Rebellious Soviet from Belarus. Europe schooled, New York trained, Kansas chilled, technology enamored. Huge fan of international education and cultural exchange. Trail runner. Grand Canyon guide. Allergic to cities.
Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Belarus, I've been traveling since age 15.
From the Bay Area to the Baltics, to the US East Coast and then to Kansas, back to Belarus and then back to the States. Fell in love with Flagstaff and decided to just stay here. Do not regret my decision for a minute! When you come here you'll know what I mean.
I am involved in an international internship business bringing in young people from overseas for carer training in the US. I also do some freelance web development work, lots and lots of Airbnb hosting and adventure guiding in Grand Canyon through a startup called Tripzaar.
I love literature! Vladimir Nabokov is one of my favorite writers (love all his work except for Lolita). I really enjoy reading stuff about communism, Soviet Union and Imperial Russia, probably because it helps me understand where I come from and who I am.
I also love trail running with my standard schnauzer Sammy and teaching him cool tricks. We are almost ready to start competing in dog agility contests. Sammy loooves agility training!
I find that many people host on Airbnb because of the money. To me, hosting is about PEOPLE: meeting them, taking care of them, hearing their travel stories, drinking wine on the porch, laughing. This is what hosting is all about, if you ask me.
When I host my guests, I fuss over them in my typical Slavic way: I will ask them a million questions to make sure they are really comfortable. I will bake fresh bread for them and make fresh breakfast granola, brew coffee and spicy chai tea and offer whatever tasty treats I have in the fridge. I know I don't have to do this, but I WANT to. Because I believe that whatever you give you will get back tenfold. This is how I host every single time, no exceptions.
My motto is to "live a century in one moment". That's how one Belarusian poet inspired people to live. I concur. Don't wait for tomorrow, don't wait for next year. Live life to the fullest NOW because now is really all we have.
Hope to see you at the cabin some day!
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