I miss this.


I miss this so much.


About elinatravels

I’m Elina Oliferovskiy, a Russian-born 26-year-old restless soul who’s never really found a place to dig her roots in deep ever since I moved to the United States in 1998. I’ve lived in a 39-foot RV with 8 people and a Chihuahua and road-tripped around approximately 38 states for 1.5 months. I’ve packed my car and headed north without a destination and ended up in Big Sur, CA and lived there for a bit. I recently moved to Bend, OR without ever having been here prior (simply went off of the recommendations of others). And I just came back from a trip to France, Luxembourg, England, and Ireland and have many fun stories to share. My alter-ego is Free Spirit (my trail name on the PCT) and I am an aspiring solo female Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker, who’d hiked half of the trail in 3.5 months in 2016 and a did a one-month section hike in 2014. I started this blog to chronicle my attempt to get from Mexico to Canada on foot via the PCT. I have also hiked in England, Luxembourg, and hope to hike the Camino De Santiago (St. James’ Way) in Spain and the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand, as well as many others. I love challenging myself physically, mentally, and spiritually, exploring and meeting new people who introduce me to their perspectives on life and allow me to be part of what they hold dearest to their hearts, pushing myself outside of my comfort zone in order to try exciting new things, and seeing, tasting, smelling, experiencing all of what this wonderful world I live in has to offer. This is why I travel. This is also why I move frequently. I’ve been moving somewhere new nearly every year, and I absolutely love my lifestyle. Now, I am deciding between teaching English in Vietnam, working remotely from New Zealand, or moving back to CA and woodcarving for a season. We will see what happens in the fall/winter of 2017. For now, I plan to stay in Bend, OR another few months and absorb all I can from this wonderful little (though rapidly growing) town. Feel free to follow along my journey by reading and commenting on my blog, adding me on Facebook (search for Elina Oliferovskiy and write me a message telling me you are a follower of my blog), or emailing me at elinatravels@mail.com.
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5 Responses to I miss this.

  1. William S. Miller says:

    What’s up Ms. Alexandra Solzenitzen? Why have you bee off the trail? You are telling you fans much, and we are in the dark. You need to get on the trail to finish, and I am not even sure where you are now. Have you run out of money? Back still injured? I could keep on guessing, but I would fill the page. Time to step up young lady, and tell us the story.

    Bill and Spike the Poddle


    • elinatravels says:

      I have both run out of money (but that was the case before I even began; I put my entire trip on credit cards) and my back is still injured. I have just now updated everyone with the latest via a new blog post, so enjoy. 🙂


  2. William S. Miller says:

    are=are not


  3. William Miller says:

    You are Turning into a “string bean!”
    A pretty string bean.
    Start putting away more carbs. Get dehydrated refried beans, TVP (high protein filler,) hummus and quinoa.

    1st two items-mix, boil, wait 20 minutes. Add rice and tortilla. Done.

    2nd two items-add water. Let set for 20 minutes. Add a little olive oil to the hummus. Done. Flaffel–same as hummus.


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