Jul 18, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jul 4, 2019 8:00 am
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.
Jun 27, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 20, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 13, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jun 6, 2019 8:00 am
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...
May 16, 2019 8:00 am
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...
May 9, 2019 8:00 am
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...
May 2, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Apr 25, 2019 8:00 am
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,...
Apr 11, 2019 8:00 am
“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...
Mar 21, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Mar 14, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Mar 7, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Feb 28, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Feb 21, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Feb 7, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jan 31, 2019 8:00 am
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...
Jan 17, 2019 8:00 am
Even demons become kinder if they are fed on time and treated well.
I learnt this last week, when we attended a service at a small Hindu temple in the remote mountains of western Bali.
My husband, Bill, and I went for a bike ride. We...
Jan 10, 2019 8:00 am
I flew with my husband to the rural north of Thailand, late at night. We awoke in the morning in the cool air of the highlands. The streets were pleasantly chaotic with vendors, and we heard the laughter of children from a nearby school.
Jan 3, 2019 8:00 am
New Year’s Eve for Russian people is the most important holiday of the year.
The table in each household is crammed with food, drinks and treats. Russian women start preparing for this celebration weeks in advance. We think about what...
Dec 27, 2018 8:00 am
What a special and wonderful time of the year, filled with both magic and kindness.
I love the smell of nutmeg, cinnamon and pine needles, the sparkle of decorations and flickering lights, and the love, care and warmth of the family...
Dec 13, 2018 8:00 am
Thursday night is rehearsal time for the Coral Beats percussion group. It is two hours of positive and vigorous energy for the mind and body. After chatting, exchanging news, hugging and laughing together, we get down to work. Our rehearsals take...
Dec 6, 2018 8:00 am
Only three weeks before Christmas!
During these days I look back and reflect on the last year.
I try to recall all the good things that happened and what interesting and kind people I met along the way.
In the course of that,...
Nov 29, 2018 8:00 am
On Thanksgiving Day, my mother, whom I had not seen for several months, flew to Bermuda from San Francisco to visit us.
When I saw her at the airport dancing and waving at me, I started laughing and thought, “As long as our parents are...
Nov 15, 2018 8:00 am
Last Sunday we were out on the ocean. It was already autumnally cool and windy. The sun was playing hide and seek with us, peeping out of the white clouds and scattering sheets of silver sparks on the radiantly blue water. There was a flash of...
Nov 8, 2018 8:00 am
How old do you feel?
Yesterday I talked to a Russian client who is now living in Norway, via video chat. At the end of the conversation, she suddenly burst into tears. “What should I do next? I am almost done. I’m already an old woman, I...
Nov 1, 2018 8:00 am
Why do I like living in Bermuda? Is it the silver glitter of sun on the restless sea? The blaze of flowers on ancient stone walls?
The delirious rush of wind in the palm trees? The hypnotic peep of tree frogs? Yes, all of that, but...
Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am
Autumn is my favourite time of the year in forests, where the trees show their brilliant selves and colour explodes in a delirious confusion of golds and reds and fading greens.
I watch in wonder as the leaves shake and dance in the wind. I...
Oct 18, 2018 8:00 am
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but not me.
Whenever I arrive in a new city I like to spend hours wandering aimlessly through its streets listening to the diverse sounds floating from the windows: snatches of speech in unfamiliar...
Oct 11, 2018 8:00 am
I love to dream. I often transport myself in my mind to new places to feel the excitement of the unknown, to imagine new cultures, to see and hear and touch and taste the exotic fabric of life.
I love to imagine myself doing something...
Oct 4, 2018 8:00 am
What is your speed?” I asked this suddenly of my husband, Bill, as we drove by a road sign showing the speed of our car.
He thought for a moment: “What an interesting question! I think I am in idle right now.”
“What about you?” he...
Sep 27, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever started something important, something you look forward to and anticipate?
You see it clearly in your mind’s eye, when suddenly everything changes in an instant and all your plans turn upside down.
And in the end, to...
Sep 20, 2018 8:00 am
Sometimes, I stumble into the inner world of a complete stranger by accident, a person who brings new and lyrical sounds to the deeply hidden strings of my soul.
They respond in a melodious and gentle manner, like wind chimes which, with a...
Sep 6, 2018 8:00 am
What is the most beautiful and unusual date you ever had? The date you would remember for ever?
“I want to show you Bermuda from the ocean’s point of view,” Bill told me when we met for our first date.
I watched as he docked his...
Aug 30, 2018 8:00 am
When I was a little girl and lived in Siberia with its enormous wilderness, I thought that the forest was a part of my house.
It was always kind and friendly to me, often hiding me under its trees from a heavy rain or protecting me with...
Aug 23, 2018 8:00 am
Do we meet people at random? Is it pure chance or fate?
I often ask myself this question: why did I meet this particular person? Sometimes, it is the one who helped or even saved me, who said just the right thing or gave me the wise advice...
Aug 16, 2018 8:00 am
Have you ever had some small event suddenly open a secret gateway in your soul for the flow of deep and hidden memories?
It happened to me a few days ago. After dinner in a stylish restaurant in the small town of Ely, Minnesota, we received...
Aug 9, 2018 8:00 am
“How would I look in this photo with this background of the sunset?”
I thought about this seriously as I held up my iPhone, standing on a cliff soaring majestically above the calm lake.
At this moment I realised, with a touch of...
Jul 26, 2018 8:00 am
How do I know what true love is? This morning we received the results of my annual scan from the doctor.
My husband jumped out on to the sunny porch of our summer home in Minnesota, high above a calm and beautiful lake, spread his arms wide...