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I made a lot of progress polishing up my book these days. Got through almost the entire huge list of grammar questions/problems that I had (-and that was a huuge pain). Now I have a few more edits to do before I go through it all again - hopefully the last time (though I seem to say that every time :D).

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@Dima made a cool video about my octopus experience :D -

Here I explain the story of how I met and started interacting with these octopuses :)
See my blog for more details:

These days the water temperature is about 14-15 degrees, but I'm still going in there to interact with these octopuses :D Yesterday I found a very friendly one who chased me around the bay. I'll see if I can film him :)

Big thanks to Dima for the video :)

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Great video, awesome story! :)

Yesterday I got to preview the first part of TROM II documentary and I must say that it’s really really awesome :) I may be biased (since I’m in it :)) but sometimes it gave me the chills. And it also reminds me a bit of Adam Curtis’ documentaries. Overall I think @Tio did a fantastic job so far, and I can’t wait to see what will come next!

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You are too nice :)
Oh I cant wait to watch it :D

So I finished draft 4 of the book (a few weeks ago), then I had a couple of people read through it and give me some feedback. Now I want to edit a few more parts, do some fact checking, and find answers to all of my grammar questions. I have a nine-page document full of only bullet points of grammar problems/uncertainties. I worked on this list for a little while, then got overwhelmed and started gorging on ice cream to make myself feel better :D But of course, unless I want to change the name of my blog to Small World Big Sasha, eating ice cream is not a good solution to my problems! So I decided to take it easy, just do five or so grammar points per day, and get this done little by little. Be like the squirrel- :D

After that, I want to go through the book one more time, make a reference page, and still fix the conclusion. I never thought it would take me this long to finish this damn book but it is what it is. Just a little bit more to go..

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Big thanks to @Future is FOSS@Xantulon and @Alexio who helped with the release of TROMjaro XFCE! They test it, help us create custom scripts, and more. All about the release here


I added some Pyrenees photos to my photo page:
It seemed a bit out of date since I had nothing there since 2019. Now 2021 is there :)

Love those Pyrenees mountain lakes :)

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It's mostly about my last 13 years of traveling around the world with very little money. There's more info about it here if you're interested :)
Nice. Gonna check it out

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I'm taking off on my big hike today! I'll be mostly offline for the next 2-3 months.

Also, I made a longer update on my old GoFundMe campaign-
Sorry that I made that campaign almost two years ago and I still haven't published my book! I have been working on it like crazy over the past two years though and I'm super relieved that I finally finished it. I will publish it when I get back from the hike (after I go over it just one last time 😁)

Let's see how far I can get on this hike before I collapse 😀

Over the past 2-3 months I've been coming back to the secret octopus bay and I've figured out that there are three octopuses that like human feet :D And there is one octopus that is particularly friendly. She even took me by the hand, held me in strong current, and dragged me around the bay!

I updated my octopus blog with a bunch of new videos so you can see all of this here-

Or on PeerTube:
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I finished my book! YES! :D Well, I finished draft 3 of the entire thing, which is basically (hopefully) the final draft :D. Maybe I’ll change the conclusion in the end, but we’ll see, for now I am done!

I’ll spend the rest of the summer walking across the Pyrenees Mountains and thinking about it :D

I plan to leave in 1 week.

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So Tio and I moved out of our apartment last week, unfortunately, but thanks to someone named Taras, we now have enough funds to feed ourselves and keep our projects alive for the next few months. Thank you so much Taras!

My plan hasn’t changed much. Right now, I’m finishing up draft 3 of my book- and I’m finally almost done! (This time really :D) I’ve put a crazy amount of work into this book over the past 2 years so now I’m pretty much sick of working on it :D Once I finish everything except the conclusion, I plan to go off into the Pyrenees Mountains and hike to the Atlantic. After that, I’ll come back, finish the conclusion, take one last look over the book, and then I’ll finally publish it. Whew. Then I’ll figure out some way to make some money so that Tio and I can keep our projects going without getting all stressed out all the time :)

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Here's a new video based on my blog "Prison Earth":

@Dima recorded and edited the video, I made the script.

Here is a link to the blog that it's based on:


Sasha spend most of her life traveling around the world, quite often without any money.She share her experiences, ideas about our society, travel tips on her...

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25. Empty homes

This video is about the ridiculousness of our trade-based society. There are so many empty appartments that are used for only a short period of time or not at all, because it is profitable to do so.

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We found a very cool website last night:,y474,w0.2697

OneZoom Tree of Life- An interactive map of the evolutionary links between all living things. Discover your favorites, see which species are under threat, and be amazed by the diversity of life on earth.

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Wow, this is really amazing 😍

Thanks for sharing :)
No problem :)

New Blog: Meeting an Octopus

I wrote about my amazing experience of interacting with a wild octopus-

He is simply precious :)

I recommend this documentary if you want to understand why I got so excited about this :D

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I loved My Octopus Teacher. That is so wonderful that you were able to have octopus encounters yourself!
I loved My Octopus Teacher too :) and I'm super happy about the encounters :D

Curious Octopus

The most amazing thing happened to me yesterday! And I managed to film it-

I went for a dip in a quiet rocky bay in the Mediterranean Sea. When I came out of the water I noticed an octopus close to shore, looking at me. I came towards the octopus and it came closer to me, then she/he touched my foot with its tentacle and tried to latch onto me! I was shocked and quickly backed away. The octopus squirted me, then stayed close and continued to observe me at the edge of the shoreline.

Curious Octopus

Yesterday I went for a dip in a quiet rocky bay in the Mediterranean Sea. When I came out of the water I noticed an octopus close to shore, looking at me.

Here's our latest TROM-Cast:

This one was about movies, our personal opinions about movies, and the impact that movies have on society.

You can also watch it on Peertube -

65. Movies

We recommend our VideoNeat collections of movies and our book "The For-Profit Entertainment"

Here's last night's TROM-Cast:
Or on Peertube:

This one was about "deplatforming" and the implications of it. How a few companies can mute anyone they want and what repercussions that has.

64: Deplatformed!

We are talking about this new word "deplatforming" and what are the implications of it. How a few companies can mute anyone they want, and what repercussions does it have.

I finished Chapter 24- some crazy stories about hitchhiking through Europe in 2016 :D

I actually didn't realize how much time I spent hitchhiking around the world until I wrote this book :D There are a lot of hitching stories in there. Mostly good ones, but some were a tiny bit frightening too.

I also brought back a section that I had deleted earlier (from Chapter 8) so now the book is a bit over 150,000 words but maybe it's better that way, we'll see.

Now I'll have to make just a few small changes to Chapter 25 (the 2nd-to-last chapter) and then I'll see if I can manage to finish editing the conclusion or if I'll have to mull over it for a while longer.

I finished editing chapter 23, which was about Hawaii. This chapter included a story about the Kalalau, where I took this picture-

This was definitely one of the most incredible places I've ever seen, and the interesting part about this place is that there are a bunch of hippies living in that valley and making pizza :D
I hope to come back there one day and stay for a little while.

I also edited chapter 24 and 25 (Europe and Nicaragua) but I might go over it one more time.
And now I'm on the conclusion! ...And I'm struggling with it.

I'll try to take it little by little, hopefully finish by next week, and then we'll record my part for TROM2 documentary ;)

I made a lot of progress this week. I'm up to Chapter 23 now (page 275) and I think I only have about 4 chapters to edit! But I decided to go with a new strategy- right now I'm working on draft 2 of the 2nd half of my book (which I have never edited before). Once I finish draft 2 I will re-edit that entire section to make a final draft. Only then can we celebrate :D.

Now I just finished a part about Sri Lanka, which I struggled with a bit. I managed to cut out a bunch of pages so now the book is about 150,000 words. I don't think there's much more I can cut out but maybe that's okay.

Here's a photo of the Dambulla cave temple in Sri Lanka :)

I finished editing Chapter 17! Making progress :D
This one was about Cambodia, Thailand, Russia, Bulgaria and Morocco. Random, yes, but it made sense at the time :D

Here's a photo from this chapter-

This is from the Ta Prohm temple in the jungles of Cambodia (part of the Temples of Angkor)

Great TROM-Cast last night-

This one was about our new project

Great job with this project @Tio and @Alexio I really love it! :)

63. ( is a new TROM project. What is so special about it? It has the balls to provide trade-free alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Docs, Dropbox, Wetransfer, Spotify, and more.

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I deleted 8 more pages and I've finished editing 200 pages! -So I'm more than halfway finished with my book! :D The next part will be more difficult though... Now I'm getting into the sections that I've never edited before. I'll try to take it little by little and hopefully not have any mental collapses this time :D

I decided to include an entire chapter about climate change in the book. At first, I thought that perhaps it deviated too much from the story, but I think I’ll leave it there because it’s an important topic and it impacted my perspective of the world quite a lot. Besides, the book will be called “Big World small Sasha” so it’s not only about the small Sasha- it’s also about the Big World :D

Here’s a part of what I wrote for that climate change chapter-
I didn’t change much since I worked on this section a lot back when I was writing it.

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I finished editing Chapter 13- Sailing in New Zealand. I wrote a little bit about this adventure in a blog a little while ago-
Now the chapter is complete and I'm making real progress with my book. Yes! :D

I'll post updates about my work here ( and this automatically goes to my website on this page

Thanks to @Tio for setting all of this up :) TROM Social looks great! - I love it! :)