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  • 14 References 8 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning Japanese
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2009
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  • Colby College
  • From Otradny, Samara Oblast, Russian Federation
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About Me

I recently found my home in Portland, Maine, and love exploring the state.
I live with my husband Tanner who is a musician. My latest interest has been building memory palaces in my head in order to memorize new vocabulary. Tanner in his free time enjoys strumming or bowing one of his string instruments, experimenting with bridge set-ups, doodling, and recording music.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I wanted to meet local people in the towns I visited while traveling. It incredibly enriched my experience of being in each new place.


Reading, hiking, berry picking, dancing, singing, poetry reading, translating, biking

  • poetry
  • singing
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • chocolate
  • reading
  • socializing
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming

Music, Movies, and Books

My all-time favorite is the story and animation Hedgehog in the Fog and by Yuriy Norshteyn.
Authors: Lisa Genova, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Sergey Kozlov, Oliver Sacks, Henry David Thoreau, Alessandro Baricco, Milan Kundera, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Animation by: Yuriy Norshteyn and Hayao Miyazaki
Movies: American Beauty, Moulin Rouge, What Dreams May Come, Pan's Labyrinth, Juno, A Beautiful Mind, The Dreamers

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spending a day with a friend in Naha looking for a Ryukyu glass with bubbles that form a wave. The great finale was my friend buying a couple of glasses that were made for each other, one that looked like a sunset and another one that resembled a starry night.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Russian, swimming, how to cook Russian chocolate potatoes and herring under fur coat, elementary Japanese. I have taught some of my friends ice-skating, though I am really somewhat of a beginner myself.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Japan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States

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