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News: Elderly Couple Meets at Germany-Denmark Border For Daily Coffee Dates During Coronavirus Lockdown

Hosted | March 30, 2020
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Not even a border-closing global pandemic will stop this couple from seeing each other regularly.

Every day, Inga Rasmussen, 85, and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen, 89, trek to a red-and-white fence that demarcates the border between Germany and Denmark. Inga brings a chair and sits on the Danish side. Karsten settles onto the German side. They open a packet of biscuits and pour each other cups of coffee.

Rasmussen and Hansen met by chance last year, and since March 13, 2019, they have spent every day together, according to DW. Hansen lives in Süderlügum, Germany and Rasmussen is from Gallehus, Denmark. The border towns are typically only a 20-minute drive away from each other.

But almost one year exactly after they met, it became impossible to continue their daily meetings as usual. Between March 14 and 16, both Demark and Germany closed their border crossings. Regardless, the couple was determined to see each other. They simply relocated their afternoon coffee plans to the border at Aventoft.

Despite the hard times, the couple hopes they can be together for Easter on April 12. They are making plans to travel together once the pandemic is through.

Source: Travel + Leisure / Image: DW

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