About me

Hello, and thanks for visiting my blog!

I lived in London for six years and worked as a financial journalist, but the dream was always to travel and write about it.

In 2014 I took a travel writing course, taught by accomplished travel writer Peter Carty, and this finally inspired me to put some time and effort into this blog! I fully recommend his travel writing courses to anyone with the same passion.

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I have spent a large proportion of my life travelling in one way or another, having sort of been forced into it by circumstances. I was born in the USSR, but when I was three years old the communist state collapsed, leaving my father without sufficient income, so we moved. A lot.

Thailand 2006

But I only really started to enjoy travel properly when I first left Europe and went to Thailand in 2006 – one of my favourite places on earth to this day!

I think that was the point when I got the travelling bug…and fell in love with elephants, as you can clearly tell from the picture.

Since then, favourite destinations have been South Africa, Croatia, Morocco, to name just a few…

My climbing passion

Then, in 2015, I got seriously into rock climbing. It was something that had always been a part of my life, tangentially, because my brother is a climber and in love with the sport. But it took me quite a few years to fall in love with it myself.

Through rock climbing I have found a new purpose for my travels, made some incredibly friends, including one of my now closest mates Valentina, who was my climbing partner during that first summer, when we spent every weekend outdoors on rock.

Then, the following year, I met my soul mate and partner in crime, Clay, with whom I finally decided to make the leap I have wanted to take for so long, and quit my job in favour of long-term travel.

Me on Switzerland – photo courtesy of Kai

It is now the beginning of 2018 and we are two months into a year-long climbing adventure! So far we have explored climbing in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, and still have all of Europe and more to cover! Truth be told, we hope we can make it last longer than a year. We hope this is a beginning of a new life.

My other interests


But climbing has not been my only passion. I have experimented with many different sports, and I tend to be drawn to the alternative, rather than the mainstream. My first love affair was actually with aerial circus – hoop, silks, anything that involves hanging from the air in weird shapes.

I also have an internet in yoga, especially the less conventional types, such as aerial and acro yoga, and hope to be able to do more in the future. Now that we are on the road I am trying to incorporate a daily practice into my routine. Yoga also helps me mentally with my climbing through the mindfulness aspect, which is a topic close to my heart.

I hope you like my blog and thank you for reading! Please comment and share your thoughts with me 🙂

Header photo credit: Brook Anderson on Unsplash

4 Replies to “About me”

  1. Hello,

    We’re very excited about the upcoming release of FREE SOLO in the UK. We’re aiming to create maximum awareness within the climbing and outdoor communities about the release of the film.
    We have posters and postcards we can send over, as well as social media language and online assets for sharing.
    Info on the film below/attached. Look forward to hearing from you and please let me know if you have any questions!



    360 Degree Communications is excited to announce the upcoming release of FREE SOLO.

    To celebrate International Mountain Day on 11 December, join us for a live event of FREE SOLO followed by Q&A with Alex Honnold and Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin.

    The screening and Q&A will be broadcast live across the UK and Ireland via satellite and the film will be playing at theatres throughout the UK.

    Book tickets here: FreeSoloFilm.co.uk

    The film will be on general release from 14 December.

    From award-winning documentary filmmaker E. Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin, the directors of MERU, comes FREE SOLO, a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold,as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock … the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park … without a rope. Celebrated as one of the greatest athletic feats of any kind, Honnold’s climb set the ultimate standard: perfection or death. Succeeding in this challenge places his story in the annals of human achievement.

    FREE SOLO is an edge-of-your seat thriller and an inspiring portrait of an athlete who challenges both his body and his beliefs on a quest to triumph over the impossible, revealing the personal toll of excellence. As the climber begins his training, the armor of invincibility he’s built up over decades unexpectedly breaks apart when Honnold begins to fall in love, threatening his focus and giving way to injury and setbacks. Vasarhelyi and Chin succeed in beautifully capturing deeply human moments with Honnold as well as the death-defying climb with exquisite artistry and masterful, vertigo-inducing camerawork. The result is a triumph of the human spirit that represents what The New York Times calls “a miraculous opportunity for the rest of us to experience the human sublime.”

    Trailer can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/89H0BHXjkXI

    60-sec trailer With Event Information: https://dogwoof.box.com/s/k4fqw7io81s8ialdxewuzpx2qxgz7wbo

    We look forward to speaking with you at your earliest convenience about FREE SOLO! We’d love to create as much as awareness as possible within the climbing community so they can experience this epic story on the big screen.

    1. Hi Pete,

      The theme is called twenty seventeen. I’ve tried looking for others and this one just works the best. But you have to be careful with the photos you choose for the header, not everything works!

      All the best,

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