I Am One of the Canadians Stranded in Peru Due to COVID-19

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My favourite time of day is around 8 p.m., after the sun has already set but the air is still warm in Lima, Peru. This is when the clapping begins, first as a quiet patter, and soon as loud applause with cheers and sometimes music, as more people in the nearby apartments throw open windows and stand out on their balconies to salute those in essential services who have gone to work today. It is the only time of day we experience any real kind of social connection. It lasts for about ten minutes.

Four months ago, I quit my job as a magazine editor in Halifax to travel the world. It was something I had wanted to do since I finished university, but never had the money for. After years of saving, my boyfriend Luke and I finally decided the time was right to spend a few months exploring South America. We had travel insurance, vaccines, First-Aid kits, hiking boots and…

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