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Nataliya Bondareva

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Overview

  • 21 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Russian; learning German, Norwegian Bokmål, Spanish, Ukrainian
  • 21, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • Student
  • I'm a final year student at Edinburgh
  • From Moscow, Russia
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Two things I want to do in life are see the world and make it better.

ABOUT ME

Hi! My name is Nataliya and I am passionate about Philosophy, giving and travel. I love meeting people and learning new things, whether it's sports, arts or languages. I was born in Kursk, lived in Moscow while spent summers in Sevastopol, then moved to England to study when I was 14, and I study in Scotland now. Nothing to me is more exciting and breath-taking than being thrown into a completely different culture, with a different language, traditions and conventions, and since having done that I have always been craving a similar experience. Hence my love for travel that only gets stronger the more of the world I see! :)

PHILOSOPHY

Never pass up an opportunity to learn something new. Do what you can for others, the world is a better place when people look out for each other. And three quotes that keep me going:

A ship in a harbour is safe, but this is not what ships are built for.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Work and struggle and never accept an evil you can change.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I am in Edinburgh most of the time but for a couple weeks a year I stay in Moscow, and willing to meet up and show people around either cities! :) I'd really, really love to host but live with 4 other girls and not all of them are very keen on the idea of Couchsurfing. I'm working on it though! :)

BUT I can host you if I personally know you (i.e. if I've ever surfed/travelled with you) so feel free to pm me if that's the case!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Overwhelming.

I met the most amazing people on CS, it's great to see how kind, open and hospitable people can be.

Interests

People, cultures, languages, sports, and parties.

Music, Movies & Books

I like lots of different books, but Dostoyevskiy and Albert Camus would be some of my favourites. I also really like short stories, like ones by Roald Dahl or Anton Chekhov. I get bored easily.

And got A LOT of favourite films, here are some of them:
Snatch
Life is Beautiful
Catch me if you can
American Beauty
The Terminal
Knockin' on Heaven's Door
The Lives of Others
Pulp Fiction

I love lots of different music, but particularly electronic and hip hop.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Assisted birth of a baby horse entirely on my own once! It was emotional.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you Russian or English, or how to cook authentic Ukrainian borscht! Would love to learn new sports, like surfing or rock climbing, or just anything new :)

I have once decided to attempt to keep a vegan diet and actually really enjoyed it. So if you are one of those people who think veganism is boring and weird, I BET you I can make you a meal that will change your mind!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Norway, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United Kingdom

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