Bilanich
31 Saint Petersburg, Russia
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My self-summary
I’m originally from a small town in Northern Russia, in which I was born and raised, but I moved to Saint Petersburg to study more than 10 years ago. Some part of me still likes the town lost in snow and forests and misses snowstorms and blueberry :)
My favourite poet Brodsky described it like this:

The North buckles metal, glass it won't harm;
teaches the throat to say, "Let me in."
I was raised by the cold that, to warm my palm,
gathered my fingers around a pen.

So I’m fond of human warmth no matter whether it’s warmth of a good book or a good friend, I’m thrilled with the-whole-night-through discussions of poetry. And I like to write.
I adore Saint Petersburg, both beautiful and weird. I like its architecture and lifestyle. It isn’t only a matter of museums and palaces. The city is like a partner helping while you’re exploring something new. If we become friends and you visit SPb I’ll do my best so you could love it too!

I highly esteem simple traditional values such as love, friendship, honesty, nobility and good manners. My free time I divide between reading, walking around the city, riding my bicycle, roller-skating and communication. Actually I don’t like clubs. I prefer small cafes where you can sit with close friends drinking coffee or tea, watching people and seeing the world just float on by. I do enjoy being outdoors but in fact lying on the sofa with a book is also a perfect time :) Every summer I spend at least a month at the seaside.

I’m affectionate and impulsive but at the same time I’m quite reserved. I may even seem cold for people who aren’t close to me but in fact it isn’t difficult to join the circle of my friends!

I’m not looking for a man for romance here but I’d like to find new friends from all over the world! I hope to find friends from the UK because I'm really fond of its culture especially literature. It started long ago when I’d read The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time. They were published in 7 little issues with grizzly paper and small print. My brother and I fanatically saved our school lunch money to buy the next book and had fierce arguments about who’s going to read it first. Even now I read tenderly how a well-mannered English girl Lucy Pevensie goes to a faun having tea! The old frayed collection’s still in my bookshelf.
What I’m doing with my life
I finished my Ph.D. thesis connected with Russian literature some years ago and now I am a lecturer in a university here. I also prepare school students for their Certificate exam as a private tutor.
I’m really good at
Listening. Being in my own world. Preparing dinner from nothing.
The first things people usually notice about me
May be my blue eyes… Sometimes I speak to myself - I guess it attracts attention as well )))
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Dostoevsky Idiot
Clive Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia - the holy book of my childhood!!!
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
Jane Austen Pride And Prejudice
Joanne Rowling - all novels about Harry Potter
Thomas Wolfe You Can’t Go Home Again
Glendon Swarthout Bless the Beasts and Children
And also Brodsky, Dickens, Thackeray, Fowles, Steinbeck, Thomas Mann
The six things I could never do without
People I love
Strong tea with herbs
Books
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Literature and literature theory.

Will I meet a wizard one day? And if yes, will he fly in through the window one night? Or just appear once on the garden bench where I will be sitting alone melancholically, reading poetry? Or just - bang! - suddenly join me in a smal local pizzeria with a cup of perfect coffee in his hand? I need miracles!!!
On a typical Friday night I am
Probably at home reading, or in a café hanging out with my friends…
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I know nothing about commas in English!! As a teacher I always say to my students that it’s impolite and unintelligent to write without commas… I hope you’ll forgive it :)
And then I’m not REALLY good at any kind of sports. I like skiing, cycling and roller-skating but I’m just an amateur!
You should message me if
...you just want to do it :)
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