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Irina Degtiar

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

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  • 26 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, German, Russian; learning Spanish
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • PhD student in biostatistics
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & ...
  • From Menlo Park, CA & others
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About Me


Figure out what adventure I want to start next


Hmm...hard to sum up a person in a few words. What I love most are the daily adventures, the interesting people you meet, the new ideas you come across in your daily life, whether you're traveling or at home. And what makes up a big part of my life is dancing: swing, salsa, jazz, modern, blues, tango, and I've tried a myriad other styles. It's also my goal to learn as many languages and experience as many cultures as possible during my life. Ahora estoy aprendiendo el Español!


Do what makes you happy and you will make the world happy.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I heard about couch surfing right before leaving for a study abroad program in Berlin. I love all the people I met during my travels in Europe, who really inspired me to get involved with the community. I've since surfed extensively throughout South America. After settling into Ann Arbor, I'll see if I'll be able to make time to host as well!


Wonderful--surfed throughout Europe and South America and met people who defined my adventures. The people you meet via couchsurfing don't have to be just "hello-and-goodbye" friends.


Dance: swing, salsa, jazz, modern, blues, tango, & I want to try as many styles as possible during my life. Badminton, anything outdoors (hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, etc.), art appreciation, learning different languages & cultures, FOOD!

Music, Movies & Books

Too many. Movies: Everything is Illuminated, Juno, Donnie Darko, El laberinto del fauno, Paris je t'aime...
Music: rock, jazz, blues, some electronic, classical, musicals--almost everything. Favorites are Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Philip Glass, Океан Ельзи, OneRepublic, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Jack Johnson, Daddy Yankee.
Books: Kiterunner, Golden Compass series, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (not the sci-fi), Harry Potter :)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Wicked, the first broadway musical I saw, was truly awe-inspiring.

Bioluminescence in Puerto Rico was unbelievable - felt like you were being animated!

Teach, Learn, Share

I could teach you how to dance swing, blues, salsa, or tango :) Or a few words in English, Russian, or German. Me encantaria practicar uno de los idiomas que conozco contigo/ich würdegerne eine meiner Sprachen mit dir üben/я бы с удовольствием практиковала один из моих языков с тобой

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Germany, Ukraine, United States

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