Valentyna Okhlopkova

Kyiv, Kyiv Province, Ukraine

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About Me


In the Search for Meaning


In everything I want to grasp
The essence underneath the nerve,
In work and on my chosen path
The languor that my heartstrings serve.

The essence of the days long past,
What are their purpose and design?
Which principles, which roots will last,
What core within the ball of twine?

And all the while to hold this string
Of life’s events and sundry fates,
To live, to love, to feel, to think,
To enter new and uncrossed gates.

If I could but elucidate
My passion whole or just in part,
Then I’d describe in lines of eight
What sparks reside within my heart.

Outlaws and sins would be my stars,
Pursuits and flights their lone resort,
And happenstance beguiled by scars
Would hasten palms and elbows forth.

Its law I would uncover bare
And show its source, its wellspring pure,
Its name I would repeat and wear
Upon my sleeve and soul demure.

And verse would grow in gardens mine,
A quiv’ring vein in every patch,
And there would bloom a linden line
Of single file and common back.

This verse would bear a rosy scent
And breaths of mint, and meadowed gaps,
And hay and sedge would too be lent
To scenes beneath my thunder claps.

So did Chopin infuse his staves
With wondrous life in greenest green,
Etudes of parks, of groves, of graves,
Estates which lived behind his sheen.

Both pain and joyous play arise
In all victories achieved,
A bowstring taut before our eyes,
Released in triumph unretrieved.

Pasternak, "Во всем мне хочется дойти"


Be true to yourself.

If you think adventure is dangerous try routine. it is lethal..P.Coelho

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


visited 13 states (5.77%)Create your own visited map of The World or website vertaling duits?


Wind Surfing, Zorbing, Rafting, Ice Cycling, Ikebana, Archeology, Photography, Video Art, Pottery, Jewelry, Up Cycling, Flash Mobs, Psychology, Street Art.

Music, Movies, and Books

Everything Is Illuminated,Black Cat White Cat, Amelie, 7 Samurai, Остров, Кукушка, Baraka, Богиня, Подкидыш, Man with Movie Camera, Mirror, Ghandi, Peaceful Warrior, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, The Lady, The Iron Lady, Desert Flower

Books:"Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl, "The Element" by Ken Robinson, "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", "Omon Ra", "The Tipping Point", "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Solzenytsen, "In Praise of Shadows", "On Photography" by Susan Sontag, "Empire of sings" by Rolan Bart, "Banker to the Poor" by Muhammad Yunus..

Music: Voply Vidoplyasova, Django Reinghart, Pink, Gogol Bordello, Cesaria Evora, Dakha Brakha, Splin, Nino Katamadze, Muse, Mozart, Goran Bregovic, Opera Arias, Blind Boys Of Alabama, Pussy Riot, Nick Cave

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was swimming with wild baby dolphin in the open sea

Near Death Experience

sleeping on the top of Scythian burial mound

I have seen heaven in the child's eyes

I made a paper plane competition with little bhuddist monks on the roof of their monastery:)

Teach, Learn, Share

the art of being

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Egypt, Israel, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Armenia, India, Latvia, South Africa, Ukraine

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