Pandemic Dating Diaries

But it wasn’t what you think it was

Two people sitting on a picnic blanket in a large white circle in a socially distanced park.
Two people sitting on a picnic blanket in a large white circle in a socially distanced park.
Illustration: Randi Pace

The Pandemic Dating Diaries is a TBI series that features moments in love, dating, and sex during Covid-19 directly from our readers. Have a story you’d like to submit? Email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

I was on a dating sabbatical when the pandemic hit. I had just come off of a casual relationship with a guy who had bad tattoos, no duvet cover, and built skateparks for a living. A half-hour into our first date, I knew we weren’t compatible, but he was goofy and earnest and always excited to see me. I decided I needed to experience a relationship with someone who liked me more than I liked them. …


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Originally published in March 2020

I woke up today feeling like hell.

My eyes are dry, my head heavy. My body misses sweat and the wind from passing subway trains.

It’s no wonder, really, that it would manifest physically. After all, I’ve spent the last ten days oscillating between emotions and contemplating my mortality and doom-scrolling Twitter and cannonballing into an Olympic-sized pool of anxiety.

But I’ve also spent a lot of time doing living room yoga and cooking gourmet meals and going on indulgently long walks and cry-laughing with my friends from unflattering angles on Facetime. …


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Originally published in January 2016

They say you learn a lot about yourself while traveling. While I wholeheartedly agree with that, after just having spent the last six months galavanting through 12 different countries in Europe, I’m inclined to say that you’ll learn almost as much about the world around you.

1. Maps are really hard to fold. This one may be specific to me but considering I come from a generation that never had to use physical maps much, I’m hoping it resonates. Why do they have to be folded into so many different directions? It’s like handling a really lame piece of origami. Are they purposefully frustrating so that you force yourself to just remember the directions instead? …

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Kaia Klissner

writer. overthinker. fun gal.

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