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Katia Uspenskaya

St Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Overview

  • 65 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish; learning Chinese
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Translator, eco-project manager and ...
  • Environmental Sciences at St.Petersb...
  • From St Petersburg, St Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To get out of the post-travel funk

ABOUT ME Hi folks! I normally couchsurf and host together with my husband Jorgie (https://www.couchsurfing.org/people/jorgieviento/). We're not your Russian or Puerto Rican stereotype, we don't drink vodka or dance reggaeton. But we are responsible travelers with a bunch of diverse interests and skills to share and pretty nice hosts, as far as I can judge). We move around by hitchhiking and cheap buses, cook vegan food from what we find at local markets and spend quality time with our hosts and guests. We love hiking, sharing recipes, Jorgie writes and plays music (you can check out his songs at jorgieviento.com)

Update: well, for a few months it will be me and my mom (who loves hosting CS people btw).

NB! If you are two people traveling together I'd like for both of you to have a CS account (one shared account if you're a couple etc works just fine). I just want to make sure that the other person understands what CS is about to avoid any misunderstanding. Thanks!

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I totally love all things freegan, and the whole idea of CS, so here's my little contribution. Here you'll always get at least a place to sleep, a shower and some food, but I don't like being treated just like a hostel. Btw I'm vegan, and other vegans (as well as non-vegans) are veeery welcome! I love spending quality time with my guests, showing them around and cooking together. I'm a big tree- and people hugger, but I do respect their boundaries:)

PHILOSOPHY

Practice random kindness. Be poor, it's cheaper. Do. Or do not. There is no try. (Master Yoda)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I host and surf, duh...

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've used Hospitality Club since 2005 and have hosted and visited so many amazing people. Then I got this profile due to HC slowly dying... I have a few friends who are active in CS, so we went to a CS meeting (in Venezuela) together, and I've happily used this instead ever since. Now I am contemplating about moving to another platform, like bewelcome, or something like that. CS's aggressive marketing is getting way too annoying and is working against the community.

Interests

Environmental sciences, animal rights, political economy, diy, arts and crafts, freeganism (dirty stuff like dumpster diving, hehe...), simple living, drifting, being a clochard, linguistics and constructed languages, medieval, WW1 and contemporary history, conference tourism, tea ceremonies, hiking and camping, Chinese language...

Music, Movies & Books

Currently: Bruce Lee movies and various documentaries, and I'm getting addicted to Nigerian movies (and their epic special fx!!!) Heavy music (and any that has bagpipes in it), ladies growling are a plus. Faves at the moment: She Keeps Bees!!, Nina Hagen, Sainkho Namtchylak, Salome, Otep, Septic Flesh, Skyforger, Les Ramoneurs de Menhirs, Korppiklaani and Angizia. As for books: a compilation by Victor Pelevin and a study book on Dialectical Materialism. And I keep rereading Anatole France over and over again along with books on philosophy of grammar and other obscure subjects like that. Right now I am reading Junot Diaz, and he's awesome. But I'm actually looking forward to discover awesome contemporary female authors who do not write about relationships, maybe you can recommend me some?

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Spent two weeks with FARC people in Venezuelan jungle, almost died from drinking water from Socuy river and got healed by a local shaman.

The awkward moment when you hike in the mountains of Tajikistan and see a very narrow path right on the edge of the mountain, taking which seems completely suicidal. And then you see an old dude on a donkey (!) laden with huge sacks calmly passing by and taking that same path as if for the 10000th time... And then you realize that all your fears and "I can't"'s are bullcrap.

People´s hospitality and the ability to go out of their way to help you out never ceases to amaze me.

The story of how I met my husband is quite amazing.

Anyway, I believe the quantity of amazing-ness in the world depends on one's openness to seeing it.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can show you how to cook cruelty-free food, show some basic yoga or teach all sorts of handicrafts. Mine is yours, we share what we got.

What I Can Share With Hosts

We are pretty open for suggestions and are ready to contribute with our skills or mere workforce if necessary. We love cooking together with/for our hosts and take part in their activities when invited:) And we normally carry a portable Chinese tea ceremony set with us wherever we go, so if you like having your morning pu erh - we are your people.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United States, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Countries I've Lived In

Norway, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation

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