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Joseph Hernandez poses for a photo at his favorite spot on Shoreside Drive that looks over Pacifica State Beach in Pacifica.

Joseph Hernandez was halfway across the globe on his first trip outside of the U.S. when the world stopped.

As travel restrictions tightened amid the worsening pandemic early last year, the Pacifica native was in South Africa during a study abroad program about 10,000 miles away from home.

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