I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia but have lived most of my life in the US. I spent most of my earlier years in Chicago, then moved to Seattle and now in New York for 10 years. I love to travel and have spent a significant time on the road over the past 15 years. I love travel for all the things I can learn from the people I meet, the food, the culture. I think travel is how you learn most about the world. I am a painter and a web designer by profession.