Travel Photography
Indonesia
Indonesia
Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste
Burma/Myanmar
Burma/Myanmar

Traveling is one of my biggest passions. It probably got into my blood, when at the age of 3 or 4 my parents took me to Ukraine for a summer beach vacation. A couple of years later we went to Crimea again together with my cousin and her mom, this time I remembered the long trip by train, which slowly continued from country to country, bringing together and uniting strange and unknown people – random co-travelers. The old ladies in colorful head scarfs were selling boiled corn and baked snacks on crowded stations.

Years later, when I was fourteen or so, one random guy whose name I won't even remember with a 100% clarity, told me how he crossed Europe, then still Schengen area for us, in his desire to reach Paris, having nothing but a small backpack and a sleeping mat with him. And that made me realize that for a true adventurer there are no borders in the world other than those built by our own minds. Everything is one step away and that step is your own wish.

Since then I tried to travel as much as possible. My first big adventure was a one-month hitchhiking trip to seven European countries together with my course mate. I learned about couchsurfing just before that trip and was able to make my first couchsurfing friends. That trip made it even clearer for me, that you don't need a fortune to reach new horizons, and there are things waiting for you to explore everywhere once you step out the door. Next year I went on a 5-week Scandinavian hitchhiking trip, this time on my own, and that became my first experience of single traveling. It was even more exciting, because all the communication I had was limited to people I met on my way. I remember three girls that picked me up in Norway and one of them gave me her old rain-coat, because she just bought a new one and it looked a lot like raining.

For the next couple of years I was finishing my studies in Riga Technical University, but was trying to use every chance and every holiday or day-off to go around and abroad. Discount airlines like Ryanair made it a lot more convenient to explore Europe having only a couple of days of vacation. During longer vacations I visited Iceland and several countries in the Middle East, for the first time peeking into Asia.

And finally in May 2009 I started my big Asian adventure, landing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Since then I visited eight countries: Indonesia, East Timor/Timor-Leste, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and India. I met many wonderful people and got introduced to various indigenous cultures through them. People, that were helping me out everywhere I went. People, that were sharing with me everything they had, even when it wasn't much. Now, in turn, I would like to share the stories and pictures from these countries with you. Welcome!