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Masha Smirnova

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  • 175 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Russian; learning Italian
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • researcher (socio-economic, political)
  • health economics and political science
  • From UDSSR, later Austria
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me


find an accordeon and learn to play


a russian born former resident of Vienna,where I moved at the age of 9 with my family after the breakdown of the soviet union. thoughtful, culturally interested and genuinely curious, I do enjoy in depth conversations, preferably accompanied by a stimulating beverage, as well as different kinds of cultural activities and festivities (especially if good music is involved)


better to have something to remember than nothing to regret

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Hosted about 40 people in the past, organized quite a few events and surfed as well


started with hospitalityclub first that gave me the first amazing travel experience in Israel and in Iran. involved with CS for a couple of years now,I've been quite active in the Vienna group (that you definitely have to check out if visiting) and met quite a few nice CSers in Manchester where I lived for about a year.


politics, philosophy, international relations, (nu)jazz, chamber music, festivals, languages, trainstations, daydreaming, traveling (naturally), wine drinking and tasting + conversations evolving around wine drinking and tasting.

Music, Movies & Books

movies: Pedro Almodovar, Jim Jarmush, Tony Gatlif, Michael Haneke, Francois Ozon, Nikita Mikhalkov, Amos Gitai, Ari Folman, Michel Gondry, Woody Allen, John Cassavetes, Aki Kaurismäki, Elia Suleiman, Jafar Panahi, Bahman Ghobadi Berlinale and Sarajevo Film Festival!

books: the pack of russians is always a good read - Dostojewski,Gogol and Nabokov being among my fav's. and a fair amount of non-fiction literature (mostly political in the narrowest sense, else everything is political).

currently reading Habiby's Secret Life of Saeed - the Pessoptimist

music: that would take hours :) extensive musical taste with an elaborated jazzy, neo-classic/experimental and post-rock side

Kronos Quartet, Devotchka, Oi Va Voi, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, E.S.T., Avishai Cohen, Yaron Herman, Omer Klein, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Medeski Martin &Wood, Enrico Rava,The 5Corners Quintet, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Leszek Możdżer, The Cinematic Orchestra, Dhafer Youssef , Julien Lourau, Bojan Z, Mor Karbasi, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Kultur Shock, iLiKETRAiNs, Crippled Black Phoenix, Shearwater, Calexico, The Postal Service, Sigur Rós , Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Dredg, Murder by Death, Ratatat, Nik Bärtsch, Gotan Project, Thievery Corporation, Explosions in the Sky, Red Sparowes, The Russian Circles, Mogwai, A Silver Mt. Zion, Mono, And So I Watch You From Afar, múm, Boards of Canada, God is an Astronaut, The Mars Volta, Efterklang .. and a few more :)

my last.fm profile should reveal more.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Survived an 'investigation' with the Hezbollah in Southern Beirut. (taken a very broad definition of the word 'amazing')

Teaching in Burma/Myanmar was a great experience, as well as traveling with a monk.

Teach, Learn, Share

definitely languages, always up for language tandems! still trying to perfectionize my french, very eager to learn and practice more italian

happy to share my music collection! just bring your device.

i'm very interested in all kinds of rare and astonishing instruments. for now I'm just able to play some very classical piano

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Norway, Palestine, State of, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Netherlands, Russian Federation, United Kingdom

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