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Moving On

Elena Ivanova, sailing from Russia, Boadicea

Our allowable time in this particular country is running out. We have to move on. We don't know where we'll end up next, or for how long we'll go dark (off grid, incommunicado). A friend will keep track of us via satellite, and monitor our us@elenameg.com email. She can forward/relay messages for us, wherever we happen to be on Earth's surface.

Why Not Canada & What’s Next?

It is assumed that because Meg and I took off into the unknown on a sailboat to stay together and headed for Meg’s home country, we got to Canada’s shore and lived there happily ever after. This couldn’t be further from what really happened.     (More...)

Boadicea is for Sale!

Elena Ivanova in the rubber dinghy somewhere in the tropics

More than four and a half million bucks for a seriously-experienced, ultra-high-miles, sailboat might seem a wee bit pricey, but just wait til you see the extras you get with this lady-driven, gem! The discerning shopper knows what we're talking about.     (More...)

Heading for Panama

Meg Stone gazes in wonder at tropical jungle

We are setting off for our next long haul journey. Without a country for us, our next closest stop is Panama. Though we are considerably lacking fuel and provisions we should be able to successfully reach Panama in 8 to 10 days.

If there is no updates from us in a couple of weeks, assume, we didn’t make it. In that case, we have no regrets and we lived on our own terms. Elena and Meg out...

Overwhelming Response

by Elena

When Meg and I were crossing Atlantic ocean on our way to Canada, I had no idea that one day that very trip, Meg’s and my very love, would make it possible for me to connect to so many people, and in every part of the world.     (More...)

The Plan

Boadicea crashes through the waves into a sunset on the high seas

To set the record straight: our only immigration problem is having spent 12 years of our lives thinking Canada would grant us equal rights.     (More...)

We’ve Got Passports!

Elena and Meg on the USS aircraft Yorktown with their passports

Well, this is it. We both have passports! Unfortunately, from different countries. We’re pretty much, right back where we started, 12 years ago, but we’ve grown up a lot since then. One way or another, it’s a new beginning to another stage in our lives, and the adventure goes on!

Personal Freedom – a Fast Track to Exile

by Elena
Elena Ivanova wanders a lonely highway of exile

Time is passing and I am glad it does. It heals the wounds Canada opened by denying me citizenship in my partner’s -- my family’s -- country. I also discovered that the pain Meg and I lived with for more than 6 years -- being played like a fish while Canadian Immigration decides to deny me equal rights -- was actually self-inflicted.     (More...)

Canada Refuses to Grant Elena Citizenship.
What now?

Elena Ivanova on the deck of Boadicea

Okay, we get it, and let’s face it, Canada is really not our party scene!

So... What Now?

It’s been one heck of a run, and we’re still running! We might never stop. We may never be safe. But we are living life on our own terms, and we are free.     (More...)

Our Adventures in North America

Elena Ivanova stands on a formation in California's Owens Valley with the Sierra Nevada mountains behind her.

Just because we clung to North America on an immigration crap-shoot, doesn’t mean we stopped living! We’ve had one heck of a great adventure, exploring this amazing continent. Here’s a few elbow-biting pics to prove it.     (More...)

Achieving the Unimaginable

Elena Ivanova on a swing in Willows Park, Oak Bay
by Elena

Meg and I spent an entire year crossing this planet -- from Ukraine to Canada’s west coast. We did it to together. We embarked on this endeavor because there was no way could not do this.     (More...)

We Granted Ourselves Freedom

by Meg

It really comes down to making, or taking your own human rights, equality, dignity, and safety. The fact that there are “rights” at all, means there is someone threatening those rights. Declaring you a lesser being than they.     (More...)

SOS: Saving Our Ship

Elena Ivanova with arms in the air cries out, Savvannah or bust

In summer/fall of 2017 Meg and I got trapped in Nova Scotia with Canada refusing to issue me a Travel Document. After a reporter spooked the Canadian government department responsible, I was issued the document in a matter of hours. We escaped the winter in the nick of time, saving our lives and our ship.

Here are some photographs from that wild run down North America's East Coast.     (More...)