My name is Mika, and I’m a process. I value autonomy, diversity, and conversation, and I’m searching for a global story we could all relate to. While that’s admittedly been a largely passive search, every now and then, I’m reminded of how much that matters. Not Mad Yet is a confused and incomplete attempt to document this process.
In 2016, I left my career as a mathematician in academia to travel and learn more about the world and its inhabitants. Since then, I’ve been conducting long-term, independent, overland travel experiments — cycle touring, hiking, or hitchhiking for several months at a time while maintaining a home base of sorts in Ukraine and cultivating connections online.
In my travels (and in between them), I’ve iteratively played, contemplated, worried, and fucked up talking to people, taking photos, drawing pictures, and writing chronicles, poems, and short stories. I’ve shared a lot of that on this blog, my newsletter, presentations, interviews, and beyond. My most recent project was a 66 days/1000 km-long solo walk around the Ukrainian Carpathians, executed during the 2020 lockdown.
This blog and newsletter are currently on a hiatus. For the next couple of months I’ll be spending some time with close family in Brazil — my first visit in four years.
I do intend to eventually resume wandering and writing regulary. If you’d like to stay in the loop and hear from me when that happens, you may sign up for my newsletter. You’re also invited to follow me on Telegram, where I post more frequently and in smaller bits.
Thank you once again for your visit, and for reading this far 🙂
Odesa, Ukraine, February ’22
Charities Supported by This Project
In Summer 2014, I took the Giving What We Can pledge to donate at least 10% of my gross earnings to the best poverty-relief project I am currently aware of. Since the onset of Not Mad Yet at the end of 2016, I have continued to honor this commitment — I have so far donated $2,766.00 between the Against Malaria Foundation and Give Directly. I have chosen these two organizations on account of their endorsement by GiveWell, an independent nonprofit that carries out thorough charity evaluations, and recommends only the most proven, cost-effective, and transparent charities that can actually use more funds to scale their operation. I’ve written in greater length about why I’ve taken the pledge and decided to talk about it publicly on Why I support Give Directly, Paying it forward, and Give Directly COVID-19 Response Program.
Cycle touring, hitchhiking, hiking, tree-climbing, or any other activity I engage in and write about, like just about any aspect of the human experience, carries risks, known and unknown, that the person undertaking the activity has chosen to accept and take full responsibility for. I am neither entitled to any share of the rewards you might reap from practicing any of those activities nor liable for anything undesirable that might happen to you as a result. Use the information on this website and related resources at your own risk!
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