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Overview

  • 1 reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Polish; learning German, Italian
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2013
  • PhD candidate in Forensic Chemistry
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About Me

“(...) deep inside you was a frantic longing to be something or someone other than you are. It is the greatest scourge a man can suffer, and the most painful. Life becomes bearable only when one has come to terms with who one is, both in one's own eyes and in the eyes of the world. We all of us must come to terms with what and who we are, and recognize that this wisdom is not going to earn us any praise, that life is not going to pin a medal on us for recognizing and enduring our own vanity or egoism or baldness or our pot-belly. No, the secret is that there's no reward and we have to endure our characters and our natures as best we can, because no amount of experience or insight is going to rectify our deficiencies, our self-regard, or our cupidity. We have to learn that our desires do not find any real echo in the world. We have to accept that the people we love do not love us, or not in the way we hope. We have to accept betrayal and disloyalty, and hardest of all, that someone is finer than we are in character or intelligence.”
― Sándor Márai, Embers

Interests

The pleasures of escaping reality - books, MUSIC, movies, travelling

  • books
  • movies
  • traveling
  • music
  • art
  • food
  • foreign cultures
  • forensics

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: Dostoevsky, Steinbeck, Hesse, Marai, Cioran, Hrabal, Marquez, Kafka, Kundera, Tyrmand, Proust, Rilke just to name a few

Music: recently classical (mainly Rossini and re-mastered version of Vivaldi's Four season by Max Richter), Radiohead, Interpol, The National, Arcade Fire, Patrick Wolf, Talking Heads, The Cure, Archive, The Smiths, Cat power, Devendra Banhart, Sufijan Stevens, and many, many more... from weird electro to classics - it's really mood-dependent :)

Movies: Fincher, Tarantino, Nolan, Lynch, Wes Anderson, and my recent discovery - Sorrentino (Great Beauty brought me to tears, literally)

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland

Countries I’ve Lived In

Italy, Poland

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