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Accidental moments are the best: Lithuanian basketball; Finnish orchestra rehearsal; accidental Solidarity 30 Years :)
I'm an introvert, so I have to struggle to live up to my own mission: to connect with people in the places where I travel. :)
In varietate concordia.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
8 Jun 2011 - hosted Anton, Dariia, Nastia, Maryna, Nadia and Vitaliy from Ukraine
12 Jun 2011 - hosted Bradford from Stanford
26-28 Aug 2011 - hosted Zhuo and Ee from China
Aug 2011-Jul 2012 hosted Anne from Hamburg m so grateful for your amazing hospitality and friendship!
History (20th century, esp. WWI and cold war); languages and linguistics; politics; women's issues; LGBT issues; comparative religion; science & technology; culture; music; my Russkiye tsvetnyye bolonki!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Watched the Lithuania men's national basketball team in the FIBA world championship semi-finals vs. USA, in a basement bar in Vilnius with CSers from Sweden, Australia, Poland, Germany and many locals. I got invited to the viewing party after attending a CS meetup the night before. YES I CHEERED FOR LITHUANIA!!
Teach, Learn, Share
I aspire to learn in every local language, in this order: thank you, the variation of "excuse me" that means "I'm sorry (e.g., that I trod on your foot)", please, and "I don't speak [this language]". I hate hate hate having to ask "do you speak English?" but if I have to, I try to at least do THAT in the local language as well. I don't always manage to say any of these things successfully, but I hope to show that I am willing to make an effort. Better than a Canadian flag patch. ;)
Countries I’ve Visited
Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In