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  • 61 references 54 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Russian, Ukrainian; learning German, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Freelance translator
  • Linguistic university
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About Me


I am Valeriia (or Lera) from Ukraine, but it's been since 2013 that I live as an expat with my husband Xavier ( changing the place of living every year and a half. And I love it even if it's much more tough than what it sounds!

I'm passionate about literature and languages, cycling and photography. I love cooking and eating well. We are both into sustainable eco living and slow traveling.

Even if I adore traveling (otherwise I wouldn't be on CS, would I?), I also love my routine and little habits that we have with Xavier.

Together we work on our travel and photography blog. Take a look at it will make our day :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I love meeting people that I know for sure share my passion for traveling. I remember well the times when I was a student, who didn't know where to crash for the night, so now I like giving back and host wanderers passing by the city I live - wherever it might be. Besides, I believe that CS is the most poetic human way of human interaction - you meet a soulmate and then you let them go until your paths cross each other again.


Traveling, blogging, literature, photography cycling, France and Ukraine, learning languages, cooking, Salsa and Bachata dancing.

  • arts
  • culture
  • writing
  • literature
  • photography
  • dancing
  • bachata
  • cooking
  • walking
  • reading
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • sports
  • languages
  • kizomba
  • france
  • salsa
  • expat life

Music, Movies, and Books

That would be a loooong list, but let's try it out.

Books: "Harry Potter", Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Somerset Maugham, Michel Houellebecq, "Les Rois Maudits" and other history fiction, Dina Rubina, Liudmila Ulitskaya, Simone de Beauvoir, Sergey Dovlatov, Milan Kundera, Vladimir Nabokov, Fyodor Dostoyevskiy, Salman Rushdie, Javier Marias

Movies: House of Cards, Taken, Parasites, Inception, Cloud Atlas, Downton Abbey ( have a soft spot for British movies with gentlement and beautiful clothes), Bojack Horseman.

Music: Muse, Nothing but Thieves, Michael Kiwanuka, Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Parachute jump, cycled around Iceland by tandem, traveled to the North Cape in a rusty van, created a travel blog, learnt French in 1,5 years, lived in London, but the most extraordinary thing - I met Xavier.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I hosted dozens of people so I have a very clear idea of what a perfect surfer is :D
I don't surf often, but when I do, it's above all to meet a new person, who could share stories and tell more about their country.
I come with my sleeping equipment.

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Estonia, France, Russian Federation, Ukraine, United Kingdom

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