Russia - South Africa

How I Found Myself in South Africa

I lived in the big city of Moscow, worked for a big newspaper and was raising two kids. Everything is revealed between the lines of my newspaper stories – a miraculous chain of causes and effects.

In 2008 I landed to the Kalahari desert of South Africa, which was sitting as a nail in my head for a long-long time since I saw the movie Gods must be crazy.





I then moved to South Africa in 2009. I was lecturing at the UNISA (University of SA), had my own personal photo exhibition and started running. Now I am traveling permanently, combining trail running with ultralight long distance hiking.


I’ve got a feeling that I am in a film under somebody else’s direction about how I manage what is happening to me all the time. When I realised I could never edit this movie I simply enjoy starring in it.


Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.

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