Belgian hermit embraces life of solitude
Stan Vanuytrecht has taken up his new job as a hermit at a 350-year-old Roman Catholic hermitage in Austria. 58 year old Stan was one of the seventy candidates from around the world who applied for the unpaid position. Saalfelden is one of Europe’s last hermitages. the Roman Catholic chapel has been around for 350 years and there is no running water or power in the 431sq ft hut. Vanuytrecht says he’s found all he could ever want. But he’s not expecting complete seclusion either as many people come up to enjoy views of the surrounding glacier. The hermit says he’s prepared for visitors and there is a small chapel for those who wish to confide in him in private.