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Category: Life

I Am Free



“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ~ George Orwell


I will always be against wars… all wars! I am pro PEACE & LOVE for our beautiful universe and for all souls. I am anti any kind of genocide. I will always stand with those, who are being attacked. If the people in power of our world, didn’t want wars and murder, there would be none. If you want to know where the power is, ask who you can not criticize. Read the rest of this entry »

Choice, Curse and The Silver Lining


“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, and yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward, not tarries with yesterday. “

– Kahlil Gibran
from the book : The Prophet

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“Behind The Mask”

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from google images

from google images


Wanted to do this for my 30th, but I’m too impatient… ( giggle )

When my heart is set on something, it’s hard to reason with it…

Yes, I’m a rebel! But a rebel with a cause…

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Letter from The President of Unites States – Barack Obama.

It has been a 9 year journey for me.

In the Summer of 2003 I arrived in LAX as a 19 year-old girl, without a clue of what to do next.

I sat alone on the bench right outside the airport, trying to answer the question that I have not yet asked myself prior to that night…

What now? …

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This is it…

Please send positive vibes my way tomorrow at 12 pm …

It is the most important journey of my life thus far…

Arrived in US by myself at 19 in 2003…

Have been a permanent resident of USA since 2006…

It has been a 9 year journey since the day I stepped out of my plane in LAX…

It hasn’t been an easy walk…

I’ve stumbled and fell, I’ve made mistakes and learned…

I’ve grown.

Tomorrow, May 16th 2012 is my citizenship interview …

I’m both, nervous and exited…

This is it…

May 19th 2012 Update :

Good news!!

Just opened a letter that said –

Congratulations! Your application was approved on May 18, 2012. : ))

Next and last step is the Oath Ceremony. Will receive invitation in the mail.


Would like to thank officer J. Reynoso for being so kind and patient with me & for trying to make me less nervous at my interview.

A huge thank you for all the support through the years to my amazing Mr. Bond ..

And of course I want to thank my online crew … your words of encouragement meant so much in the past days !!

Thank you for your friendship!

Kinda speechless..

all my love,

Lena xo


 The woman behind the words …

” Things “

Internet Movie Data Base

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Dancing With Fear

 I have been restless lately; A few days ago, I bought my plane tickets to Morocco, Egypt & Turkey. Leaving at the end of March for my 28th Birthday. I have never felt fear of flying or traveling before. I do now though… It’s twisting all of my senses, feelings and mind into a wicked dance …

I want to begin by remembering this one amazing country that I have visited throughout my childhood, teenage years and now going back to, a whole decade later…

( where does the time go? .. )

Antalya, Turkey in the 90's

It’s a beautiful country, full of history, culture with very kind and hospitable people. It is also home to the best coffee in the world. Oh, how I love Turkish coffee in the morning! My heart is full of memories that forever tie me to this land…

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What’s your Passion? …

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You know you are Holly Golightly of The 21st Century when …

© Kurt Andrews Photography

… You can relate to the following ~

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How NOT to Plan

19 years old –> Moscow, Russia  –> no plans or bookings — > $1000 –> 1 suitcase  –> Los Angeles, USA  …


  … Yes, I actually just got a visa, bought a ticket and left …

Moved to a different continent, alone, as a teenager, with no plans, no help, no family and no friends waiting for me in US… but managed to survive & succeed.

If I could do that, trust me, so can you! Age, time and money should never be an excuse.

For me, “Planning” takes life out of living …

No matter how long you have been planning for or how “perfect” your planned trip is in your head…. Life will happen to it …

Why stand in the way of LIFE with it’s stunning beauty & glorious imperfections and suffocate it with our own FEAR ? …


I travel independently, meaning, buying all my plane tickets, hotels, adventures myself or those trips are SPONSORED. I use public transport and spend 99% of my time with locals.

I try to not only visit a country, but actually LIVE there, be it for a few years, a month or for several days…

Wouldn’t trade my time in a crowded Kenyan Matatu or Ugandan Boda-Boda, even for a ride in a limo or on a private jet!

It takes courage and fearlessness to travel our amazing planet solo, but it’s worth every lost nerve cell…

Actually, it’s worth way more than that…

It’s priceless.


Google is truly an incredible thing … just search “how to travel the world cheap” and you’ll be able to find tons of useful information on this topic.


And remember, Life & Travel is only as expensive or inexpensive as you make it…


The woman behind no plans …







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