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  • 169 references 152 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning Spanish, Turkish
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Dreamer
  • novels, history books and man pages
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


Rock the bells


I strive to be a little knowledgeable about everything. So I'll try just about anything. I think I seek out discomfort sometimes.


"Wherever you go, there you are."
Kindness is its own reward.
In life I am struggling not to get into a rut.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I like hosting and showing people around. Meeting new people is fun and couch surfing has allowed me to meet some very interesting people. Of course it's also nice to have a place to stay and company when traveling and I like to pay it forward.


House and techno music/parties (I have a sizable record collection). Contemporary literature. Drinking tea.
Pickup soccer. Table Tennis. Ultimate frisbee. Board games.
Abandoned places. Waterfalls. Community spaces.

  • board games
  • music
  • cycling
  • soccer
  • table tennis
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

music: house/disco, brass bands, noise, girl band jangle pop
film: low budget documentary fictions
books: icelandic sagas, critiques of capitalism, Elif Batuman

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Going up to a mountain pass in the Dolomites and then riding all the way down through tunnels - water dripping from the ceiling; cars growling far behind; wind in my ears.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'll take you on a bike ride around Richmond, I have one extra bicycle.

I would like to practice Turkish and Spanish though I'm embarrassed to make mistakes - help me.

Teach me how to cook a dish. I may have some Russian treats for you or a vegetarian meal.

What I Can Share with Hosts

My sparkling personality (not really)

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Morocco, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Kazakhstan, Turkey, United States

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