Australia’s Coronavirus Restrictions Strand Thousands Overseas

DARWIN, Australia — Alison Richards, a 38-year-old graphic designer, had been living in Britain for five years when she decided to move home to Australia. Then she got sick with Covid-19 and lost her job. “It was an awful experience,” said Ms. Richards, who spent six weeks without leaving her apartment, except for the night…

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How a Celebrity Fitness Trainer Who Has Gone Virtual Spends Sundays

Many gyms are open for business in New York, but the high-octane in-person group classes they are known for are not. Virtual exercise groups, however, are sweating it out in big numbers. For example, Akin Akman, a Nike master trainer, is drawing thousands of online students with his popular Aarmy workouts, which combine high-intensity cardio,…

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Brought Together by a ‘Team Effort’

Nearly four years ago, Lily Snyder (left) had agreed to be introduced to Marcela Sapone by a mutual friend who was sure they would hit it off. When three months had passed and Ms. Sapone had still not reached out, their mutual friend inquired about the delay. “I’m pretty focused on building a company from…

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Try, Try, Try, Try and Try Again

A perfect proposal — a romantic setting, a poetic attestation of love, a friend hiding in the brush to capture the whole thing on video — is the aspiration of many couples. But Michael Dietz, who traveled all the way to France with a ring that he had intended to present to Allison Kandel, found…

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Care for a Cup of Satanic Chamomile?

As the world’s second most popular beverage (after water), tea has no shortage of devotees. But in the Western world, the way it is marketed often seems intended to target kindly old ladies, taut wellness gurus and well-heeled gourmands (in the market for a coffee substitute, perhaps). The United States has a varied community of…

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They Had Big Plans for the Lockdown. This Is What Happened.

When New York shut down this spring, Joe Harmer set his sights on a hobby. He got a kayak. He bought a camera. He purchased a tablet-style computer on which to sketch. He even ordered a guitar. But as the pandemic drags into its seventh month, all of the items are basically gathering dust save…

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They Met, Collaborated and Fell in Love

In their mutual interest in doing good while also doing well, Gabriela Berrospi and Anthony Delgado fell in love. Mr. Delgado, 34, has the easygoing supportive spirit of a big brother, and the I-did-it-and-you-can-too unflappability of a true optimist. So Ms. Gabriela Berrospi, 30, was inspired when he described his entrepreneurial education effort in Puerto…

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Love at First Re-Meet

Plenty of ambitious professional couples endure a period of long-distance romance in their relationship, but Drs. Janelle Nassim and Eric Smuclovisky, who became a couple in 2016, began living in the same city for the first time in June. They were married on Sept. 9 in Maine, after years of seeing each other just every…

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Awaiting a Return to Israel, Hand in Hand

Tamar Elisheva Jonas, from the Bronx, and Elliot J. Shalom, from Brooklyn, each moved to Israel — she in 2015 and he in 2017 — and then met in May 2019 on a blind date in Tel Aviv. “The intention from the first date was it could potentially lead to marriage,” said Mr. Shalom, 25,…

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The Long Road to Fatherhood

When my son’s life was stuck in neutral last fall, I decided to take him on a cross-country road trip. I thought an adventure would give him new experiences and perspectives, open his mind to possibilities. Driving coast-to-coast helped change my own stalled life 30 years ago. There’s a reason stories of the road have…

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