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“Life Offline”

Urban people are always on the look-out for new, one of a kind, mind-blowing experience. Clever Girl is not much different in this aspect from others. She loves indulging herself in innovative and exciting ways of spending free time or collecting good memories for the future when she is old, tired and, probably, wrinkled.

Since Clever Girl was a little, but already clever, the girl she has always been into bright lights of the city and fast-paced life of ever-changing city landscape.

She was never a country girl; even a small thought of having to visit her family in the countryside was sending shivers down her spine and giving her instant depression.

However, this summer against her own will her husband decided to take her on a real-life adventure to the deep countryside where some people still farm the way their fathers and grandfathers did.

With a heavy heart, Clever Girl packed her designers bags and left the city behind only to discover that the disconnection from the Internet for a whole 48 hours was what she needed the most. The Internet-free countryside put the entire experience into an entirely different perspective.

For the whole two days she was offline, and for the first time in a long time she felt relaxed and didn’t jump every time her phone made any noise. In fact, her phone was blissfully silent. She went on walks with her children and picked wild berries not thinking or fearing unanswered emails piling up, phone calls not being answered and must-be-done-yesterday projects waiting for her around each corner of the house.

She was calm and composed for the whole two days.

However, the moment she drove back to the city and got connected once again the calmness vanished instantly, replaced by frustration about the Internet speed. She immediately was back in full swing, checking emails, the best of the best and FB for updates. Now, she was back in the city, so she had to be a full-time city girl.


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Magda Olchawska is an award-winning independent filmmaker, writer and screenwriter. She writes not only about making films and writing but also about financially independent and sustainable lifestyle. Her current projects include Ecotopia Universe and School Runs.

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