Love is love in Norilsk! Above any other consideration –even living under Extreme Conditions

When it comes down to matters of the heart, you really cannot predict where life takes you. As Hugh Grant very aptly quoted in the heartwarming movie, Love Actually;

“General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

To assume that living under extreme conditions will affect your probability of finding love is ridiculous. You could be stranded on a desert island and you will find yourself drawn to a certain someone because that’s how the human heart is.


Norilsk, one of the northern most cities in the world, has been the unfortunate victim of misinformed stereotyping. Many straight up imagine Norilsk to be a cold, gloomy, isolated, and inaccessible city with no ties with the outside world. For this reason, many foreigners have erased Norilsk off of their travel itineraries. What is true is the exact opposite of that. Norilsk is a city with a population of 177,000 people, all of whom love this city for its crude and raw beauty as well as rich historical background. Home to strong and beautiful souls, isolated cities such as Norilsk, your chances of meeting the love of your life are just as high as in any other city.

We as human beings are always looking for the one; a person who completes us mind, body, and soul. We know our flaws and shortcomings. Thus, the contentment and satisfaction that comes from simply knowing that we have someone who make us feel even moderately “perfect” is the concept and ideology that drives us to search for the best possible partner we can find for ourselves. We spend years focusing on finding the person who ticks off the most points from our imaginary lists of attributes to look for in a partner. We focus on finding a soul mate. In the process, we tend to love focus on what is really important which is mutual understanding and compatibility.


Perfection is as much of a myth as the Loch Ness monster. Stop trying to live your life like it is a movie because life is not perfect. It is flawed, it is tough, it is unpredictable, and that is what makes it so beautiful. Give your heart a chance. Let loose of all the societal norms that are holding you back from exploring your options. Do not complicate love for it is simple. The love of your life could be waiting just around the corner regardless of whether you live in a big city or small isolated cold town.