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Irina L

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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  • 20 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish; learning French
  • 38, Female
  • Member since 2005
  • HIV doctor
  • how do you summarize 32yrs of formal...
  • From San Francisco
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


not miss a beat


I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to San Francisco, CA with my grandparents in 1989, microseconds before the collapse of the Soviet Union. I became an avid traveler in college and CS certainly helped a simple obsession become a rich way of life for a long while. I am now living in Brooklyn and working as a community doctor specializing in HIV, transgender medicine, and general primary care - super fascinating and unreal stuff. I do miss traveling like a maniac with no restriction of time or distance. My trips are shorter now but I try to pack them in with as much authenticity (visual, culinary, and interpersonal) as I ever did in my maniac days :-)


here i quote my mama: "don't save for tomorrow what you can eat today."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


as much as possible


After living with my first CSer (Joana) for 3 months in Lisboa, I strapped on my trusty backpack to give Europe a 7 week whirl. I couch surfed most of the way and can´t imagine a better way to see the spirit of the city, taste its most authentic flavors, and foster more fascinating conversations that through CS.


you name it, i like it. lately i'm really into building furniture and drilling into anything that's not already full of holes.

Music, Movies & Books

i tend to pick my international destinations by my favorite song. so far, the strategy has brought me nothing but laughter, fabulous food, and the music? brazil, senegal, cuba, portugal, colombia, mozambique! Need i say more?

One Amazing Thing I've Done

TRAVEL!!! The stars were smiling down upon me that day, in 1999, when I first set out for Ecuador! Little did i know that a then-spooky adventure would turn into a way of life :-)

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Israel, Italy, Laos, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Italy, Portugal, Senegal, Ukraine, United States

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