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Irina Kareva

Boston, MA, USA

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Overview

  • 41 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning French, German, Italian
  • 29, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • doing research, dancing Argentine ta...
  • Bachelor's in math and music, PhD in...
  • From Moscow, Russia, but been in US since 2000
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

do what needs to be done and everything will work out just fine

ABOUT ME

If I found out that the world will end in three hours, I would grab my closest friends and go have a nice long cup of coffee.

What I studied in grad school is officially called "applied mathematics" or "mathematical biology", which simply means that neither mathematicians nor biologists would ever take me for their own. I am somewhere in the middle, not quite proving theorems but also not doing cell culture - I am trying to find answers to biological questions using mathematical methods.
I'm currently continuing with the same line of work in a research lab in the beautiful town of Boston.

I've worked in a biological lab for several years, doing all sorts of bench work. It was fun.

I'm what is called "a classically trained singer". More than solo work, I love singing in quartets and other such small ensembles. It gives the feeling of being part of a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts.

I dance. At first I did some ballroom but now I am getting more and more into Argentine tango. It's addictive, people!

I bike. And camp. And hike. And rock climb. And cave. A lot. I like trying new sports. I recently picked up running, which is surprisingly fun if you know how to pace yourself!

I love observing people, talking to them, trying to figure out what motivates them and how they think.

I sincerely believe that everything works out the way it should, even if it's not what we wanted at first.

PHILOSOPHY

take it one day at a time

don't take anything for granted - then the world will just be full of pleasant surprises

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I surf when I travel and I host when I'm a little more geographically stable.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have surfed and I have hosted.
It has always been from good to fantastic.

Interests

music (mostly classical), independent films, traveling, hanging out, good food, theater, opera, languages, hiking, photography, Argentine tango

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Regina Spektor, Sigur Ros, Philip Glass, classical music, good pop with a good beat

Books: Kundera, Vian, Dostoyevsky, Nabokov, Strugatsky brothers, Auden, Boell

Movies: in style of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Amelie", "Brazil", "One flew over the cuckoo's nest", "Solaris", "When Harry met Sally", "Cabaret", "Being John Malkovich", "Sonnenallee", "Good-bye Lenin".

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I went down into Grand Canyon and even made it back! It was a 3-day trip and yes, I am definitely planning to do it again.
I've sung in Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall.
I lived for a year in Vienna.
I couchsurf - I think that is pretty amazing.

Countries I've Visited

Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Russian Federation, United States

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