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  • Fluent in English; learning Russian, Spanish, Swahili
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Engineer, Writer, Philosopher
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • From Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine --> San Jose, CA
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About Me


To learn, grow, reflect, and meet people :)


A good way to learn more about me:

I'm currently planning/in the middle of a trip across the country. I graduated with a bachelors in Robotics in December 2012, though I spent 3 months of that living in rural Kenya, and another year and a half researching human development & education.

I'm trying to meet people, see the country, experience local cultures as authentically as possible, and have the chance to philosophize with as many people as I can.

While I don't have a lot to share, I am happy to brew tea for you as well as share what I know of the topic, teach you how to make borsht (traditional Russian peasant soup, the food of my ancestors), swap exercise ideas (I'm into non-traditional extreme calisthenics) or explore the city together. I am also always happy to help out with cooking, cleaning, or other household chores, and very excited to get involved in the local scene whereever I go.

Hope to meet you soon!
-Boris Taratutin


Take advantage of every opportunity given to you.
Be open to new experiences.
Think, Do, Reflect
All life is an experiment
You can learn something from everyone
Life is incredible

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I just joined the CS community - but am looking forward to getting involved in the local couch surfing communities, meeting new people, and hopefully hosting some too!


Have couchsurfed many times with friends just-met and friends of friends in Seattle, Albuquerque, San Francisco, and across the U.S. Only hosted once, but want to get involved more :)


There is pretty much nothing that I am not interested in

Professional Interests:
Sustainability, Design, Software Engineering (data, AI, startups), Entrepreneurship, International Development

Pottery, tea, coffee, non-traditional calisthenic exercises, partner acrobatics, walking, cello, hand drumming, baking bread, programming, chalk art, exploring, traveling

  • arts
  • design
  • education
  • dining
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • baking
  • exercise
  • walking
  • flying
  • electronics
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • pottery
  • surfing
  • teaching
  • engineering
  • entrepreneurship
  • software

Music, Movies, and Books

Count of Monte Cristo,
Les Miserables,
Uncle Tom's Cabin,
Fahrenheit 451,
The Circuit,
The Omnivore's Dilemma

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

"Amazing" is in the eye of the beholder of course, but I have a number of stories I am happy to share:
* Meeting someone on a train, talking for an hour, then flying to Mexico to visit them
* Moving to Africa with only 3 contacts, none of whom I had ever met and living there for 3 months with a family
* Trying to walk across Massachusetts
* Collecting people's life stories and core life philosophies and looking at the lessons across them
* Stories from other travels: hidden cities in Spain, LA-sized craters in Kenya, Cape Cod's secrets, etc. (also, would love to hear yours!)

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: tea (brewing, types, ceremony - I have in the past auctioned off my tea ceremony in charity auctions and am happy to share!), how to make borsht (traditional Russian peasant beet soup), non-traditional intensive calisthenic workouts (my own personal brand), and assorted engineering stuff (building, microcontrollers, programming, electronics, etc.)

Share: philosophy, conversations, stories, tea, kale smoothies, any food or items I have on me

Learn: anything, everything!

Countries I’ve Visited

Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Kenya, United States

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