Svetlana Sokolova

Kyiv, Kyiv Province, Ukraine

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  • I own an art cafe, participate in movie and theater prod...
  • Moscow State University,economics;Black Square theatre & ...
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About Me


to observe reality as it is to get life experience to expand consciousness to love to create beauty


Sometimes I live like a vagabond. Now I have a family. With my husband and many of our friends we opened a cafe called VAGABOND Cafe & Vintage Corner in Kiev, Ukraine. Come check it out and meet me there. We are especially hospitable to traveling artists and musicians. You can make some art instead of paying the bill...

Originally I'm from Moscow. But since 2008 I have been living in Kyiv, Ukraine studying and making different kinds of visual arts with different creative communities (movies, documentaries, photography, theatre performances, paintings). As my main art I still consider life. "Only acting irrationally, one can feel the fullness of life" - one happy day I made this idea of French philosopher Henri Bergson my life conception. Since that moment I became a warrior of absurd in a manner. And randomness is my friend.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I travel and I host


I've got it. I have traveled around the Northern America for a year looking for a place to stay only through CS. I have crowds of guests in my home wherever I live.


adventure, traveling, people, nature, theater, cinema, awkward moments of sincerity, dance, literature, photography, art, music, contradictions, poetry, cactuses, fools, oceans, rain, globe, boats, unexpected meetings, euphoria, my brother, extreme points, the absolute calm, oldness, big cities, bad weather, narrow streets, philosophy, turning the pages of old books looking for some notes left by unknown, absurd attitude, visibility, feelings movements, togetherness, useless words, stable expressions, books, burning roofs, naked bodies, differences, mens' hands, trains, scars, horses, shame, roads, bridges, lonliness, brain, soul rent, sad clowns, memory, strolling circuses, excesses, bright colors, God inside me, good appetite, weight of lies deeply hidden, surprises from myself, how many years elephants live, if in reality there was situations similar to that described in the play "Die Frau von früherwhat" by Roland Schimmelpfennig, if someone comes back before being forgotten, what I would do if I knew that the end of the world is going to happen tomorrow, who I was in previous life. Many things

Music, Movies, and Books

I don't have icons, but I like some things.
Cinema: Wong Kar wai, Tarkovsky, Lynch, Jarmusch, Bulgakov
Mister Lonley, Topazu, The Wayward Cloud (Капризное облако / Tian bian yi duo yun), In the Mood for Love, Angel Heart, 'R Xmas, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Pillow Book, Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, Caotica Ana, Dreamers, La Science des rêves, Sin noticias de Dios, Wild at Heart, Breaking the Waves.
Literature: Arthur Rimbaud, Henry Miller (he was my life teacher), Joseph Brodskiy, Jean Genet, Charles Bukowski, Norman Mailer, Mikhail Bulgakov, Nikita Bulgakov, F.M. Dostoevsky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin, Martin McDonagh's dramaturgy
Music: Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and many other

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've fallen in love, I've made friends and met people I respected, I've realized that one day my body would be dead, I've worked as a striptease dancer for 1 night, I've completly changed my life, I've seen his eyelashes twitching when he was sleeping, I've taken pictures, filmed and played in movies that I still like, I've played on a stage, I've seen our movie on a big screen in cinema, I've created my place. I lived in Bali island. I've been to Cappadocia valley in Turkey and Bromo volcano in Indonesia. I've reached Mnt. Kinobalu peak in Malaysian Borneo. I've seen Khajuraho tantric temples in Central India and my mother's eyes when I came back home after long-long absence.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach body stretching techniques, borsch cooking, the Russian language, some things about photography and filmmaking.

What I Can Share with Hosts

a conversation, an experience, food, drinks

Countries I’ve Visited

Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Indonesia, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, United States

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