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Ivan Smirnov

Ryazan, Ryazan Oblast, Russian Federation

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Overview

  • 117 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning Spanish
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Explorer
  • Computer Science, Some Languages and...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Experience a world of wonders

ABOUT ME

I have visited the following countries as of December 2011
I'm a traveller by lifestyle, I seek new cultures, foods, people and experiences. I left home in March 2009 and have been on the road for three years. I've taken three big trips since then and lived in Canada in between.After leaving Australia, I started my overland travels in South East Asia, visiting the following countries:Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, China, (Tibet), Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, (Nagorno-Karabakh), Georgia, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Turkey, Northern Cyprus, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Germany, USA and Canada.After arriving in Canada, I thought it was a magical place, stayed, made friends, hosted a lot of people and explored the country.In December 2010, I started my second big journey, the great North American road trip. I purchased a car with a friend in Vancouver and we drove it for two months in USA, four months in Mexico and then a few weeks in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.I've had the pleasure of traveling with my family. After almost three years not seeing my mum, I flew to Germany where we started to travel Europe together. After she left, I continued solo, visiting the following countries:Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine.I have a travel blog where I write about my adventures, including how I was pickpocketed in Cambodia, snuck into Tibet, was almost setup drug smuggling heroin, tried to cross a war zone in the Caucasus and celebrated Christmas in Bethlehem.I'm a traveller, an explorer, an adventurer, a photographer and a lover of art and music.I've met plenty of amazing people in my travels and hope that I am one of the amazing people you meet.

PHILOSOPHY

The most fun happens when you make it up as you go, don't pre plan your life and take all challenges in stride. It's all good.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've hosted several hundred people over five countries. I've also organised CS events for local surfers and travelers.

I've attended plenty of CS trips and meetups.
When traveling, I love meeting couch surfers and seeing their points of view, their cultures and their lives.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

* Couchsurfed with a family of Chess champions in Kyrgyzstan
* One host turned his house into a CS house, even if he's not home, he tells the neighbours to let them in, lends them his car and leaves them food and maps of places to explore.
* I have couchsurfed all over the world, a last minute host picked me up ten minutes after I messaged
* Couchsurfing dinner parties for sixty people
* Couchsurfing meets

Interests

Traveling, surfing, guitar, photography, camping, trekking, religions, hitch hiking, snowboarding, vagabonding, cities and the great outdoors.

Music, Movies & Books

Music - check out Matisyahu
Movies - watch Y Tu Mama Tambien and Cidade de deus
Books - read Shantaram

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Spent five years on the road, over 60 countries and in that time:

* Visited Tibet and taught at an English school
* Lived as a farmer in Kyrgyzstan
* Someone attempted to set me up with heroin while crossing from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan
* Swam in the Aral and Dead Seas. Mmm Salty!
* Saw Christmas in Bethlehem
* Partied in the New Year in Dahab on the Red Sea

Teach, Learn, Share

English, Russian and a little guitar. Trying to learn Spanish

Countries I've Visited

Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Palestine, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Canada, Russian Federation, United States

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