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Apparently the end of the world as we know it is scheduled for December 21, 2012. The whole planet is said to be destroyed. All of it? No, an indomitable village of Gauls is believed to remain unscathed by Armageddon. Bugarach is now overrun with a “special” kind of tourist.

The mayor of tiny Bugarach, Jean-Pierre Delord, does not believe his ears. A group of very enthusiastic and eccentric travellers who believe the world will end in 2012 have also named this little French town (pop: 189 people) in the Aude region as one of the only places that will survive Armageddon.

Where did this idea come from? The peak of Bugarach. This seemingly small mountain rises 1230m above the village has been the legend of delirious talks since 2000. First it was called an “alien garage,” next it was the hiding spot of the Holy Grail… now it’s a sacred mountain that will outlive the end of the world.

Since the beginning of these esoteric rumours, the village of less than two hundred inhabitants have been dealing with tourists, coming from all over the world. The only tourist hotel is occupied 70% by esoteric travellers, some have even bought houses nearby.

The mayor of the town is nervous, alerting the national army to be on guard when 2012 comes around out of fear the town will be swallowed up by fevered tourists. In the meantime, locals remain annoyed at the processions, rituals performed on the side of the mountain and the hundreds of (sometimes naked) tourists meditating about in the landscape.

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