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!!! CURRENTLY TRAVELLING !!!
If you have a couch to offer (or know someone who has) in Shanghai, Japan (anywhere), Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, please let me know!
Back to London at the end of October 2015.
Et me et mundum circa me meliora facere
I have completed my Bachelor's degree at university, worked in London and then transferred to Moscow.
I generally try to spend more time outside than in front of my laptop, and sometimes there comes a point when everything has to be dropped for a week or two, and I hit the open road and explore the new places. Depending on the time of the year, location and other factors I prefer hitch-hiking, motorcycling or driving.
I am also currently conducting a CS experiment, the results of which will be posted here in the "One Amazing Thing I've Done" section in August 2015 -- watch this space ;)
1) Do not over-complicate things
2) Solve the problems in the course of their appearance
3) Live the life you want. Set the goals. Achieve them.
4) Don't be an unjustified snob. I went to Oxford and know enough already ;-)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Summer 2008: Riga (LV), Warsaw (PL), Berlin and Cologne (DE) and Bruges (BE).
Easter 2009: Bratislava (SK), Budapest (HU), Vienna and Innsbruck (AT).
Summer 2009: Moscow (RU), Lviv (UA), Kraków (PL), Wrocław (PL), Dresden (DE) and Brugge (BE).
Easter 2010: Prague (CZ), Budapest (H), Ljubljana (SLO), San Dona' Di Piave (I), Bergamo (I), Luzern (CH), Reims (F).
Summer 2010: All over Europe
Autumn 2011: USA (Chicago, New York), Canada (Toronto)
October/November 2013, July 2015: Israel (Jerusalem, Tel Aviv)
HOSTED (the links to the individual profiles have gone away with the CS site upgrade, so only the names remain):
Aleksandr and Gintare
Travelling to places I've never been to before;
Cycling - current maximum is 50 miles + 3 hours of swimming in the sea, in one day. All on two salmon sandwiches and a number of litres of water.
Swimming - especially in La Manche in the summer.
Karate - Shotokan, 1st kyu. Bad knee, however, prohibits me from progressing for now :/
Ice-Skating - tends to happen indoors as Britain never has any ice on the streets :o)
Hitch-hiking - UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Canada. The longest single trip - Vienna, Austria to London, England, in 35 hours (ca. 1900km)
Sailing - I had a sailing cruise trip on a 6-person yacht, and absolutely loved it. We went around the south coast of England and the Isle of Wight.
Photography - I am a proud owner of Nikon D90 with a Speedlight SB-600 flash and a 35mm fix lens.
Music, Movies, and Books
Current Music Favourites: Muse, Scorpions, HammerFall, Sonata Arctica
TV Shows: The Apprentice; How I Met Your Mother.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sailed in the Gulf of Finland; got taken out into an open sea and spent 7 hours there in burning sunlight and 1.5-metre waves.
I also did a social experiment on CouchSurfing: before I left on holiday for 2 weeks, I had lots of CouchSurfing requests and thought to myself: "Why don't I put the flat to use while I am away?" So I left keys with the security guys at work, prepared the flat and printed out detailed instructions for couchsurfers regarding their stay: what to see & visit, where to eat, how to change the bedding & how to pass keys to the next couchsurfers.
The experiment went extremely well - I've had lots of nice 'thank you' notes, and the blind trust worked -- nothing has been damaged/lost. Furthermore, I've gained a lot of new connections who are currently travelling and blogging about their adventures -- and I am a part of them :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can cook Spaghetti with Gorgonzola, make a cocoa drink better than any café, teach Russian, teach English, and share lots of stories from travelling, couchsurfing and more.
Additionally, I can take professional photos if I've got my Nikon DSLR with me.
...oh, and I can fix computers ;) lol
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belarus, Russian Federation, United Kingdom