Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Stuck in Paradise

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

"A new guest will arrive tomorrow," the innkeeper said, sounding perplexed. "He's coming from San Jose," he added. Foreigners still can't enter the country, so we assumed that he's a local craving for a few days of sun, sea, and sand.

We were wrong. He turned out to be like me: stuck in paradise. He's a Pakistani who's been working for an IT company in Costa Rica for several months when the borders closed in mid-March. Like me, he's left without any means to go home. But instead of hunkering down in one place, he's wandering around the country while waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted. 

It is comforting to know that I'm not the only one; that there are others out there who are stranded, alone, and trying to keep it together as the world goes to shit. 

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