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  • Fluent in English, Russian, Spanish; learning French, German, Italian, Swiss German
  • 32, Female
  • Membro desde 2008
  • communications consultant
  • public relations and foreign languages
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Sobre Mim

I am from Moscow, Russia, but half of my life I lived outside of it - as a child in Laos for 5 years, as a teenager in U.S. for 4 years, and for 3 months each in Austria and Canada. When I was a student, I went to Spain for 1 semester with the Socrates-Erasmus program.

And on top of it all, I got married to a Swiss guy, so now I live in Switzerland - a very beautiful country with amazing views everywhere and somewhat introverted but really nice people that speak Elvish... ups I mean Swiss German! (If you understand Russian, you can have a look at my blog where I write a lot of posts with amazing and funny facts about Switzerland:

We are not hosting currently, but hopefully, will soon. Meanwhile, you are always welcome at our house for a fun evening if you like board games. We have a collection of 50+.

I also love hiking so I'm always down for one if you need a hiking buddy.

Something I believe in

The secret of happiness is to find a balance between freedom and attachment, between not needing anything and wanting everything, between having strong viewpoints and accepting people who are different.

Some quotes I like:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

Qualities I value in people:

Honesty, kindness, intelligence. I like when people are full of energy and exciting plans! I prefer truthful people over tactful people (it's difficult to be both at the same time, but if you manage that, I admire you! :-)

Por que estou no Couchsurfing?

I love the idea!


Villages and nature, psychology, walking, mountains, hiking, thunderstorms, board games (including complicated and strategic), dancing (I'm not good at it yet, but I'm learning)

  • dancing
  • cooking
  • walking
  • politics
  • news
  • board games
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • communications
  • languages
  • psychology
  • mountains

Músicas, Filmes e Livros

Music: Byrds, Billy Joel, Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Shivaree, Perry Como, Tchaikovsky, Andy Williams

Books: I love fiction books, but one of the books that influenced me most is a non-fiction book. It's called The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. I also like books on neuroscience for laymen.

Movies: esp. fantasy, adventure, romance, comedy. Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Moonrise Kingdom, Forrest Gump, etc.

I also like series like Game of Thrones, and even stupid ones sometimes (like Grimm) - I have to admit it!

Uma Coisa Incrível que Eu Fiz

Helped french shepherds search for cows who ran away to the mountains. Painted the fence of an elk's pen, while the elk was licking my hands. Grew a papaya tree when living in Laos. Travelled from east to west coast in the us.
Managed to get rid of office life!

Ensine, Aprenda, Compartilhe

I can teach you:
- any of the languages that I speak
- basics of public and media relations and social psychology
- how to survive in Russia
- to cook

If you are interested, I can also explain to you Russian politics and the economic situation. I'm not an expert myself, but I have a basic understanding of what's going on, which can give you a new perspective compared to what you heard in the news.

I can move my ears but I'm not sure I can teach that - I think you gotta be born with some extra muscles there.

I want to learn almost anything - and will be very grateful if you share your knowledge with me.

I especially want to learn Swiss German - if you could teach me that in exchange for some of my skills, that would be so awesome!

Países que Visitei

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Moldova, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Países em que Morei

Austria, Canada, Laos, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, United States

Insígnias de Veteranos

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