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This 91-Year-Old Russian Grandma Became An Internet Sensation By Travelling The World On Her Own

Yeah, I know, I know, travelling is a tricky deal nowadays with the pandemic at large. But, it doesn’t hurt to take a look at the times when people were able to travel, before all of the lockdowns and quarantines.

And this story isn’t your run-of-the-mill travel thing, oh no. Its protagonist is actually a 91-year-old woman from Russia who had, despite her very venerable age, been travelling places. And not just around Russia, mind you, but also outside its borders, whether it’s an exotic location or not!

Yep, Elena Erkhova, more commonly known as Baba Lena, a babushka (or simply granny) from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, travelled to places you wouldn’t expect a 91-year-old to go and documented her travels across social media.

Alas, Baba Lena passed away in 2019 at the ripe age of 91, but she has left a legacy of her travels on her Facebook. We invite you to celebrate Baba Lena’s life in the list we’ve compiled below and to remember that it’s never too late to go do something, especially if it’s something you always wanted to do.

#1

In The Tuva Republic

In The Tuva Republic

So, meet Elena Erkhova, a 91-year-old lady from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She seems to have always been an avid traveller, and back when the Soviet Union was around, the people did have a lot of opportunities for travel, albeit in a more closed environment. But hey, the union was gigantic.

Back in the 1970s, when she was in her 40s, Lena had a chance to travel to Prague, Poland, and East Germany—some of the countries that were allowed as travel destinations outside of the Soviet Union.

#2

At The Parthenon Of Books, Kassel, Germany

At The Parthenon Of Books, Kassel, Germany

#3

Joining The Culture Of The Taino Indians

Joining The Culture Of The Taino Indians

But travel was never cheap, and her journeys were cut short due to the fact that she didn’t have the time or the money to do any of it… until she turned 83, when her passion for travel was rejuvenated and she decided she once again wanted to see more of the world.

In an interview with Ananova, Lena said that her friends had asked her why never travelled. She had the money at that point, after all. And she thought to herself, “well, why not?”

#4

The Naadym Festival, Tuva Republic, Russia

The Naadym Festival, Tuva Republic, Russia

#5

Rafting In The Yenisey River (Mongolia / Russia)

Rafting In The Yenisey River (Mongolia / Russia)

Full article at boredpanda.com

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