A pandemic-era virtual Valentine's Day for a couple divided

New York (AFP) – Zucchini, parsley, onions and a cocktail in hand: everything is set for the regular Sunday dinner Brandon and Mari have been holding over the past year. But more than 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) separate the lovers, who only see each other virtually, with one in New York and the other in Oslo. There will be no romantic Valentine’s Day celebration for this American cook and Norwegian therapist, who met at a New York concert in November 2019 — mere months before the pandemic shut down travel between their respective homes. Brandon Ballin, 45, and Mari Solberg, 41, had hoped …

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