Pandemic Love: Couples Who Found Romance in a Year of Tragedy

In October 2019, Ms. Saavedra, feeling sad and frustrated with dating, decided to join her friends on a trip to Dahab, an Egyptian coastal town known for diving. Ms. Saavedra said she was sitting alone near the water, reflecting on her troubles, when Mr. Ahmed suddenly appeared.

Like Ms. Saavedra’s friends, Mr. Ahmed had been diving nearby, and the two shared a taxi cab back to an area near her hotel and his dive center. On that ride, Mr. Ahmed started up a brief conversation — and when they ran into each other again in the same area the next day, he asked for her contact information.

“Since that day, we haven’t missed a day talking or chatting,” Mr. Ahmed said.

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