Arctic Foxtrot. And more...

Aviation brings people together. In 2017, when Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday, aviation unites the country by bringing the technology and inspiration of airshows to the most remote areas of the country - where people have never seen anything like this in their lives. With 97 airshows North of the 60th parallel, EVERYBODY will have a chance to celebrate Canada's 150. Official website: https://caat2017.com. This is a blog of Anna Serbinenko, the only Canadian female aerobatic performer, embarking on this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
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Three years later. I have travelled, explored, discovered, dared, fell down, got up, did it again, achieved, conquered, enjoyed, loved, remembered, lived... So many experiences are just too grand to keep them to yourself. So i decided to revive and keep up this blog with sporadic postings. Subscribe to get notified about the new articles!

Day 100 - The Looks are Deceiving

Women are traditionally seen as “weak” and “fragile”. The last 100 days in Ukraine have shown that we are also strong, resilient, courageous and can take “whatever-it-takes” to the next level. I want the stories of these women to be known. I want the world to see that it’s not just an abstract “people”, but that behind each story there’s a beautiful and powerful little princess or queen.

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Day 41 - They Are All Already Angels

God bowed his tired head.

- Peter, is it everything for today?

- No, God, souls from Kyiv region are still waiting for God's judgment.

- Bucha and Irpin? Call everyone. It's simple: everyone to heaven.

- Without a trial?

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Day 39 - “Great russian Culture”

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Day 37 - Diary of a 16-year-old Katya from Mariupol

I will post this one as is, just with a translation for my English-speaking friends. No comments.

“We were going to the bathroom, sleeping and eating the leftovers of the food in one basement. Once uncle Kolya captured a pigeon, it was probably the fifth or sixths day. We fried it, and ate it. And then it made all of us throw up.”

 

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Day 33 - My Grandmother, My Hero

 

I feel I’ve always had more in common with my grandmother in character than even with my parents. She’s strong, courageous, positive and very very kind and generous. And yes, she has so much more patience than I do. And even though other relatives spoiled me more as a kid, while grandma Nina was more strict, she has always been someone I’ve looked up to.

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Day 32 - Good doctors. In more than one way

 

I have to share it. 

So I’m sitting at home ploughing through a bunch of emails, trying to get less behind my stuff. A phone call comes in. Our aviation medical doctor. Weird. I had not contacted him, I just passed my pilot medical last month and I’m not aware of any issues. Besides, it’s a Sunday afternoon. I answer. 

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Day 31 - What are YOU Doing?

On a Saturday afternoon I was driving back from my dad’s place after dropping 12 boxes of medical supplies donated to Ukraine via Maple Hope from a medical warehouse owned by the ex-boss of the ex-boyfriend of my (current!) landscape designer. Everybody pitches in with whatever they can, and it’s so heartwarming to see. Our dispatchers brought warm clothes and gave money, my skater friend got gym passes and medical supplies from her fitness store, etc etc etc. I was driving and thinking how grateful I was for everyone’s support, regardless if one had any prior connection Ukraine.

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Day 25 - Dedicating My Airshows to Ukraine

Since the first days of the way my regret that that… I was not MIG-29 type rated. But then I thought maybe I can do even better

Many people in Canada and the United States want to help, but don’t know where and how. Many people come to airshows, admire the technology and skill – wishing it was used to save lives. Maybe now it can!

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Day 20 - Do What You Can

To the surprise of the entire world, Ukraine is fearlessly holding Russian advances back. But as much as the entire world is encouraged and inspired by the Ukrainians, we often feel helpless wanting but now knowing how to help. Here is a message that may answer it for you. 

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Day 7 - I’ve Lost People

 

It seems like staying physically away from the war zone must be easier. And I don’t even dare comparing my situation to that of people are hiding right now in bunkers in Ukraine. But still wanted to share with you here a “brief inventory” why I don’t have any fuzzy feelings left to that centre of the world’s evil called russia.

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Day 1 - It's a War!

 

February 24, 2022. 4am. It’s still a bit chilly, just below freezing. But no rain or snow today, just some clouds. The city is sleepy, and the first cars start moving - early morning delivery and bakery workers. Someone comes back home from a late party. Someone is just leaving the hospital after their night shift working. Kids are finishing up their last morning dreams before having to wake up for school….

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