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  • Celebrate your special style in 2020
    Jan 16, 2020 8:00 am

    Celebrate your special style in 2020

    When we arrived in Hanoi and walked into the airport hall, I stopped in admiration. A sudden wave of unreality swept over me and I felt for a moment as if I were in a scene from a movie.

    A slender and elegant Vietnamese woman with lustrous...

  • In 2020, write your chapter beautifully
    Jan 2, 2020 8:00 am

    In 2020, write your chapter beautifully

    I genuinely love the last days before the New Year. I always look back and think about how it went, what happened, what interesting people I met, places I visited, women I helped, what dreams I realised, how I personally changed and how my life...

  • Start your day with some dancing
    Dec 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Start your day with some dancing

    There is a Russian proverb that says, “How you start the day is how you will spend it.”

    In Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, I always start my day with a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. The Vietnamese consider this lake to be the calm heart of...

  • Learning how to find harmony out of chaos
    Dec 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Learning how to find harmony out of chaos

    We arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam a week ago and I was not sure we could even leave the front steps of our hotel. In front of us was a river of motorbikes and scooters all travelling in a chaotic and relentless flow that stunned us.

    We were on...

  • An incomparable spiritual feeling
    Nov 21, 2019 8:00 am

    An incomparable spiritual feeling

    Many years ago, when I was still living in Russia, I saw a stunningly beautiful photograph in a travel magazine. Thousands of large, snow-white lanterns with a brightly burning fire inside were flying in the evening sky towards a huge, full...

  • A life less ordinary is the only way to live
    Oct 24, 2019 8:00 am

    A life less ordinary is the only way to live

    I cannot live a quiet life. I always have to come up with new projects and exciting dreams. I’m not interested in following routines.

    If I find myself slipping into complacency, I don’t like myself. The more difficult the task the more...

  • It’s a special feeling to hold your dream
    Oct 10, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s a special feeling to hold your dream

    This September, on our remote island in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, we planned to hike in the regal pine forest, boat on the loon-speckled lake, forage for mushrooms amid the lichens and ferns of the boreal forest and gaze at the...

  • Getting into the spirit of things
    Oct 3, 2019 8:00 am

    Getting into the spirit of things

    If someone were to tell me this fantastic story I would say it cannot be true.

    But it happened to me in August four years ago. We spend every summer on our island in the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. This remote outpost is in the...

  • My belated love affair with tennis
    Sep 20, 2019 8:00 am

    My belated love affair with tennis

    All my life I have done everything possible to realise my dreams.

    When I arrived in Bermuda, I had a long cherished dream: I wanted to learn how to play tennis.

    I practised almost every day with my coach, Howard Cross, an older but...

  • Life is completely unpredictable – and that’s OK
    Sep 12, 2019 8:00 am

    Life is completely unpredictable – and that’s OK

    On our wedding anniversary this summer, Bill and I began a tradition of planting a tree on our island in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota.

    In August you will always find us there, living among the towering pines of our enchanted...

  • How a river plunge taught me the value of a ‘contrast shower’
    Jul 25, 2019 8:00 am

    How a river plunge taught me the value of a ‘contrast shower’

    It was a crushingly hot afternoon. My husband Bill and I were walking with our Swiss friends, Nika and Rubik.

    It was June, and Europe was in the midst of a heatwave. The temperature in Zurich, the city we were visiting, was over 100...

  • Surfing in the heart of the city
    Jul 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Surfing in the heart of the city

    How do you maintain your connection with nature and passion for adventure when you live in a big and busy city? How do you keep your spirit alive? You find unusual and interesting things to do.

    I was walking with my husband, Bill, yesterday...

  • We all need a chance to express our stories
    Jul 4, 2019 8:00 am

    We all need a chance to express our stories

    When I start a journey I never know what surprises lie ahead.

    Yesterday, my husband, Bill, and I went for a hike through the lush hardwood forests of the Alps in the remote and mystical valley of Verzasca in the Swiss canton of Ticino.

  • Of boxes and grappa and bringing people together
    Jun 27, 2019 8:00 am

    Of boxes and grappa and bringing people together

    We are now in the gorgeous Italian part of Switzerland, Ticino.

    What do I like to do here the most? Walk in the woods for hours.

    This area is a paradise for hiking. Hundreds of kilometres of trails with breathtaking views of...

  • Bratislava is the sound of the blues
    Jun 20, 2019 8:00 am

    Bratislava is the sound of the blues

    For me and my husband, Bill, there are cities that we love in a special way. We have a rare and cherished connection with them. They resonate in our souls as distinct music.

    One city sounds to us like blues. This is Bratislava, the capital...

  • Guided by the rhythm and passion of flamenco
    Jun 13, 2019 8:00 am

    Guided by the rhythm and passion of flamenco

    Two weeks ago I hugged my beloved drum and gave it to my girlfriend from our drumming group Coral Beats.

    She promised to take good care of it and write to me about where she played it. What happened? Bill and I decided to leave Bermuda for...

  • The first step to buying a smaller pair of jeans
    Jun 6, 2019 8:00 am

    The first step to buying a smaller pair of jeans

    It is summertime! It is a happy time! It is a beaching time! It is my favourite time because I can dive into the exquisite ocean that surrounds us on every shore. I love to swim in the turquoise sea, struggling with the current, fighting with the...

  • When things just fall into place for you
    May 16, 2019 8:00 am

    When things just fall into place for you

    Two days ago, my husband, Bill, and I celebrated an important anniversary. Exactly seven years ago, I sailed to Bermuda on a cruise ship and met him at Dockyard by chance. I remember how it all began.

    It was six months earlier. My first day...

  • The calm blue of Bermuda and the vast, tranquil sea
    May 9, 2019 8:00 am

    The calm blue of Bermuda and the vast, tranquil sea

    Spring with its warmth and bright sunshine has finally come to Bermuda. Mother Nature awakes and the island is transformed with colour. Bright-pink oleanders nod in a vibrant-blue sky, snow-white lilies blossom under red hibiscus and white...

  • ‘Every day is unpredictable’: a letter from disputed Donbas
    May 2, 2019 8:00 am

    ‘Every day is unpredictable’: a letter from disputed Donbas

    I received this message recently and was stunned speechless.

    Veronika: “Nina, I live in Eastern Ukraine, in the Luhansk, Donbas region. The war has been going on for more than four years here in the ‘grey zone’.

    “I am near the front...

  • How the healing power of a hug made everything OK
    Apr 25, 2019 8:00 am

    How the healing power of a hug made everything OK

    Last week, I was in Miami for my annual testing and screening.

    It is always a very emotional time for me. I got to Mount Sinai Medical Centre and was engulfed by harsh memories. Yet, among my strong feelings of fear, anxiety and dread,...

  • Each of us is an exquisite and delicate flower
    Apr 11, 2019 8:00 am

    Each of us is an exquisite and delicate flower

    “I am small, ugly and fat. No one will love me.” I received this devastating message from a Russian woman a few days ago. I looked at her picture and could not believe my eyes. I saw a lovely, smiling woman with big brown eyes. This was not the...

  • One hundred ways to share my deepest thoughts
    Apr 4, 2019 8:00 am

    One hundred ways to share my deepest thoughts

    Today is a very happy day for me! I am writing my hundredth article for this column, Life after 50.

    One hundred articles in 2½ years. I still can’t believe it’s possible!

    Before starting this column, I never wrote...

  • Sometimes good comes out of bad
    Mar 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Sometimes good comes out of bad

    Is it bad what happens to us, just bad? Two weeks ago, Bill and I attended the Bermuda International Film Festival.

    It is an important cultural event here, one which highlights the best in world cinema and allows us to watch rare...

  • Live your life on a path of the heart
    Mar 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Live your life on a path of the heart

    Are you happy or not? Why are some people happier than others?

    One of the most difficult things in life is to find and understand what makes you happy. Many people believe that the key is money.

    Then, after making millions and...

  • The island of splendour and paradise of colours
    Mar 14, 2019 8:00 am

    The island of splendour and paradise of colours

    If you ask me what is my favourite place in Bermuda besides the ocean, I would answer without hesitation: the Bermuda Society of Arts gallery.

    The first time I came there was exactly three years ago.

    I was looking for an opportunity...

  • The sea is ours to love and protect
    Mar 7, 2019 8:00 am

    The sea is ours to love and protect

    I will never forget my first hour when I arrived in Bermuda by cruise ship. It was seven years ago, in May.

    I had been working on board for five months and had visited many tropical islands. I loved to sit and look at the endless expanse...

  • Healing magic in the dance of surf and Moon music
    Feb 28, 2019 8:00 am

    Healing magic in the dance of surf and Moon music

    One early morning last week, I received this message from Irina who lives in Ukraine:

    “Nina, I’ve been sick for a long time and I am taking a medicine with a sedative, and it makes me feel like a vegetable! Yesterday, I looked at your...

  • Travelling creates an awareness of the goodness in all people
    Feb 21, 2019 8:00 am

    Travelling creates an awareness of the goodness in all people

    Why do we travel? What pushes us to fly for many hours, sometimes around the whole world?

    Before any trip my heart always beats joyfully and I can’t fell asleep in anticipation of something unusual, new and exotic. I know that after the...

  • Silence is golden: the long walk to nirvana
    Feb 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Silence is golden: the long walk to nirvana

    In my last article, I wrote about my six-day visit to a remote Buddhist monastery in Northern Thailand last month.

    When I first read the monastery schedule I was stunned: 18 hours of fasting, 8 hours or more of meditation, 1 hour of free...

  • It’s about surrendering to a greater truth
    Jan 31, 2019 8:00 am

    It’s about surrendering to a greater truth

    It was five o’clock in the morning. I was alone.

    I awoke and put on my rough, white linen robe. I walked out onto the wooden planks of my small hut.

    Thick morning fog ebbed through the mountains in a dream of languid mist. I heard...

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