As I stood there in Sossusvlei, surrounded by the stunning silence of the desert, I couldn't help but reflect on the strange state of the world. It was hard to believe that just a few months ago, this place would have been bustling with tourists from all over the globe. Now, the only sound was the soft rustling of the sand beneath our feet. My brother and I had come to here to escape the chaos and grief of our own personal tragedy. We had lost someone very close to us, and the weight of that loss had been almost unbearable. But here, in this peaceful place, we were finally able to take a breath and find some solace in the beauty around us. It was a strange feeling, being alone in a place that was usually so full of life. But there was also a certain kind of magic to it. We were able to appreciate the natural wonders of Sossusvlei in a way that was impossible with crowds of people around. We walked through the towering sand dunes, marveling at the way the light played across the curves and ridges. We watched as the sun set over the desert, painting the sky with hues of pink and orange. In this moment, it felt like the world had slowed down to a crawl. It was as if we were the only two people left on earth, wrapped in our own little bubble of silence and beauty. And for a brief moment, we were able to forget the fear and uncertainty that had gripped the world. We were just two brothers, lost in the wonder of nature, finding peace in the midst of chaos.