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Overview

  • 97 references 71 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian, Scots
  • 49, Female
  • Member since 2015
  • architectural design and construction
  • master's degree
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

FOR NEW CSers , and for CSers who NEVER HOSTED before:

I will NOT accept friend request!
I will NOT answer, unless your request is traveling related.

If you request to stay,
you MUST read only " my house" section :

A. If you using sell phone CSing app, please click on blue colored words above : " Read more"
Or

B. If you using computer, click on " My Home" section.

Please read only:
"Read more/My home" section.
Up to "Additional information".

EVERYTHING else written on this page below, or on "Home" page under "Additional information" - don't even bother to read.

I repeat: don't read ANYTHING else!
It is all written for wierd people, like me, who are on CSing for friendships.

FOR HOSTS:
If you are thinking about hosting me, please do not read my long profile! It sooo long that you will forget all about your good intentions :-)

Our big family can host you in Houston Texas or in Scotland: Aberdeenshire.
A lot of my references " from hosts" are from meet ups. Because when I traveling, I use " experience" filter to find local CSers to meet up with.

LOOKING FOR ADVICES from locals:
where to go, what to see, what to eat!!!
I will be glad to meet up with locals.

FOR TRAVEL BUDDIES:
Looking for a company,
to join me in my travels. I would like to rent car together, (or I will pay for gas and extras if you already have a car,)- to see pretty architecture and nature nearby. With females we can stay at same hotel room, at different beds.

DO YOU KNOW A MARINE (Hydrotechnical)
ENGINEER?
I need advice for building in Bahamas, to resist hurricane surge wave, what is as powerful as tsunami wave :-(
Examples of Hydrotechnical engineering in the real world include the design and construction of warfs, docks, jetties, dams...
To get information how to build at hurricane prone zones. Anyone can give advice on this subject? Or knows someone who does know?
Storm surge when sea rises from hurricane.
Deep piles foundations, with angled piles:+ corrosion from sea water+ lateral forces from surge wave.

I want to go for AIDF GLOBAL SUMMIT.
Want to get in contact with institutions like:
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Chinese Academy of Sciences
University of Southern Mississippi
CICESE
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute
Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO)
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography - University of Georgia
Geochemical and Environmental Research Group - Texas A&M University
Ocean Frontier Institute

I missed out in 2019, but hope to attend next year conference :
In San Diego
https://www.oceanologyinternationalamericas.com/whats-on

Intresred in corrosion and fire resistant materials and metals alloys.
High wind (hurricane) resistant construction.
And again: how to build foundation for structure right next to the beach, on sand and lime, with danger of tsunami and hurricane waves.

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Someday I want to see:
https://www.skyscanner.net/news/38-amazing-game-thrones-locations-pictures
http://lifestyledesignmag.com/22-unbelievable-places-that-really-do-exist/
http://lifestyledesignmag.com/25-scary-places-give-you-the-creeps/

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Written below is FOR CSers, who for some strange reason are interested in my personality as host/ guest/ travel buddy.
But you don't have to read it. I wrote it because I was stack in airports for too often, and too long. And because I made few friends, who read this boring staff and liked boring me.

Pictures of my house, are a joke! It is a palace, and not mine (unfortunately). Tuna is all 500 pounds real. My daughter's tuna was 421. My husband's tuna was 983.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I had offered my house for free many times and to many strangers before I discovered this site. My husband would say: "too many". It was mostly women, - family violence victims. (I was physically abused by my ex too,many years ago). We are not only sharing our houses, we are helping financially too: food, transportation, clothing to abused women. My husband jokes that I often find "waifs and strays" people on the streets and bring them home. (And he has to feed them). Now, thanks to CS website,- I improved: I can find all kind of people without even leaving my house,- on internet. Do you know where you can find a stray person or a stray horse?,- On amazing place called Internet.

The longest guest in our house was a penniless girl with an ankle bracelet(she was accused of conspiracy). She spent 9 months together with us in our house in Houston TX USA.

I hosted, at my family's houses, in different countries. In Canada, were we used to live. Some in Houston. Some in Scotland.

Percentage of "bad apples" what I hosted, - is not bad! Only 2 was not nice , and only one was a nightmare (out of my 31 CSing guests, in past 2 years). It is probably the same everywhere else in life: at work, at uni, at neighborhood, and even in family. I will try my best not to end up with unpleasant people, - for this reason, I ask to arrange a phone or Skype BEFORE hosting or being hosted!

If you are by any chance reading my profile because you got request from Noel,- here is link about my negative reference, with my side of the story:
https://www.couchsurfing.com/groups/7800/threads/22649938

Interests

My trips usually starts with search for .... stop overs. Since I live in 2 or 3 countries each year, whatever it is time to fly, - I pick a dates and a destination of stopover based on my passions like galleries, gardens or opera.
http://www.wsk.at/en
http://www.qcchoir.org/top10boyschoruses.html
https://bachtrack.com/find-opera
https://www.classictic.com/en/
http://www.europeanchoralassociation.org/all-activities/search-the-calendar/
http://www.choralfestivalnetwork.org/events-2.html
https://www.ifcm.net/news/?filter=events
https://keukenhof.nl/en/

My number 1 bakery is http://peclard-zurich.ch/ It used to be called for 300!!!! hundreds years "Schober".
What is your list of best bakeries and restaurants at your city?

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Music, Movies, and Books

The most notable collections of Rembrandt's work are at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, including The Night Watch and The Jewish Bride, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the National Gallery in London, Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden, The Louvre, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, and Schloss Wilhelmshöhe in Kassel. The Royal Castle in Warsaw displays two paintings by Rembrandt.

Rembrandt's paintings in the United States are housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frick Collection in New York City, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I have done 2 amazing things:

1.Marry the man who happened to be better that my dreams! (After divorce with one, who was physically abusive.) I upgraded from extreme bad to fantastic great.
I am very happy. My husband is a redemption for all bad people or bad things ever happened to me in the past. He is the smartest, funniest, kindest, loveliest human being,- I ever met. I am very fortunate that a best man in the world,-chose me, to be with .
LOVE is not enough word, when it is about my husband. Worship would be more appropriate.
He walked down from Olympus. (Definition of Olympus from dictionary : a mountain, that in Greek mythology is the abode of the gods.)

2. Is giving a birth (easy- only 4 days of labor's pain) ;
and raising (very hard and difficult job -to be a Mom)
My daughter is a part of me: young, pretty and energetic part, what does not exists at my mirror reflection anymore, but does exists when you look at her.
Wonderful and sweet kids often do became monsters during teen years. But sometimes ,- they do slowly turn back to humans. Especially hard it was during my daughter's teenage years, during collapse of my previous marriage.
P.S. My daughter is 27 years old,- so she is almost fully human now :-)

Teach, Learn, Share

1.It is a long list of things what could be shared, but lets talk about what we should not share:No keys needed if you are hosting me,- since I will be every day and all day long being a tourist. The same goes for my guests.
2.Low budget airlines information:
https://www.couchsurfing.com/groups/2687/threads/20663563
3. I am hosting on WorkX and WorkAway websites too, for my construction projects to fix hurricane damaged houses. If you are short of cash and would like to stay a long time, - I suggest you to check out this websites. In some countries law allow you to be paid in cash. In USA and UK,- not, but it allow for host to pay for: food, tickets, transport etc.
4. What is yours favorite links to your favorite subjects? Please share!

What I Can Share with Hosts

When I travel, I would like to get an advice from locals, to find a beautiful things to see and a good places to eat. Every trip should have a gastronomical souvenir of a nice memory!
I always invite my hosts to a restaurants of thier chose.
Because I will have free or low cost place to stay, it will be fare to treat a hosts for a nice restaurants, concerts/opera tickets to go together.
:-) I am not offering to pay for staying, I want to do something to show my appreciation.

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Scotland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States

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