I'm a Siberian living in San Francisco. I enjoy traveling, learning foreign languages, and getting to know people. Recently I became very interested in the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages.
I am a fan of unconventional types of traveling. Hitch-hiking, surfing someone's couch, rambling in wilderness. Couple of years ago my husband and I did a week-long bike tour in Normandy, it was an unforgetable adventure!
This summer we spent 10 days hiking at the lake Baikal. One day we met another couple of Russians on the trail, we decided to camp out together and talked throughout the whole night. These types of encounters is what I appreciate most when I travel. It always amazes me how many wonderful people you meet on the road.
When I travel, I love speaking the language of the country I am in. A few years ago we were hitch-hiking in Italy and got stuck between Milan and Florence. We were pretty desperate. Then we finally met this amazing guy, who agreed to take us to Florence. For 3 hours we were speaking Italian in his car, and that was pretty hilarious since my knowledge was very limited. Only half-way through our trip we realized that he wasn't even going that direction! He just went there for us! That was pretty amazing.
My next destination is Eastern Europe, but this won't happen until summer, and in the meantime I'd be more than happy to travel vicariously through your stories!