Long-Distance Romance In a Pandemic

Joy and me in Colorado.

A sinking, frozen pit bloomed in my stomach when I realized I couldn’t reach Joy in the pandemic. She was on a beach somewhere in the Colombia boonies, a place that was only romantic in my mind. It had no texture. The closest I’d ever been to that country was watching the Gen X adventure movie Romancing the Stone — which was filmed in Huasca de Ocampo, Veracruz, and Utah — and hearing a friend of mine describe being offered…