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Masha Smirnova

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

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Overview

  • 174 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
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

find an accordeon and learn to play

ABOUT ME

a Russia 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).

I have recently moved to Brussels and would love to meet up and join activities in the capital of Europe!

PHILOSOPHY

better to have something to remember than nothing to regret

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

Some 10years ago, during a lunchbreak of my internship, I embarked on a search for one of my first trips, to the Middle East and then came across hospitalityclub.. becoming CS member soon after made perfect sense and disrupted the way I used to travel, meet people, and in some respect also - see the world.
I used to host quite a bit when l lived in Vienna and was very active in organizing events and regularly traveled to meet fellow CSers at eclectic meetings an all parts of Europe. Belonging to the old generation CS , I do feel that the new CS community has lost much of its charme and quite a few other quality elements (and unfortunately, people). Nostalgia aside, I still hope to share new, great experiences, of course.

Interests

I'm very interested in politics, particularly foreign affairs, international relations and specifically in the regional context of Europe, across Asia and the Middle East.
I am also a big music junkie, particularly if it comes to jazz - you may easily bump into me in a jazz bar in any city having such places.
I am fascinated by linguistics and like learning new languages in general.
And yes.. I'm quite a sociable person and particularly enjoy 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 Peter Pomerantsev's "Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible" - a book that could almost be a satire about Russia in transition, but is not.

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! want to take my Italian from basic to intermediate at least!

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, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Norway, Palestine, 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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