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Now: I work in the sphere of education abroad and am based in the very South of Russia (the weather is hot here!), I still travel 5-6 times a year.
3-4 years ago: I am a translator who's lived here and there, visited some countries, learned a tiny little bit about other cultures and nationalities and has no plans to stop -- there's so much left to find out, uncover, explore and be bewildered by. More here: http://onlinehiatus.blogspot.com/
I'm not really a party person, but somehow I become one when I live in Berlin. I love having conversations with interesting people and a lot of travelers just coincidentally happen to be interesting people.
I wish I could just sum up my entire essense in one sentence. Um, no, I actually I don't. Because people change, they evolve. Hopefully. ;) And while today I might feel like conquering the world, tomorrow I might want to just sit back and observe without getting involved, etc. I'd have to say I go with (my own personal) flow.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I hosted, have been hosted by and went out with the most amazing people so far, I made a few friends, too! I think I bonded with most people that I couchsurfed with and I can only thank this community for the diversity and fun it has brought to my life. However, I do get frustrated (as I'm sure many other members do as well) when people simply do not reply to requests or messages, I think it undermines the community - even a simple no would suffice. I think CS is built on mutual respect and trust, so I think by non-replying you disrespect your fellow travelers.
I fully support the idea that CS isn't about getting something for free (although saving money is part of it in a way), but about meeting random - at first sight - people, connecting with them, sharing experiences and thoughts.
I like writing, I like reading somebody else's writing. Documentaries. In general I'm a big movie buff. I was thrilled to be in Berlin during the Berlinale. Mostly I like independent movies. Obviously I also have a passion for traveling, but that more or less goes without saying, eh?
Music, Movies, and Books
Some of my favorite films are: Non ti Muovere, Nathalie..., La Pianiste, Nachbarinnen.
Two favorite writers: Stephen Fry and Michael Cunningham. Fry sometimes gets away with most insane and hilarious things while Cunningham's way of putting words enchants me.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Russian Federation, Turkey, United States