About me

My name is Ksenia Makeeva and I was born on September 19th, 1984 in Riga, present-day Latvia, to Russian parents. At the time of my birth, however, Latvia was just one small republic of a much bigger country - USSR, which ceased to exist in 1991. May be this is the true reason of my travel passions and nomadic movements around the globe - being born in a country, that doesn't exist any more, I don't particulary associate myself neither with Latvia, nor with Russia, and in a sense, am rootless.

One of my grandmothers used to be a maths teacher, another - Russian literature teacher, so I didn't have any difficulties in studies and could easily learn both humanitarian and technical subjects. I went to school with a foreign language major and in my 10th grade was even learning Latin for half a year. After that, in 2002, I decided to make a change and applied to Riga Technical University, enrolling in the Computer Science department. From there I graduated in 2007 with a Master's Degree in IT.

Learning something new looked like a great idea, and, feeling creative, I went to photography courses. My first camera was an old Zenit given to me by my dad when I was about 13 years old. For my 18th birthday I got my first modern and nicely-functional Fuji camera, but after finishing photography courses I realized that this was not enough for me, and went for an SLR, a Canon 40D. Since then, my camera has become a trusted friend in my travels.

I moved to South East Asia in May 2009 and was traveling around for almost a year. After that I spent another year in Indonesia, first living in Bali and then working as a dive guide on a live-aboard off the coasts of Papua. At the moment I'm living in Mysore, India, where I practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and work for the diving company Dive And Cruise.