Lola Nikitina and David Heslin

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning French, Ukrainian
  • 27, Other
  • Member since 2012
  • David: Writer/DVD shelf-stacker; Lola: Photographer in tr...
  • David: In the midst of a journalism degree at Monash Univ...
  • From David: Canberra, Australia; Lola: Kharkov, Ukraine
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About Me


To engage in horizontal inactivity on various strangers' furniture.


David is an aspiring poet, political writer and reluctant journalist with an enthusiasm for cinema and a desire to do something meaningful. He enjoys philosophical conversation and laughs at television serials such as Peep Show. A perfect day for him might involve exploring an abandoned building, buying a guinea pig and seeing a Bergman double bill at the cinema.

Lola is a Soviet Union-spawned artist/photographer with a passion for cinema, visual and performance art and psychodrama. She sits on the Melbourne Cinematheque committee and has taken part in organising cultural events including the local Russian Film Festival and Czech and Slovak FIlm Festival. She speaks Russian and English fluently, gets by in Ukrainian and can probably ask where the toilet is in French. Her hula-hooping skills are, in the words of a friend, "not bad".

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Our current place has plenty of space for potential surfers, including a spare room with a double bed and a big couch in the living room.

We are both studying at the moment, and mostly are hosting, but would love to surf once in a while in other Australian cities and hopefully one day overseas. Lola is also interested in meeting people to show around Melbourne and have interesting photoshoots and David is happy to play tennis and show the way of Australian football to Europeans.


We had great people staying with us, swims in the Half Moon Bay and battles of Settlers of Catan.


David: Cinema, poetry, urban exploration, friendly intellectual debate, philosophy, small furry animals, football (?), compiling lists.

Lola: Theatre, cinema, psychodrama, opera, visual art, human behaviour, feminism, samoyeds, geekery, not football, Red Dwarf.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Films by Bergman, Tarkovsky, Rohmer, Rivette, Svankmajer, Haneke, Lynch, Kubrick or Mike Leigh; Withnail & I, Eraserhead, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Stranger than Paradise, Blow-Up, Edvard Munch, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeouisie
Music: The Cure, The Smiths, Radiohead, Portishead, Neutral Milk Hotel, Crystal Castles, The Drones, Sigur Ros
Books: 1984, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Cat's Cradle, High Fidelity, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Guinea pigs

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