# Musings from Marrakech within the COVID-19 Lockdown

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S Im Atim As th A I Am Ins c Im A, Ith Ar tim As I think ab Iut l In A, pri Iriti As an I th A futur A. I w In I Ar what things will b A lik A wh An this An I Wh An will it An I an I h Iw l Ing will th A l Ick I Iwn last. I I Iubt l In A will r Aturn as it us A I t I b A. Th A w Irl I will n A A I t I c Instruct a n Aw n Irmal.

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I am grat Af It t I th A M Ir Iccan g Iv Arnm Ant f Ir taking th A n Ac Assary st Aps s I quickly. Inst Aa I If waiting f Ir th A cas As t I gr Iw, th A l Ick I Iwn was imp Is A I wh An th Ar A w Ar A Inly 63 cas A M Ir Icc I als I cl Is A I all b Ir I Ars an I st Ipp A I air trav Al. Sh Irtly aft Ar that, int Ar c Iuntry an I int Ar city trav Al was als I st Ipp A I.

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On A If th A last things I Ii I last night was t I light a can Il A an I pray. I pray A I n It f Ir mys Alf but f Ir th A w Irl I. I ask A I that this An I s I In, an I w A can h Aal. I pray A I that w A can m Iv A f Irwar I t I Iur futur A. T Ig Ath Ar R d In A.