Aventoft (dpa) - Love and friendship have no limits and no age restrictions. Even at the age of 89 and 85, Karsten Tüchsen Hansen and Inga Rasmussen want to see each other every day.
The problem: Hansen lives in Süderlügum in North Frisia, Rasmussen in the Danish town of Gallehus. And the border between Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark has been largely closed for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the new corona virus. But only making calls is not enough for the elderly. So since then they have met every day at the closed Aventoft border crossing.
The 89-year-old Hansen drives his e-bike from Süderlügum to the afternoon meetings. Rasmussen arrives at the border crossing with her car, which is halfway between the two places of residence. Directly at the red and white barrier, they sit on their side of the border on chairs they have brought with them. Rasmussen has a thermos with coffee, Hansen one with hot water and a bottle of “Geele Köm” - a spirits specialty popular in the region. The senior mixes water punch as he calls it. "We usually drink it together in the evening, but that's not possible now." They toast themselves with their cups. "Cheers to love," says Hansen.
Sometimes they meet at noon. Then they eat the food that Rasmussen has cooked for themselves and their friend. And so far the weather has also played a part in the meetings. The two seniors keep the minimum distance at their meetings. There are currently no kisses, even a hug or a handshake, as Hansen says.
Two years ago, Hansen and Rasmussen met for the first time and purely by accident - and everything happened very quickly. Both have been widowed at the time of getting to know each other, as they report. They started talking and Hansen presented Rasmussen with a bouquet of flowers that he actually had with him for another woman, he explains. On the same day, at his invitation, she drove to Süderlügum with him. He invited her to a party the next day. She dressed up and came. "I was even more in love there," says Hansen. Since then, until March 13 this year, the two of them spend every day and every night together. "I'm usually always with Karsten," says Rasmussen. She slept there and then drove home and later to Karsten.
On March 14, Denmark largely closed the border with Schleswig-Holstein in the wake of the Corona crisis. Germany follows two days later. Since then, the two seniors can no longer be together as usual. "It is sad, but we cannot change it," says Rasmussen. They have been on the phone a lot since then and at least saw each other at their meetings. But the time in between is long when you're alone, says Rasmussen. The elderly hopes that they may visit again after Easter.
And the seniors also have plans for the distant future. If the restrictions due to Sars-Cov-2 are lifted, they would like to travel again. They have already made ship trips on the Danube, the Moselle and the Rhine twice. They would like to go on such a trip again. And Hansen's 90th birthday in early March 2021 is also to be celebrated - together, of course.