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walk with an open heart
I'm Anastassiya (short form Ana) and I'd describe myself as an Austrian with Russian roots.
It's been a while since I was on CS, because I needed time to finish university and getting used to the busy PhD life. However, I think that Couchsurfing is a great idea and an unique opportunity to get to see new places and get to know very interesting people. By now, I had just the best experiences.
Currently, I'm doing environmental research, which I think is very cool and gives me a feeling of doing something useful and interesting.
I also believe that music is a fantastic way of communication. Therefore I enjoy it a lot to go to concerts, meet people and dance.
Walking and cycling around for hours is a hobby. This is the best way to get to know a place and the people there (even my home town).
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Jin from South Korea
Alvin from China
Andres from Argentina
Michael from Lithuania
Gönen from Turkey
Dodo from Croatia
Wan and Cyrill from France
Tuerkay from Turkey
Milen in Istanbul
Gönen in Dijon
Gil in Lyon
Dia in Athens
I also met several interesting people in Dublin, Odessa, France, Istanbul and of course Vienna.
open-hearted people, music, sports, good books, cooking, history and good talks
Music, Movies, and Books
Right now I'm on a musical expedition. It started with Gypsy Folk music moved smoothly to Funk and Soul and has come to Jazz and classical music now.
Here are some favorits: Björk, Tori Amos, Death Can Dance, Manu Chao, Thievery Coperation, Gnarls Barkley, Massive Attack, Placebo, Amadou&Miriam, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone
Favorit writers: F. Dostojevski, A. Saint-Exupery, B. Brecht, E. Hemingway, O. Wilde, I. Allende, H. Hesse
I don't have a TV since years. This makes it very comfortable to choose which movies you want to see. My pereference goes always for the films from the festivals like Cannes, Berlinale or Viennale.
I search for movies which have a message. For me this means walking out of the cinema and having the feeling that something touched your soul.
Recently I discovered Ingmar Bergman and I like his style very much! (Thanks to Turkay, my CS-friend, for this great recommendation!)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
listen to the azhan at 5 a.m in Istanbul, traveling thousends of km through Russia, watching the sunrise over the bay of Dubrovnik
What I Can Share with Hosts
I hosted a lot myself and unterstand what it means to let people sleep on my couch. Therefore, you can expect from me a lot of gratefullness, help, exchange of recepies (I'm a chemist, so cooking is more than a hobby, it's passion.), interesting talks and respect.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In