• 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…

  • Alice Springs, Australia
    Travel experiences

    Moments in Australia: Alice Springs

    Alice Springs is an unusual town. It’s not the most photogenic place for your Instagram  extravaganza, but it’s close to every beach in Australia, has an amazing collection of contemporary indigenous Australian art, it’s remote, dusty, a bit run down, a gateway to the Red Center, a dry river  intersects it, has a telegraph station, and it’s the home of the world’s oldest civilization. After a trip through the desert, we arrive in poorly lit Alice Springs. The contrast between dry heat and powerful air condition has made us tired and longing for a good night’s rest. Not meant to be! Cockroaches crawl out of cracks and crevices in the…