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to identify and implement a purposeful mission :) , but really to travel and expand my literal and figurative horizons
I seem to have a chronic case of academic entanglement. I dive into it, then get disenchanted and leave to do something else, and then after a year or two dive right back in. Currently I am a taking a year off from a PhD program (where I studied altruism and social cooperation) to explore the world. It's been a wonderful trip so far and I'd love to tell you more about it if you're curious.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I started traveling about a year ago, and I've found that the best part is not where you go but who you meet. I've really enjoyed the destinations as well, but the friends are made are the highlight. I enjoy going to the meet-ups when they're available, but I've also had the pleasure of hosting and being hosted. I hope that the couchsurfing community will hold strong through its growing pains and help bring people together for years to come.
Virtually everything. Or at least almost anything can be interesting from the right angle. And, conversely, anything can be made dull if approached with the wrong attitude. I can list my top interests in no particular order though: literature, scientific advancement, chess, animal intelligence/learning/cognition, psychology, metacognition, meditation, and of course - travel!
Music, Movies, and Books
I like Russian literature a lot, but I suppose I have an eclectic taste (that's what they all say, right?). Recently I've read Murakami, Jonathan Franzen, Dostoyevsky, and of course a lot of sciency stuff. I like almost all types of music, but the genre that I listen to the more than any other (maybe 25% of the time) is rock/alternative.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
It's so hard to choose! Since taking a year off in September, I drove across the US from New York to Los Angeles, which was very interested. Since then I've visited Italy (loved Venice!), Greece, Turkey, Ukraine (my home), Warsaw, Amsterdam (just a layover, but spent a few interesting hours in the city). It was great. The main event was 12 days in Japan - my second time here and I still hope to come back soon. Right now I'm in Okinawa and it's glorious! Next stop, Hawaii.
One thing I'm proud of is having worked as a teacher in New York, but it's not so much amazing as just very challenging and eventful.
One thing that amazes me is how much more energy I have when I'm traveling. I can drive for 12 hours straight, walk 20 miles with only a few short breaks, or get little sleep for days on end and still love every minute of it.
Teach, Learn, Share
I used to be a teacher - middle school and high school math, pre-GED, GED and college-level psychology. I would be happy to share any of that with you, but the lesson that has been most important to me is how to appreciate people (even when you disagree).
What I Can Share with Hosts
I genuinely enjoy sharing, so if you think I can be a resource please do not hesitate to ask. I'd be happy to cook together, help you with academic things, teach you some Russian or tell you about my travels.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ukraine, United States