’m being held. If you allow me to take a shower… I haven’t touched water for a year and a half… I’ll see you in a little while.”
According to Flamini’s team she has set a new world record for the longest time spent in a cave, but it is still to be confirmed by the Guinness World Records.
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