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  • Fluent in English, Russian
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Two university graduates with part time jobs and a great ...
  • Mariya: bachelor in zoology; Keir: double degree in zoolo...
  • From Mariya: Kharkiv, Ukraine; Keir: Invercargill, New Zealand
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About Me


Experience and fun!


We are a couple of uni graduates from Dunedin (the Southern Ediborough) New Zealand, who are about to spend a month in Europe (namely Italy, Turkey and Russia) to see a bit of the world and visit Mariya's relatives in Russia. So we've joined CS to meet interesting people on our journey, and as a result make our first travelling experience fulfilling and memorable.


Work Hard, Play Harder, Live Free
Seize the day! 'Cause life's too short

Its about balance, for us we've both been working so hard at university that we are looking forward to unwinding and doing lots of exploring while we're visting Italy, Turkey and Russia (on this trip).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


We are very new to this! But after our travels we'll be happy to host people from all over the world and show them around our cute student town of Dunedin.


Who hasn't crashed on a friends couch for a night.. ah good times.-Keir

But really, we haven't got any CS experience as of yet. Apart from reading other cool people's profiles and drooling over their vast travelling resume :) - Mariya


Circus performing is big for both of us as well as our love for animals and enjoying life.
Photography will also be quite prolific so I hope you enjoy getting your photo's taken :)

My area of study is based mostly in Pacific archaeology and human skeletal analysis. Basiclly involves dealing with human reamains from archaeological sites (some people don't approve ;(, others are interested :) )
Both Mariya and I are in the fire performing group. We love playing with our spinning fire toys, like poi, contact staff, rope dart and many more, whenever we get a break from study -Keir

My interests are strong in animal behaviour studies. I particularly like exploring the amazing range of emotions and behaviours that animals exhibit in every day life.I'm also passionate about nature conservation and happy hippi style of living.
Fire dance, bellydance, circus, drumming... some of many things that make my heart beat faster -Mariya

  • animals
  • arts
  • photography
  • festivals
  • dancing
  • reading
  • traveling
  • juggling
  • drums

Music, Movies, and Books

Aah there's just too many!!
Examples are
Monty Python, Hannibal, South Park, Futurama, Family Guy, nature doc's by David Attenborough, The Cove, Snatch, Fight Club, Trainspotting, Human Traffic, Layer Cake, Waltz with Bashir, Zombie movies, Tarantino, Into the Wild, The English Patient, $9.99, The Triplets of Belleville, The Children of Men, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 12 Monkeys, Scary movie, The Shining, When you're strange (the new Doors movie), circus performance movies...

The Doors, The Beatles, John Lennon, Led Zepellin, various dubstep, Salmonella Dub, The Black Seeds, Bob Marley, The Queen, John Butler Trio, Tarantino soundtracks, Sade, Tori Amos, The Cat Empire, Ben Harper, Jimmi Hendrix, Ethnic beats and world music...

Books: Hunter S Thompson, William S Burroughs, Kathy Reichs, James Frey, Charles Buckowski, Mikhail Bulgakov, Jonathan Balcombe, Khaled Hosseini, Richard Dawkins, Boris Pasternak, Aleksandr Pushkin, Nikola Gogol....

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I have breathed fire at the tick of midnight in front of hundreds of people at a New Year festival in the middle of the Marlborough Sounds of New Zelaand. - Keir

I have danced by the huge bonfire all night until 6am to the magical beat of african drums - Mariya

Teach, Learn, Share

We can teach some simple fun circus arts (fire spinning, contact juggling), we always want to learn more about everything and if you have an experience you want to share then please tell us as we want to get the most out of our short time around the globe.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Italy, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine

Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand, Russian Federation, Ukraine

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