Couple separated by travel ban share their true story

John Landecker

Bill Hillmann and Paula Zabalza

Chicago journalist and author Bill Hillmann has a long history with Pamplona, Spain. For years, he covered the running of the bulls, participating in the time-honored tradition and writing his own guide for prospective runners. But after COVID-19 hit, there was something else calling him back.

His romance with Paula Zabalza spanned thousands of miles and became the love story of a lifetime. Bill and Paula join John Landecker to tell their tale of pandemic courtship and how they overcame their forced separation.

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