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The Woman. The Photographer. The Traveler.

Travel and Photography blog by the female solo traveler and sports photographer.

What do I do?

I take pictures. And tell visual stories.

I write. I write about the female experiences through different stages in their lives. I share my experience in the search for inspiration and strength. Social expectations, fear and risks, choices, and happiness are the subjects that fascinate me. Most of my experience comes from travels and the extreme sports world. I have been in love with this world for more than 10 years, but it is a sharp and demanding place. Women have to prove themselves every single step they take. Yet, this world is enchanting and the rewards are overwhelming.

I travel. But you will not find me in crowded touristy places, big cities or bars. Experiences, adventures, and authenticity matter.

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Things they don’t tell you about being the photographer

I have written this text some time ago. But my feelings about the subject didn’t change that much since then…If you are accidentally in the need of a photographer and the price they gave you seems a bit too much, please read this first. Only then ask for the better price if you still consider…
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Witching

“Hey you.” I said to the young bracken leaves passing by the slope full of them.  “You were supposed to be blooming.” continued talking to a plant. And yes, I know that bracken does not bloom or have any kind of flowers for that matter. In the Baltics, we have this ancient pagan tradition to…
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by Aiste Ri

Venice – the importance of being a traveler instead of a tourist

“It’s interesting that through those long years of traveling I have never visited Venice”, – I thought to myself while looking at the map. Venice was just four hours away from the place I lived now. I usually avoid very touristy places but Venice is kind of classics and early spring is not as very…
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Femininity

Since today is dedicated to all the women of the world, let’s talk about femininity. The subject I have been struggling with for a while. Maybe that sounds a bit weird for a woman of my age. I have been a woman for my entire life, right? But you have to know few facts about…
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First Winter Season in the Alps

I guess it’s time. The thermometer was showing +10 for the entire last week. I have a legit google tan on my face. And the fresh snow is nowhere to be found. However, I’m not saying that it’s spring already – don’t want to jinx anything. But I think that it’s time to share what…
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Are You Going Surfing Tomorrow?

It was already a sunset time. Golden Gate Bridge looked even more red than usual in the sun-colored ski. I could see all that incredible view from the window of my hostel bar. I couldn’t imagine a better choice for my travel to San Francisco. Staff and most of the travelers were friendly, others minded…
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Self portrait by Aiste Ri

The Touch of Magic – Diversity

The world is full of magical diversity. Gringo Once in the Maxican desert I have met a blond dude. He was a professional snowboarder once. Competed in the biggest competitions. Traveled around the world. Partied with friends a lot. But once his accident happened and he no longer could continue this life, all his friends and…
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Maasai warriors by Aiste Ri

What do you want the most in your life?

What do you want the most in your life? And what will you want the most tomorrow? The wonder lady The story is set once upon a time in Africa. After a very long, physically and emotionally tiring local bus journey. And after an unfortunate encounter with Nazgul like donkeys…(the story for the next time),…
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self portrait by Aiste Ri

I choose not to choose

The good book says that a man is special because he has free will. To choose. I have to admit that I have always been skeptical about choosing. I still don’t understand why a person can not have/do/feel everything … Missing out I remember in my childhood I have been very sick with high fever…
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Here and now by Aiste Ri

Living in the Alps

Yesterday was the last day of summer here on my mountain. And though in the Zillertal valley few upcoming days might still feel warm, up the mountain I already want gloves and furs. The forecast promises a bit of snow as well. But yesterday was still warm and sunny. This is what living in the…
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