Elena is a young Russian woman who quickly realized she was a lesbian. Faced with the pressure of her family, she had to date men while waiting to escape this.
"I never wanted to be with a man; I knew that from the very beginning," Elena told Prospekt. "And, of course, I didn’t want to get married, but the problem was that my family and pretty much everyone around me was forcing me to date men and eventually set me up with one of them."
Elena met via the Internet a lesbian Canadian woman, Meg, and after six months of online communication, they decided to meet in Kiev in Ukraine. What Meg ignores then is that Elena planned to flee Russia.
"Meg can do everything, she is a musician, she plays the piano, flies planes, sails boats. […] To me she was this incredible woman, she simply stunned me with what she could do, and, of course, I pretty much instantly fell in love with her," Elena explained.
"She didn’t know that I was going to leave forever," she added. "She thought we were going to Kiev to find out whether we truly loved each other, and that if we did, I could eventually immigrate to Canada if I wanted to. We had no idea that we had to literally run to Canada from Russia."
After a few days together, Elena begins receiving calls from her family. She reveals her relationship with a woman and warns her family that she will not come back. Her parents initially urged that she return to her hometown before offering a meeting at the Kiev station so that Elena's mother could tell her goodbye. It feels like a trap, it is one. The father suddenly appears and tries to convince Elena, they fight, the police intervenes and arrest them all. Luckily, the police stood next to Elena and Meg. Everyone is released. Elena's parents return to Russia without her.
But Elena realizes that her parents have stolen her passport and that she cannot go anywhere. This time again, Elena is going to be lucky because one of her former colleagues in Russia will manage to steal it.
Elena and Meg will then cross the border of Turkey where they will stay two months. Meg will buy a boat by mortgaging her home in Canada. They will take sailing lessons and then set out on a journey across the Pacific Ocean to Canada.
After 10 months of a perilous journey in the middle of the ocean, the two women arrive on Vancouver Island in Canada in April 2007.
"The North Pacific was the toughest part of our trip," Elena told Prospekt. "Before that, I had never seen nature being that dismal and threatening. In the open ocean, hundreds of miles off the coast of North America, we found ourselves in the worst sea conditions that we had ever experienced. Many times we thought we wouldn’t make it, and once we had to run south for good, but eventually we got to the longitude where the wind wasn’t northwest anymore and then again headed to Vancouver Island — for Canada."
Today they are still together and still live aboard this boat since Meg finally sold her house.
Elena is now ready to share all the details of this adventure in a book that will soon be available.
For more information on the release of "Talking to the Moon" or to discover some excerpts, visit the following website: https://www.cadenza.ca/index.php/en/talking-to-the-moon-en/