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From the Deep Sea to the Deep Jungle

Russian State TV ridicules Elena and Meg for six minutes on national TV news

What Meg and I saw in tropical jungle of Central America will keep us thinking for a long time. These are some of the photos we took on our deep jungle trip.     (More...)

Front cover of Elena Ivanova's sequel to Talking to the Moon, Parallel

I Finished my Second Book, Parallel

by Elena

The fight for my love for Meg and our life together has never ended. Until this day Meg and I are struggling for every day together and for our survival. Parallel is the continuation of our story of love, the struggle for it, and to live as we want.    (More...)

Why We Can’t Stop Running

Elena is a Russian citizen — with a Russian passport. Meg is a Canadian citizen — with a Canadian passport. There are very few countries that allow us both temporary entry. Like all foreign tourists, we have a limited time in any one country. We must keep moving-on in order to stay together.    (More...)

Russian State TV Calls us Fake News

Russian State TV ridicules Elena and Meg for six minutes on national TV news

Russian state TV couldn’t stomach my request for Ukrainian citizenship from Ukraine’s new president, so they came up with a lampoon where they ridiculed our story of escape from Russia.     (More...)

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...)

Boat for Sail!

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

Elena adjusts the sail

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
Elena and Meg on the USS aircraft Yorktown with their passports

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 connect me 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

On the way across the planet we became liberated of every single constraint and doctrine there is. At the conclusion of the escape, the journey that liberated us, was Canada.     (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

I describe what held me prisoner of "fate" in Russia, fearful and reluctant to change my life, and how I was able to break free.     (More...)

We Granted Ourselves Freedom

by Meg

It really comes down to making, or taking your own human rights, equality, dignity, and safety. Something granting you permission to be free, to think, to love, to dream is about the most denigrating act of all.     (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...)