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To continuecontinuecontinue learning Russian.
For the past two and a bit years I've been living in Russia trying to learn the Russian language (getting there), and trying not to teach English (so far failing :)). My main inspiration for being here I guess you could say is that I fell in love with Russian whilst finishing my last year at university in England, and fell in love with the idea that one day I could possibly become fluent in something as grand and spectacular sounding as Russian. Now, I'm not entirely sure why I stay, but every month I get a bit more accustomed to be being here and the possibilities of what I can do open up. One day for sure I'll leave, but in the meantime I am having some strange, alluring, sometimes tiring and often wonderful experiences.
Other than that I like to read. Books, internet blogs, cereal boxes, hair-dye instructions. I like to take pictures. I like to walk. I am not a business thinker and probably should be a bit more. I like to meet people and have brief acquaintances, the longer the better :D What can I say! I am who I am. No one special and constantly changing. Let's go for a walk and see.
I can't say that I have a really conscious one, but I would say that, as difficult as this can be sometimes to always follow, I go by the belief that you should treat people as you'd like to be treated yourself. Even if you know 'they' are not going to treat you in this way. And to never look down on people you don't know. Again, sometimes hard to do. Nobodys perfect. Always bring a pen and a bottle opener.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I use Couchsurfing really quite a lot. I go to a lot of the events, including the infamous CS Weekly Meeting at Kontakt Bar. It's really been a lifeline in terms of meeting people when I first came here and in finding something to do when I become a bit lacklustre in my daily routine. I have used CS to on someones couch in Copenhagen for a week back in 2009 (when I was just a girl!). I love the spirit behind the idea of CS, you can actually quite sincerely say that it's a gift we've been given, but can someone please sort out the website already! I have never hosted but would definitely do it, although there is not much opportunity to do this as we are 2 girls sharing one room, but it sometimes happens that only one of us is here. If I can't host you then we can definitely meet for a get-to-know-you over a nice cuppa or a Baltika. I could even show you the city and even be quite good at it too. Well, there you go.
For one week I stayed on the couch a wonderful Dane in Copenhagen. Was a top-notch experience and I'd do it again!
Languages and books. Music of course. Nice food. Crappy food. Looking at people. Cups of something hot and nourishing. Sitting on public transport. Trying to be a 'real' photographer
Music, Movies, and Books
Lots, but I don't want to write them all. I've done and am still doing all the Russian greats. The master and The Margarita is a wonderful, evocative book that I read in really awesome surroundings. I plan to steal my friends Caitlin Moran books when I get back to England in the summer, and have Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera on my t-do list.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Walk around St Petersburg on a summer evening. The city is sometimes an exhibition.
I travelled around Europe twice on an Interrail ticket a few years ago and those experiences were the best of my life so far. Do it, or something like it, if you can, at least once in your little life.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In