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I just signed up for a new job, so now I'm in the process of moving to Lausanne, Switzerland.
I love traveling light and learning foreign languages (I'm functional in Italian and Russian but I always try to learn the language wherever I am). I try to blend in when I go to a new place, but lean iconoclast at heart, whether home or abroad.
I am awed by the beauty of nature, and training as a scientist only deepened that. I love being creative and enjoy life. I have a lot in common with hippies because when it comes down to it, equality, understanding others, peace, love, freedom - that's all common sense!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have been using Hospitality Club/Couchsurfing for a while. I'm grateful it's enabled me to learn so much about different cultures and ways of life because of it and to share so many unforgettable experiences.
Back when I had fewer commitments, I used to travel a lot. Then when I was tied down to one place for grad school, I could bring the world to me by hosting. :) At the moment I'm in transition (moving to Switzerland) but I'm hoping to start hosting once I'm settled.
Exploring, getting to know people, cooperative living, rock climbing, snowboarding, biking, nature, dancing (swing and blues mainly, but latin dances too), orchestras, piano, composing. i.e. music! hitchhiking, movies, chess, history and politics, languages, gradually lengthening lists
Music, Movies, and Books
Prokofiev, Spirited Away, Master and Margarita
... are my rapid fire answers, lots of other things too of course.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had an American friend I lost contact with and thought I'd never see again. One day, at a metro station in Moscow, I was on the down escalator, and he passed me on the up escalator. Blew my mind.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Israel, Italy, Russian Federation, United States