M.F. Aitken's

Love Across Enemy Lines

Elena and Meg's Cracking Wild, True Life, Planet Crossing, Run For Their Lives

List of Images

What follows is a visual index of all the photos that accompany my account of running for our lives (across the whole bloody planet) without getting killed... or worse. Aye, believe me, there are fates a lot worse than being dead.

When you spy the thumbnail of a pic you want to feast your eyes upon. Give it a poke and you'll be teleported to it and its witty caption's location.

Chapter 1 - By Hammer and By Hand

  • Meg Aitken frames an interior wall using the BFG
  • Meg Aitken's bungalow lifted and moved into position
  • Couple kissing in Maidan Square Kyiv Ukraine during the Orange Revolution elenameg.com photo
  • Hemispheric map showing the location of Ivanovo, Russia, hometown of Elena Vaytsel elenameg.com photo
  • Meg Aitken practices Russian while renovating in Star Trek pajamas elenameg.com photo

Chapter 2 - No Turning Back

  • Meg Aitken at home in her bungalow with a ceramic chicken photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel 2005 profile photo photo elenameg.com
  • Soviet panel building entrance in Ivanovo Russia photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken in one of her rare serious moments with Nautica coffee cup photo elenameg.com
  • Building a solarium in Victoria BC in the torrential rain photo elenameg.com
  • hundred-year-old window, structural detail with counterweights photo elenameg.com
  • Footprints in paint on a sundeck photo elenameg.com
  • Big Arts & Crafts reproduction hanging lamp Mission style photo elenameg.com

Chapter 3 - A Celebrity Sprain

  • Solarium placement detail of Meg Aitken's supersized bungalow photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken's kitchen covered in drop-sheets and ready for the wars photo elenameg.com
  • Restoration of a 100 year old window sash showing the tools and technique of removing layers of toxic paint photo elenameg.com
  • gas range and cabinets await installation in a craftsman bungalow restoration elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken with hair blasted straight back and glasses completely fogged by overspray photo elenameg.com
  • stairwell for future grand staircase in a craftsman bungalow restoration elenameg.com

Chapter 4 - Breaking the E-Barrier

  • Bernadette in the volvo estate car photo elenameg.com
  • Earth's terminator at sunrise from the edge of space photo elenameg.com
  • Outskirts of Kyiv Ukraine from 5000 feet up photo elenameg.com
  • Aerial view of downtown Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Borispol International Airport, Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Offices of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine entrance doors in Kyiv, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • 30 stories of Soviet Stainless Steel Defend the Ukrainian Motherland photo elenameg.com
  • The heroic city of Kyiv, Ukraine, motorway sign, photo elenameg.com

Chapter 5 - Hitting the Fan

  • 9am sunlight pours in through bedroom window, photo elenameg.com
  • Communist party and friends march in front of the general prosecutor of Ukraine office photo elenameg.com
  • Corruption in Ukraine's judicial system. An amateur protest at the Kyiv office of the General Prosecutor of Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Ukrainian Communist party supporters and Party of Regions supporters photo elenameg.com
  • Pora (About Time!) protesters setting up in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Pora (About Time!) protesters setting up in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • View from Elena and Meg's kitchenette window in Kyiv, photo elenameg.com

Chapter 6 - Declaring War

  • Kyiv Moskovska Boulevard in winter photo elenameg.com
  • Demonstration on Boulevard Lesi Ukrainky, Kyiv, Ukraine 2006 photo elenameg.com
  • Breakfast in bed photo elenameg.com
  • Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc supporters on Kyiv's Lesi Ukrainky boulevard photo elenameg.com
  • Militia paddy wagons line Moskovska Blvd, Kyiv around the Central Election Commission building and square in 2006 photo elenameg.com
  • Maidan Nezalezhnosti during a 2006 demonstration photo elenameg.com
  • Typical overhead view of drivers, bodyguards, waiting outside a vehicle while a backseat deal takes place between big honchos photo elenameg.com
  • Russian Embassy in Kyiv as seen from the Central Election Commission of Ukraine's public square photo elenameg.com

Chapter 7 - Worlds Collide

  • Elena Vaytsel and others are shocked by something on Kyiv Ave Kreschatik photo elenameg.com
  • Political rock concert in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv Mandarin Plaza entrance marquee photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv's Central Train Station Metro station surface entrance photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv's Central Train Station passenger terminal, main hall photo elenameg.com
  • Anti-Europe protest at the Ukrainian Central Election Commission Building on Boulevard Lesi Ukrainky photo elenameg.com
  • Russian leaning supporters ready to bust some heads photo elenameg.com
  • Anti-Europe protest at the Ukrainian Central Election Commission Building on Boulevard Lesi Ukrainky photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv's Central Train Station exterior layout photo elenameg.com
  • Seeming endless Kyiv subway escalators photo elenameg.com

Chapter 8 - Convergence

  • Kyiv train station Mcdonald's photo elenameg.com
  • Deal making Kyiv style by the Prokuratura photo elenameg.com
  • pro Russian supporters of Nataliya Vitrenko photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena at their sunny Kyiv flat photo elenameg.com
  • The color of the Orange Revolution, Nasha Ukrainia (Our Ukraine) flags color the horizon photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg's kitchenette table spread with goodies from the west photo elenameg.com
  • Green Party of Ukraine members at the Ukrainian Central Election Commission headquarters photo elenameg.com

Chapter 9 - Under Attack

  • Elena Vaytsel in Kyiv, Ukraine. photo elenameg.com
  • Flag Kyiv at the European Table on Kreschatic photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel restrained by parents outside McDonalds in Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel photographs candles photo elenameg.com
  • A plush toy bunny, Celtic bracelet, Chanel glasses, cheesy candle, package of nickel metal hydride batteries photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Ukrainian police in 2006 photo elenameg.com

Chapter 10 - Busting Loose

  • Gang graffiti in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • A former circus building converted to a grocery store. photo elenameg.com
  • Interior of the Kyiv central train station's police detachment building at the time of the attack on Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel files a police report photo elenameg.com
  • Ubiquitous, heroic, Soviet, public art photo elenameg.com
  • Ukrainian police inside their station photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv central train station's police detachment, holding in processing area photo elenameg.com
  • A beautiful building in downtown Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Globus mall, Independence square, Kyiv, Ukraine, at night photo elenameg.com

Chapter 11 - Going Dark

  • Meg hides in her mastodon hide coat photo elenameg.com
  • Globus Mall under Maidan Nezalezhnosti photo elenameg.com
  • Window sill disaster area photo elenameg.com
  • Stalker in McDonald's photo elenameg.com
  • Globus mall under Maidan Nezalezhnosti photo elenameg.com
  • Russian Internal Passport -- what a joke! photo elenameg.com
  • Percherskaya Lavra in Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Shopping Mall for the Whole Family somewhere in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Detail of Kyiv's Percherskaya Lavra photo elenameg.com
  • Deli counter at Mandarin Plaza photo elenameg.com
  • An old chunk of wall at Percherskaya Lavra photo elenameg.com
  • Extreme shopping, Soviet style photo elenameg.com
  • Mandarin Plaza salad bar photo elenameg.com
  • Downtown Kyiv at night photo elenameg.com

Chapter 12 - Going Nowhere

  • Kyiv's Independence Square photo elenameg.com
  • Outdoor shopping in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv Prokuratura with GESTAPO sign photo elenameg.com
  • Khreschaitik avenue Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Lenin and other sociopaths photo elenameg.com
  • Black market kiosks in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Black Market shopping in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Ukrainian militsia in Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • The Ukrainian Prokuratura building photo elenameg.com
  • Khreschaitik Boulevard Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Kofe Hauz in Globus Mall Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Typical losers at the Globus mall photo elenameg.com
  • Percherskaya Lavra photo elenameg.com
  • corner of Kutuzova and Lesi Ukrainki photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken is a vehicle passageway is post Soviet Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Soviet residential construction photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv Prokuratura at night photo elenameg.com
  • Rediculous doors in post Soviet Ukraine photo elenameg.com

Chapter 13 - Getting the Hell Out of Dodge

  • Doc Martins and car crusher wedgies photo elenameg.com
  • The vestibule photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg in the mirror photo elenameg.com
  • Elena on the Dell photo elenameg.com
  • Elena on the phone photo elenameg.com
  • Living in fear photo elenameg.com
  • Gov Canada iconography of fear photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena photo elenameg.com
  • Arsenalnaya metro station in Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena photo elenameg.com
  • A couple, displaced in time. photo elenameg.com
  • Joyful revolutionaries in Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Mandarin Plaza Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Elena taking a picture with a tiny camera photo elenameg.com
  • Maidan Nezolezhnosti - Independence Square Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Kyiv street scene vignette photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg lined their bottles up along the Prokuratura in Kyiv Ukraine photo elenameg.com

Chapter 14 - Hitting the Open Road

  • Elena and Meg at a truck stop outside Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • Truck-stop toilet outside Kyiv photo elenameg.com
  • highway from Kyiv to Odessa photo elenameg.com
  • Highway, police roadblock photo elenameg.com
  • The Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Odessa train station photo elenameg.com
  • Crumbling 19th century buildings in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Odessa Ukraine passenger sea-port photo elenameg.com
  • Freighters at dock in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • 19th century corridor in ruin photo elenameg.com
  • Primorsky boulevard and promenade photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena in Londonskaya Hotel dining room photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg in front of the Londonskaya Hotel in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com

Chapter 15 - Aladdin's Lunch

  • Wedding party in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Water taxi Vancouver at dock in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Odessa Opera House photo elenameg.com
  • Elena enraptured with abandoned puppy photo elenameg.com
  • Meg photographs Odessa's waterfront from Primorsky Blvd photo elenameg.com
  • Chess players in Sobornaya Square Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Woman sells maps and souvenirs in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • The Londonskaya Hotel Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com

Chapter 16 - Storming the Fortress

  • Elena pictures old buildings in Odessa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Pack of wild dogs in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Historic buildings destroyed for god photo elenameg.com
  • Fairly typical, downtown Odessa housing photo elenameg.com
  • Crumbling building in downtown Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Dirty laundry hanging out in ancient Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Dwellings in old Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Green clock on burnt umber exterior wall of a dom durakoff in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com

Chapter 17 - Mama Via Internet

  • Turkish Embassy on Primorsky Blvd Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Hare Krishnas on Primorsky Boulevard in Odessa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Young couple watch a ferry depart in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel on the phone photo elenameg.com
  • Wedding photo ops in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken, Elena Vaytsel mirror selfie photo elenameg.com
  • Huge mirror in ballroom at Londonskaya hotel in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the Londonskaya hotel in Odesa Ukraine elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel on the Potemkin stairs in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Pack of abandoned dogs in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with unwanted kitten in Odessa Ukraine photo elenameg.com

Chapter 18 - Counting Heartbeats

  • Elena Vaytsel on the phone in Odesa Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Londonskaya Hotel Odesa Ukraine hallways photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel freezes her arse in front of Neptune in Odesa's londonskaya courtyard, elenameg.com
  • bulk carrier in port at Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken hams it up at the Londonskaya photo elenameg.com
  • Odesa Ukraine street scene photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg in the Londonskaya, Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Ceiling of the Londonskaya Ballroom photo elenameg.com

Chapter 19 - Escaping Ukraine

  • Magpie in fountain, Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Electric trams and an ambulance in Odesa, Ukraine. Spring 2006 photo elenameg.com
  • Electric locomotives at the Odesa train station. Ukraine, 2006 photo elenameg.com
  • Tanya and Elena at the Londonskaya hotel in Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • WW2 medals on building facade in Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Tanya and Meg hamming it up on Odesa's waterfront photo elenameg.com
  • The ferry, Southern Palmyra, departing Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel checks out a first-class train carriage photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena on the Potemkin Stairs in Odesa, Ukraine photo elenameg.com
  • A flight-side passenger transfer contraption at the Odesa airport. photo elenameg.com
  • Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 in Odesa. photo elenameg.com

Chapter 20 - Into the Arabian Night

  • Southern Ukraine from the air photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel leaving the former USSR photo elenameg.com
  • The Black Sea from 10,000 meter photo elenameg.com
  • freighter tracking toward the Bosporus Strait photo elenameg.com
  • On final at Istanbul's Ataturk International airport photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in ambient light actually smiling photo elenameg.com
  • scrub covered hills of Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com

Chapter 21 - End of the Road

  • Marmaris, Turkiye sea of flowers photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel strolls in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Turkiye flag and ancient stonework photo elenameg.com
  • Marina and boats in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Local fishing boats in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Olde shoppe in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Local fishing boats in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com

Chapter 22 - Oceanis

  • Marmaris, Turkiye, near Netsel Marina: the canal photo elenameg.com
  • Gulets and Rugs for sale in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Turkish gulets built in the open, near Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Marmaris appeared to be about yachting photo elenameg.com
  • Yachting Mecca, a store in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Marine store in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • yachting signage in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Marmaris Bay photo elenameg.com
  • Feral dog and puppies in a boat dry storage lot photo elenameg.com
  • Sailboat in dry storage photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel taking a photo in front of Gino Yachting, Marmaris photo elenameg.com
  • Beneteau Oceanis Elena and Megs boat photo elenameg.com

Chapter 23 - Trial by Sea

  • Big suitcase in a small hatch photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in her lair photo elenameg.com
  • decorative poisonous oranges photo elenameg.com
  • Marmaris, Turkiye. Gulets, old town, and castle photo elenameg.com
  • Heeling sailboat photo elenameg.com
  • Entrance to Netsel marina, seen from Marmaris bay photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken meets Harvey photo elenameg.com
  • Yacht ready for lifting from the water photo elenameg.com
  • travel-lift (mobile crane) Netsel Marmaris Marina photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • New Marmaris seen from the castle photo elenameg.com

Chapter 24 - School Daze

  • Marmaris, Turkiye, Netsel marina charter fleet photo elenameg.com
  • Sailing school storefront in Marmaris 2006 photo elenameg.com
  • Marmaris late afternoon twilight photo elenameg.com
  • Yacht in travel lift at night photo elenameg.com
  • Night shot of Travel lift with Meg and Elena's boat photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg's yacht provides shade photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in shades, in the shade photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken walks along the Marmaris canal toward old town photo elenameg.com

Chapter 25 - Human Remains

  • Man cleans a yacht propeller photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel supervises the launch of her yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Yacht launced from a travel lift photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg yacht Boadicea in Netsel marina, Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the helm of Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in a rubber dinghy photo elenameg.com
  • A swindler makes off with cash photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the helm learning to sail photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with her sailing instructor photo elenameg.com
  • Backgammon aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena learning to sail. Marmaris Bay, Turkiye photo elenameg.com

Chapter 26 - Tomorrow You Die!

  • Meg Aitken at an ATM in Marmaris Turkiye photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel studying at the table photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken with Visa card photo elenameg.com
  • complete fail amateur radar arch photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken suggests cross bracing the radar arch total fail photo elenameg.com
  • Radar arch epic fail photo elenameg.com
  • epic radar arch fail photo elenameg.com
  • pile of money and laptop photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the Marmaris police station photo elenameg.com
  • planting onions in Marmaris photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel and Meg Aitken aboard their boat photo elenameg.com

Chapter 27 - Going Overboard

  • Meg Aitken with flag of Canada photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel arm wrestling photo elenameg.com
  • Feral kitten, Meg Aitken, laptop photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel doing boat chores photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the helm photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel threatens to strangle her sailing instructor photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel wears fake Prada photo elenameg.com

Chapter 28 - Boadicea

  • workers on a yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel climbing the mast photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with power screwdriver photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel oils teak aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in Turkiye watching sailboats photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken with a desalination unit photo elenameg.com
  • Technician pulling wire aboard a yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Technicians at work on Elena and Meg's yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken purchases boat parts photo elenameg.com
  • Provisions laying waste to the yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken with navigational chart of the Caribbean photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel looks at laptop with a worried expression on her face photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with her sailing instructor photo elenameg.com
  • Two women float on their backs in the water photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken, Elena Vaytsel and their friends in Marmaris, Turkiye photo elenameg.com

Chapter 29 - Castaways

  • Storage space challenges aboard Elena and Meg's sailboat photo elenameg.com
  • Provisioning aboard Elena and Meg's sailboat, Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Boxes of provisions await stowage aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel is surrounded by stuff that has to be stowed somewhere aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Aft battery compartment on Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken in a customs office with the cleared parcels and paperwork photo elenameg.com
  • Last minute preparations aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Exit to Mediterranean from Marmaris bay at sunset photo elenameg.com

Chapter 30 - Open Water

  • Meg Aitken makes a log entry photo elenameg.com
  • light from a distant shore at night photo elenameg.com
  • cockpit bench festooned with foul weather gear photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg's bruised shins photo elenameg.com
  • waves breaking on Boadicea's deck photo elenameg.com
  • The distant cliffs of Karpathos silhouetted by the setting sun photo elenameg.com
  • sunburn photo elenameg.com

Chapter 31 - Facing Death

  • Meg in bed with earplugs in photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel stares into the abyss aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken and Elena Vaytsel in offshore sailing gear, take a selfie south of Crete. Photo used by the BBC photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken at the wheel of Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Shattered stainless steel rudder shaft, corroded by years of electrolysis photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken on the deck of Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel aboard Boadicea fishing for tuna in the Mediterranean photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with a tuna she caught in the Mediterranean photo elenameg.com
  • A glorious sunset photo elenameg.com

Chapter 32 - Friction

  • Meg Aitken at the wheel of Elena and Meg's yacht Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Yanmar marine diesel engine photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Megs yacht Boadicea heeled while beating into the wind photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken looks toward the Messina Strait between Italy and Sicily photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena jousting with jet-skiers in the Messina Strait photo elenameg.com
  • Ferry in the Messina Strait Italy Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken works in the steering compartment beneath the cockpit of a Beneteau Oceanis photo elenameg.com
  • One of the Aeolian islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily by Meg Aitken and Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Ominous Thunderstorm in the Mediterranean Sea off northern Sicily Meg Aitken and Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Waterspout tornado at over the Mediterranean sea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel photographs dolphins from the bow of Boadicea in the Mediterranean sea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in the cockpit of her yacht, Boadicea with the spinnaker photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken below deck looking for an electrical work-around by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Following seas in the Mediterranean photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken taking a picture by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken and Elena Vaytsel on their six month anniversary at sea toasting with beer and chess photo elenameg.com

Chapter 33 - In the Midst of Giants

  • Rock of Gibraltar with LNG carrier photo Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • Approach to Gibraltar by Sea photo by Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • Gibraltar with a bunch of yachts photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Cheesy buildings near Gibraltar photo elenameg.com
  • Anchored ships in the bay of Gibraltar photo Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • The rock of Gibralter seen from the Strait of Gibraltar while facing east photo elenameg.com

Chapter 34 - Unstoppable

  • Meg Aitken re-rigs the mainsail on a close haul west in the strait of Gibraltar photo by Elena Vaytsel... obviously photo elenameg.com
  • Strait of Gibraltar with fog bank photo Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • island and lighthouse off Tarifa, Spain photo Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Spinnaker flying in heavy fog off the west coast of Africa photo Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Nightfall at sea, seen through a porthole. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken fixes her laptop at sea off Africa photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel asleep in the cockpit with panties and socks hung to dry. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com

Chapter 35 - Into the Storm

  • Fuel dock texaco sign in Las Palmas Canary Islands photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken climbs onto the solar panels and radar arch to replace the radar photo elenameg.com
  • Furuno fruit bowl decorates Meg and Elena's table, and it was even under warranty photo elenameg.com
  • Elena calls for help while an extortionist watches. Las Palmas, Canary Islands, scam photo elenameg.com
  • Scanmar monitor windvane rusted to hell, on the floor of a machine shop. photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with a lot of groceries photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken with a big grocery bill photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with the British Flag photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken installs a monitor windvane before a storm photo elenameg.com
  • We crossed oceans of time to find each other ... We are crossing oceans of water, going home. Painting by Elena Vaytsel on the breakwater at Las Palmas, Canary Islands. Meg and Elena Love Ocean Home Stars Love photo elenameg.com
  • Palm trees in the wind and rain at night Meg Aitken photo photo elenameg.com
  • Disaster area aboard Boadicea Elena Vaytsel Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com

Chapter 36 - Hurricane

  • Helicopter in flight photo elenameg.com
  • Southeast Gran Canaria with choppy sea, photo Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel checks the spinnaker photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken watches a glorious sunset at sea. Photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken inside a windvane self steering contraption. Photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Blown out spinnaker in the mid Atlantic. Photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena and Meg's yacht caught in its own spinnaker photo elenameg.com
  • Torrential rain flattens the sea and gives it a shag carpet look. Photo Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Spinnaker all tored up and lying on deck photo elenameg.com
  • First band of cloud and showers from approaching tropical storm. Meg and Elena photo photo elenameg.com
  • Following seas in a near hurricane force wind. Elena and Meg photo photo elenameg.com
  • Breaking wave preceding a tropical storm. Meg and Elena photo photo elenameg.com
  • Swells and windwaves combine to make steep seas in a tropical storm. Photo Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • Rough seas following a hurricane photo elenameg.com

Chapter 37 - The Other Side of the World

  • Choppy sea at sunset. Photo Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken gazes upon Barbados with binoculars photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with binoculars in the West Indies photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the helm during a Caribbean gale photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and Elena's yacht Boadicea seen from the top of the mast photo elenameg.com
  • Thunderstorm at sunset in Caribbean sea. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • A poignant shot of Elena Vaytsel contemplating the meaning of life while at sea photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken checks out the Colon Yacht Club photo elenameg.com
  • Fixer-upper yachts at the Colon Yacht Club, Panama. Photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Panama City, Panama. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Gatun locks gates at night in the Panama Canal, Caribbean side photo elenameg.com
  • Last gates of the Panama canal open onto the Pacific. Photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the helm of Boadicea entering the Pacific ocean from the Panama Canal, photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com

Chapter 38 - Pirates

  • Meg Aitken whittles a new windvane shaft photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel climbs the mast photo elenameg.com
  • Whitewater and foaming rough seas caused by an outflow wind off Mexico and shot from a porthole as a wave breaks over the deck. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Filthy cockpit during heavy weather sailing. Elena and Meg photo elenameg.com
  • Meg and messy cockpit photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken fixes the electrical system photo elenameg.com
  • Huge wave off Mexico photo elenameg.com
  • Humongous wave about to flood the boat photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Ivonova at the helm of her heeling yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken uses diving gear to avoid blowing sand photo elenameg.com
  • Boadicea takes a wave over the bow while upwind sailing, called beating photo elenameg.com
  • Upwind sailing, heeled hard over, seen from below deck photo elenameg.com
  • Sailing yacht Boadicea on glass water in the doldrums off Mexico photo elenameg.com

Chapter 39 - Entropy

  • Meg Aitken goes for a refreshing dip in the middle of the ocean photo elenameg.com
  • Dolphin sidles up for a scratch behind the ears photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel with laptop computer in her yacht cabin photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel at the computer photo elenameg.com
  • Satellite weather chart photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken stares at a satellite weather chart in utter disbelief photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel eats yogurt on deck photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken overcome with exhaustion in her cabin photo elenameg.com

Chapter 40 - Knockdown

  • Elena and Meg's position off the west coast of North America. Chart plotter, Pacific ocean, photo by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Navigation station and instruments aboard Boadicea, Elena and Meg's yacht. Elena Ivanovo wears indoor winter clothing to stay warm in a sailboat without heat. photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken aboard Boadicea attempting to cook while heeling in a sailboat photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel packs the mainsail on Boadicea 1000 nautical miles West of San Francisco photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken at the navigation station of Boadicea, Elena and Meg's yacht photo elenameg.com
  • Graybeards in the North Pacific. Photographed by Meg Aitken aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel in the steering quadrant of Elena and Meg's yacht, Boadicea, in the North Pacific making repairs while under sail. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken at the helm of Boadicea. Elena and Meg's yacht in the North Pacific photo elenameg.com
  • view from one of Boadicea's windows underwater. Photo by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel on Boadicea in the North Pacific taking a photograph of Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Moderate chop on top of swells in the North Pacific North of the latitude of San Francisco photographed by Meg Aitken aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com
  • A distant albatross photographed by Meg Aitken aboard Boadicea in the North Pacific in winter photo elenameg.com
  • Yankee jib on Boadicea, Meg and Elena's yacht in the North Pacific photo elenameg.com
  • Five meter waves with 1.5 meter wind waves in the North Pacific during winter. Photographed by Meg Aitken aboard Boadicea photo elenameg.com

Chapter 41 - Dead Run

  • Elena Vaytsel sits in the companionway of Boadicea, her and Meg's yacht in the North Pacific ocean, north of forty degrees latitude, in the middle of winter. Photographed by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Monstrous waves in the North Pacific Ocean in wintertime. Photographed from Boadicea, by Meg Aitken. photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken stands in the cockpit of Boadicea in the North Pacific ocean. Photograph by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel clings to the cockpit wall, staggered by exhaustion in the North Pacific Ocean. Photographed by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel and Meg Aitken keeping warm by the engine of Boadicea in the North Pacific Ocean photo elenameg.com
  • Watch keeping in the cockpit of Boadicea, seen from inside the closed companionway during inclement weather. photo elenameg.com
  • Meg Aitken in the cockpit of Boadicea in the North Pacific Ocean. Photograph by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel aboard Boadicea, with an offshore nautical chart of the waters near Vancouver island. Photographed by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • Chart plotter showing the position of Boadicea entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca photo elenameg.com
  • Elena Vaytsel, exhausted, at the mast to take down the mainsail in the North Pacific Ocean. Photographed by Meg Aitken photo elenameg.com
  • First sight of land, the forest on Vancouver island, Canada. Photograph by Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com

Chapter 42 - Aliens

  • Vancouver Island rain-forest from Juan de Fuca strait photo Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Olympic mountains Washington State hurricane ridge snow covered and shrouded in cloud photo Elena Vaytsel photo elenameg.com
  • Juan de Fuca strait from chart plotter photo elenameg.com
  • Boadicea rests at dock in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Elena and Meg yacht. Photo elenameg.com