I am Elena!

I dumped the life that was killing me and crossed the world under my own power, to live as I want

I no longer use my pseudonym Ivanova. I am now going out there loud-and-proud with my real name: Elena VAYTSEL (Елена ВАЙЦЕЛЬ)

Elena Vaytsel

In February 2006, I ran from my home in Russia and four months later headed for the open sea from Turkish coast. I did it because I no longer could betray myself and live a lie for others.

In April 2007, Meg and I reached British Columbia. That voyage changed my whole life and reshaped me completely. Finally, I was my authentic self! Until this day, Meg and I are together. We don't have a mutual country of citizenship. But it isn't as important to us as the fact that we are together and that we rule over our every day.

Want to get in touch with me? You can do it here.

Want to know where Meg and I are now and what we are up to? Visit our website or see our Telegram channel.

My voyage across the world changed me completely. Now, I see and feel a million times more. When I can't help it, I write things down or share bits of my adventures through photos and videos.

Elena and Meg, mangroves in Panama

Among mangroves 2

June 2022

Stumbled on a nurse shark!

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Elena and Meg, mangroves in Panama

Among mangroves

June 2022

We've been feeding this poor ones for a few weeks. We'll be sorry to say goodbye.

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Diving in Panama

Under water and underground in the Tropics

May-June 2022

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Elena Vaytsel, Interview for Better Know an Author blog

Interview for Better Know an Author blog

April 2022

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Fishing

I'm fishing

Originally intended to empower Russian female audience, I though you might have a look at it, too.

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Building a house

Building our house!

These are not just photos of me building a house. This is my triumph.

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Building a house

Untold stories of immigration

Somebody else's reality, I couldn't help but to write about.

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