Beatriz Flamini, a Spanish extreme athlete who voluntarily cut herself off from the world by entering a cave in November 2021, recently emerged from her self-imposed exile after a record 500 days.
When the climber entered a remote cave in the Spanish region of Granada on November 21, 2021, the world was still in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic, Russia had not yet invaded Ukraine, and Elon Musk had not yet become the czar of Twitter, as she recalls Oddity Central.
Beatriz Flamini was 48 years old when she entered the cave, but she was 50 years old when she exited and had no idea what had happened in the outside world during the past 500 days. Although she had no contact with other human beings, Beatrice was carefully observed by a team of scientists, including psychologists and cavers, in what is believed to be the first experiment of its kind.
“I am still stuck in November 21, 2021. I don't know anything about the world. I've been silent for a year and a half, I haven't talked to anyone but myself,” I have been silent for a year and a half, I have not spoken to anyone but myself,” the extreme athlete told reporters as she emerged for the first time from the 70-meter deep cave.
What did Beatriz Flamini live during her confinement?
Living in total isolation for so long caused Beatriz Flamini to have “auditory hallucinations”, because “you are silent and the brain invents”, but the hardest thing she had to endure was an invasion of flies inside the cave, which left her covered in tiny insects.
Beatriz Flamini's team claims that her 500 days of complete isolation is a new world record, although Guinness has yet to confirm whether there is a category for time voluntarily spent alone in a cave. More importantly, it is hoped that the data collected from this unique experiment will be valuable for research on the impact of social isolation and extreme temporal disorientation on time perception.
Beatriz Flamini, who spent most of her time reading 60 books, exercising, drawing, and knitting woolen caps, had to be restrained after leaving the cave because her senses were just beginning to adjust to the outside world and she kept losing her balance. She said that at one point, after about two months, she stopped measuring time and estimated that she had been inside for “between 160 and 170 days” , not 500.
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