chasing extreme dreams

Back in 2016, I had decided that I was quite bored of living in a city, and working for an investment fund. I was becoming quite lazy – essentially losing my will to do anything positive or life-changing for myself.

I was so focused on short-term, less than fulfilling, distractions, such as social media, and socialising in general, that I believe I was depressed. This led to me worrying about where I was in my life – that there was a lot still missing; that I should be EXPERIENCING more – LIVING life, and LOVING it.

When I look back at my social media posts from that period, I cringe at how openly depressed I blatantly was… and yet I didn’t realise it at the time.

As I grew up in the Middle East, and didn’t start camping or appreciating the outdoors until my late teens and early thirties, I had a real desire to get out, to be with nature for a longer period of time than just a walk or jog.

It wasn’t enough for me to get in a car, on a bike, or a train, to head up north to the Mullerthal region of Luxembourg – a beautiful part of the country that boasts wooden walkways and bridges winding through rich green flora and a ragged, stone landscape tamed by winding, man-made roads. There were also people around – a lot of bikers, cyclists, hikers and their children – enjoying a ramble together.

I didn’t want to be a part of that, alone.

Moreover, I love challenges. I love wide open spaces. I love extremes. I love learning. I love nature. And I love adventures.

My mind meandered to Scandinavia – an ex was Swedish, one of my best mates is Danish, and another Norwegian. I have a lot of Scandinavian, Icelandic and Finnish friends. I also knew that I wasn’t exactly well-prepared to survive in any extreme environment, and that I would need some help. I thought of my outdoor training earlier in the year, also called “survival training” – to anyone who isn’t of Scandinavian decent anyways, lol.

In January 2016 I headed up to Östersund, Sweden, with a group of 17 people – 3 seasoned outdoor experts, and 14 of us with almost no knowledge of sleeping outdoors, let alone surviving. Not to forget the weather, which was a cold but dry -24°C!

It is possibly one of the most memorable weeks of my life to date… 16 strangers and I; 14 of us stayed in a wood cabin by a frozen lake, with no running water or electricity. Fortunately they did provide a gas canister, so we could cook on the barely functioning gas stove in the small kitchen for the whole group, instead of each trying to make our own food – which would have been an absolute nightmare considering the tight circumstances and extremes!

From husky sledding and snowmobiling, to snow cave digging and firemaking – we had to work as a team. It as pretty awesome – and I’m sure we all learned something about ourselves that week.

Here are some of the best moments I caught on camera – I hope you enjoy this adventure 🙂

One love,

Jojo xx

#nofilter #noedit in any photos

If you have any questions at all, please post them in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Contact Survival School UK and Intrepid Expeditions UK to find out how you might enjoy a lifetime experience like this.

Written and photographic content is © All rights are reserved. January 2017.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. John says:

    We just read your beautiful blog and much appreciated the lovely photographs, especially the one with the sunset, footprints in the snow and small tree covered in snow and ice. You obviously loved the huskies too. We had a dog called Rex, half Welsh collie, which had one blue and one brown eye like one of the huskies you photographed. Looking forward to reading about your next adventure!

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    1. JojoBean says:

      Aww thank you!

      Yes, I am in the process of writing up the next one – I hope you both like the new look and feel of the blog; a more lively and positive affair I feel! I have so many photos and stories to get through, lol… a lot of catching up to do! There will probably be a story on Portugal too 😀


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