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  • 177 references 150 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian, Ukrainian; learning Belarusian, Italian, Polish, Spanish
  • 30, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • teacher, lawyer, mountain guides
  • master in geography; master in law
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About Me

If we don't answer you - sorry for that; probably, it's because we are deep in the mountains.

We are family from Ivano-Frankivsk (which is native for Roman, and Polina is from the east of Ukraine). We are in love with the city and our country, so be sure that we'll tell you a lot about it, show around, share some traditions, ideas and experience.

It depends on the time you come, but we may also help you in exploring Carpathian mountains. In non-couchsurfing life it is also our job.
We often invite foreigners to join our treks in the Carpathians (for free or paying only the cost price). You can check the routes, timetable and other information about the Carpathians at the page of our travel agency on FB: https://www.facebook.com/trekkinginukraine or at the website: http://www.prostoneba.com.
And also see our pictures here: https://www.instagram.com/prosto.neba/

There is an article about how CS works with our comments and pictures:) https://life.pravda.com.ua/travel/2019/01/24/235099/ (in Ukrainian language).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

We don't count kilometers passed, countries visited, peaks conquered. Travels for us are about people we met, emotions and experiences we got, expanding of our worldview. After all, they are about getting out of our comfort zone, and a desire to return home.

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Our town is not full of tourists, so most of the time we are available.
Don't hesitate to leave the last minute request here (usually we answer fast) or contact us on facebook:
http://facebook.com/polinastarodubets
http://facebook.com/wowchukroman

or by phone (whatsapp, viber, telegram):
+ 38099 238 25 50

We believe that CS is not about just saving money during your trip. But we don't like when some hosts misunderstand it as a way of exchange of material things. You are not obliged to pay for our dinner, bring food, presents or whatever to our house. Bring just yourself:) We are here in our hometown to help you on your road. And we really enjoy it!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We have travelled to European and Asian countries enjoying hospitality of couchsurfers. We had so wonderful experience every time learning the kindness and amiability of people of the world.

But we mostly host. We hosted amazing people listening to hundreds of their impressive stories.
Although we had some bad experience we are not yet disappointed in CS.

Interests

We prefer travelling somewhere closer to the nature and further from people and "city jungle". But we are also fond of walking along the narrow streets, listening to the heels knocking the sett paved roads, watching the traces of history on the old buildings. We enjoy learning about different types of urban planning.

We like sports and being active. Our perfect morning starts with running around the lake nearby.
We enjoy the exhaustion after the cycling all the day. Our style of life can be called healthy, but we are not fanatic about it.

We are not beyond the politics. Actually nobody can be. We like to discuss on it and modern processes and relations in the world.

We love art and can distinguish Monet from Manet:)

Some our interests are not common. Polina is a military lawyer and her professional interests are free legal aid for vulnerable persons, protection of human rights, rights of prisoners of war, humanitarian law during the war conflicts, PTSD.

And Roma is in love with stars, maps, countries' statistics and other geographical stuff. Ask him, he may be a wikipedia for you.

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • literature
  • folklore
  • architecture
  • cooking
  • running
  • politics
  • reading
  • guitar
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • mountains
  • trekking

Music, Movies, and Books

We like reading; before visiting a country we are immersed in reading fiction and non-fiction books of local authors. It gives some background for its understanding.

We also can be guide for you into Ukrainian classical and modern literature. It definitely worth the attention. Our town is the right place to discover some Ukrainian modern literature, as it's hometown to many writers. There is a saying "People of Ivano-Frankivsk don't read books... as they write them":)

Music is a big part of our life: playing, collecting new pieces and listening. We met each other at a rock music festival many years ago:) We are open to all genres.
We'll especially appreciate if you introduce to us your local music.

Our favorite director is Quentin Tarantino; awesome pictures were made by Wes Anderson; stories by Woody Allen, A. Tarkovsky, S. Paradzhanov.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

broke my nose by crashing into the supermarket door

Teach, Learn, Share

- hiking tour and tips about Carpathians;
- tasteful Ukrainian dishes (we love cooking, so you will not be hungry for sure);
- delicious herb (picked by us) tea;
- playing in guitar/piano/reed pipe/drymba/harmonica a lot of Ukrainian folk songs;
- a glance to the moon and stars through the telescope;
- endless conversations about Ukrainian culture, history, geography, politics;
- some legal help if you need one here;)

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ukraine

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