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Well, if you haven't been scared off yet by the rant above (sorry for that, I am just tired of all the generic copy-paste I've seen around here over the years), then here goes the actual info:
Quick facts about me:
1) I have never lived in one country for more than 4 years in a row. I love this lifestyle and plan to continue following it.
2) I prefer to make on the spot decisions. They lead to the greatest experiences.
3) Always say yes.
4) A bit of a party animal, but aging is slowly taking its toll, unfortunately =\
Also, I am Russian and that means:"Russians are a nation inhabiting territory of Russia an ex-USSR countries. Russians enjoy drinking vodka and listening to the bears playing button-accordions. Russians are open- and warm- hearted. They are ready to share their last prianik (russian sweet cookie) with guests, in case lasts encounter that somewhere. Though, it's almost unreal, 'cos russians usually hide their stuff well."(c) urbandictionary
" - You boys going to get somewhere, or just going?
We didn't understand his question, though it was a damned good question."
- Jack Kerouac
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”
– Abraham Lincoln
"Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I give people judgemental looks if they say they haven't heard of CS and thus spread the good word.
Surfed and hosted over 100 times, full list at the end of the page.
Balalaika playing, bear hunting, matreshka painting, vodka drinking - you know, the regular Russian stuff.
In reality, my interests are not as exciting as the mentioned above, but here are a few:
Tech, fintech and all that start up jazz
Talking to strangers
Travelling around (duh)
Music with a reason
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies - No country for old men, Into the Wild, Trainspotting, Harold and Kumar
books - "Generation P" by Pelevin
music - lately mostly a diverse range of electronic and hip hop tunes, but may vary from oldschool rock to dancy pop depending on the mood.
Also, if you know and love Caribou, Jamie XX, Royksopp - we will get along very well, trust me!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Being bitten by a lion... thankfully, it was only a cub!
Hitch-hiked from Rome to Budapest (over 1250 kms) in a day. Insanely lucky!
Cooked shashlik (kind of shish kebab) for 80 people in one evening. Yummy AND noone died after (I hope).
Once I was hitch-hiking from Madrid to Barcelona. I got more than half-way through and decided to catch a bus for the rest of the journey as it was getting pretty late. I got the ticket, hopped on a bus and only after 10 mins through the journey I realised that this bus was in fact going back to Madrid! (the bus driver even checked my ticket before I got in but didn't pay attnetion to the destination written on it)
I have done quite a number of things in my life but nothing as amazingly foolish as this.
Also, I hitch-hiked with a smuggler once.
However, I feel that the the most amazing experiences in my life were related to all the fantastic moments I had with my surfers and host from CouchSurfing, so below comes a list of all the great people I had the pleasure of meeting thanks to this network.
Ayush (India) - 2021
Lusia & Olivier (Russia and France) - May 2018
Olga & Nikita (Russia) - May 2018
Elliot (US) - October 2017
Tivadar (Hungary) - October 2017
Julian (German) - July & October2017
Maxime (France) - April 2017
Aitor (Spain) - March 2017
Yuri (Russia) - March 2017
Lagle (Estonia) - Jan 2017
Sylvain (France) - Dec 2016
Jon (UK) - April 2016
Alvaro & Raquel (Spain) - April 2016
Katharina and Lisa (Germany) - March 2016
Alisa (Finland) - March 2016
Percy (Taiwan) - Feb 2016
Mariem (Tunisia) - Jan 2016
Johntel (USA) - December 2015
Tomas (Lithuania) - November 2015
Romain (France) - October 2015
Philipp and Kimon ( Germany) - September 2015
Almog (Israel) - September 2015
Alexandra (Russia) - September 2015
Rich and Lisa (UK) - March 2015
Gergely (Hungary) - February 2015
Nur and Gizem (Turkey) - February 2015
Sevindj (Kyrgyzstan) - February 2015
Niklas (Germany) - January 2015
Polina (Russia) - January 2015
Laura and Bori (Hungary) - January 2015
Savannah (USA), Johnny (UK) - January 2015
Mirco (Switzerland) - December 2014
Abdifatah (Somalia) - December 2014
Tom (Ireland) - December 2014
Okan (Turkey) - November 2014
Sami, Will, Chris (Autsralia) - October 2014
Aleksander (France) - July 2014
Ivan (Croatia) - March 2014
Benjamin (Germany) - November 2013
Ranger (US) - May 2013
Johannes and Jana (Germany) - March 2013
Linda (Canada) - Feb 2013
Levi (Switzerland) - Dec 2012
Arseniy and Michalina (Russia and Poland) - June 2012
Sophia (USA) - June 2012
Christian (Denmark) - May 2012
Ashley (US) - Feb 2012
Marion (Canada) - Feb 2012
Matheus (Brazil) - Feb-Apr 2012
Elina, Paul, Alya (Russia) - New Year 2012
Ryan (UK) - December 2011
Edward (UK) - November 2011
Romain (France) - November 2011
James (USA) - October 2011
Alexandar (Serbia) - October 2011
Roosa-Liida (Finland) - October 2011
Alexander (Canada) - October 2011
Fernando (Mexico) - July 2011
Bart (Netherlands) - July 2011
Karthik (Malaysia) - June 2011
Claire (USA) - June 2011
Atiq, Humayra (Sylhet, Bangladesh) - April 2017
Victoria (Sao Paulo, Brazil) - Feb 2017
Marku (Helsinki, Finland) - Feb 2016
Sara (Jerusalem, Israel) - January 2015
Roy (Haifa, Israel) - January 2015
Raychel (Tel-Aviv, Israel) - January 2015
Amitai, Udi and Peleg (Tel-Aviv, Israel) - December 2014
Rosanna (Florence, Italy) - August 2014
Frederic (Strasbourg, France) - July 2014
Maya (Luxembourg) - July 2014
Kaya (Warsaw, Poland) - August 2013
Aliona (Brussels, Belgium) - June 2012
Silke (Lisbon, Portugal) - May 2012
Joana and Teresa (Porto, Portugal) - May 2012
Luciara (Salamanca, Spain) - May 2012
Ali (Geneva, Switzerland) - Apr 2012
Joseph (Dusseldorf, Germany) - Feb 2012
Lina (Cologne, Germany) - Feb 2012
Barbara (Cologne, Germany) - Feb 2012
Kay (Frankfurt, Germany) - Feb 2012
Sascha (Frankfurt, Germany) - Feb 2012
Joost and Chris (Eindhoven, Netherlands) - Dec 2011
Frank (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - Dec 2011
Jacob (Brussels, Belgium) - Dec 2011
Tommy (Milano, Italy) - Nov 2011
Mohsen (Milano, Italy) - Nov 2011
Stefano (Bergamo, Italy) - Nov 2011
Leanne (Valencia, Spain) - oct 2011
Alexander (Perm, Russia) - aug 2011
Marius and Nikki (Berlin, Germany) - nov 2010
Stefan (Amsterdam, Netherlands) - aug 2010
Gil (Paris, France) - aug 2010
Mike (Paris, France) - aug 2010
Johntel (US), Joeli (Belgium) - Germany and Denmark - June 2016
Raychel (US) - hitch-hiking around Israel - January 2015
Dorien (Holland), Sasha (UAE) - Camping in UAE - January 2014
Grigory (Russia) - hitch-hiking around Eastern Europe - August 2013
James (England) - Spain and Portugal - May 2012
Tanya (Russia) and James (England) - Spain and Morocco - April 2012
Joeli (Belgium) - Cologne and Dusseldorf, Germany - Feb 2012
Claire (USA), Karthik (Malaysia), Alya (Russia) - Kazan, Russia - June 2011
Joeli (Belgium) - Belgium, France, Netherlands - Aug 2010
Paul, Ivan, Kristina, Alya (Russia)- Novomihaylovskoe, Russia - July 2010
Kristina, Elina (Russia)- Antalya, Turkey - Aug 2009
Moscow CS Invasion - sept 2011
CS lecture - april 2011
Numerous parties and hangouts :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, South Africa, Spain