• Arctic
    Travel experiences

    Chasing the Northern Lights in Arctic Norway

    This is my second try to see the  Northern Lights. The first, 10 years ago in Iceland, wasn’t planned. I happened to be there in December and booked a trip to chase the Green Fairy. It was raining and the tour was canceled without any refund or a free second attempt. Proper preparations, a lot of research, and luck are necessary to see Aurora Borealis, including when and where to go and how to photograph it. That’s why I was skeptical to go on a Northern Lights cruise from Kirkenes to Tromsø and to leave everything to a mere chance. Eventually, I decided to join a group of enthusiastic women…

  • Great Ocean Road
    Photo stories,  Travel experiences

    Moments in Australia: Great Ocean Road

    The Great Ocean Road is 243 km long and it’s among the world’s most scenic drives. A surfing paradise, the road is built by soldiers to commemorate fellow soldiers killed during World War I. One can spend a week or longer, traveling from town to town if one has time and a car. The alternative is to spend two days and enjoy as much as you can. Some describe the Great Ocean Road as terrifying: an experience for thrill-seekers with hair-raising turns. I can report that my hair was in place except when the wind had an affair with it. There are a few turns along the way but nothing…

  • Sailing
    Shared

    Long-distance friendSHIPS & relationships

    Friendships and relationships need constant hard work and nourishment. The long-distance ones can be even more challenging to keep alive with time. ”Far from the eyes, far from the heart” – sadly yes, in my experience. It happened that many people in my life I first met online. Sometimes I amuse myself with the thought ”what if we first met offline  – would it had been any different?”. In other cases, I moved out of town or the other person did. Many factors define whether a friendship or a relationship would flourish or fade away, however, my impression is that the less you see someone, the harder it gets to…