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My self-summary
Hello Stranger!
I love traveling, learning new things, reading, dancing, and spending time in the mountains. The coolest place I ever visited was Paris. I have never been to a city that was more alive! There is just so much—music, art, beautiful buildings… ah to be a Parisian girl, eat baguettes every day and stroll down the banks of the Seine!

Originally from Russia, ironically, I now work as an English teacher. I used to be in the public schools, but I now have my own private practice. I tutor kids, helping them become better readers, writers, and thinkers. I really love what I do because it has all the joys of teaching, minus the craziness of the schools. I find it amazing that I can sit in my study with windows open and discuss To Kill a Mockingbird with a student AND get paid for it!

I am looking for my partner in life. Someone who is a kind and honest soul, a guy who has passions and interests, who wants to hike mountains, travel the world, and laugh over a glass of wine or a cup of strong black coffee. My friends say that I want a romance from a 19th century novel, and perhaps I do, if that means finding someone who wears his heart in his sleeve, who loves deeply, reads and ponders books, and who will wake me up in the wee hours of the morning to head on some grand adventure.
What I’m doing with my life
Teaching reading and writing, enjoying the sunshine, reading, going on walks and hikes, swing and blues dancing, doing yoga, spending time with people I care about and trying to "habit myself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of my life" (as Walt Whitman put it).

Update: As of this spring, I am taking improv classes! Yes... and! It's scary but strangely freeing. =)
I’m really good at
making strong Turkish coffee
The first things people usually notice about me
My smile!
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Favorite books: Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself", Oh, The Places You'll Go, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shadow of the Wind, Anna Karenina, Harry Potter, Sister Carrie, Three Comrades, The Portrait of a Lady, Bel Canto, Tom Sawyer, The Good Earth, The Things they Carried, anything by Steinbeck, The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, Siddartha, etc.

Favorite movies: Life is Beautiful, Love Story, Forest Gump, Dirty Dancing, Chacolat, When Harry Met Sally

Shows: Mad Men, Wonder Years, Parenthood, and... Sex and the City. =)

Music: classical, the blues and Jazz
Six things I could never do without
Family and friends, books, nature, coffee, animals
I spend a lot of time thinking about
While riding the train in Boston, I liked to make up stories about the lives of the people around me. Like is that couple madly in love, or are they about to break up? Is that guy a plumber or a professor? I tend to do this other places as well... What better way to entertain oneself while people watching?
On a typical Friday night I am
Swing dancing, hanging out with friends, or home with a book.
You should message me if like spring mornings, if you love learning, growing, and exploring, and above all else if you are a kind, warm person who is looking for a genuine connection and a partner in life.

If you aren't looking for a serious and honest relationship, or if you are still hung up on on some past relationship, move on please.
The two of us