#1 I was born in the country that doesn't exist today
I was born in USSR in 1989. The country disintegrated in 1991. The country is also known as the Soviet Union. Currently, the place where I was born located in Russia.
#2 I was born closer to US/Canada than to MoscowI was born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The city is located on Kamchatka Peninsula. We left when I was 2-3 months old. Hopefully, I will visit this place someday.
#3 My secondary school had spread across three continents
Because we moved a lot, my schooling was in Asian and European parts of Russia. Grade 12 I did in the US.
#4 I left Russia at the age of 17
I became a participant of the FLEX program. After that, I moved to Canada.
#5 I wrote fiction and it was published
Some years ago I wrote two short stories. They were published in two different magazines: Praise Writers and Twisted Endings.
#6 I am a sweet toothI love sweet things: cakes, candies, pastries, smoothies, caramel, chocolate, vanilla. I have to be careful with those things. They can be harmful healthwise.
#7 I have two cats
The first cat was adopted from a shelter. The second cat's owners were moving and could not take the kitty with them.
#8 My Bible is bilingual
One side is in English and another side in Russian.
#9 I didn't speak English until I was 17
I knew a bit of English: just barely. It was hard to live in the US for the first few weeks. I felt like I was deaf and mute.
#10 My English is better than RussianIf I had a choice to speak English or Russian, I would choose English. In the past few months, I told my mom that I would speak English to her if she knew speaking English well.
#11 My love towards readingI love books. I read a different kind of books: fiction, history, science, and other books.
#12 Chess playerI used to play chess when I was 10-16 years old: participated in various competitions. I even got level C according to international classification.
#13 My love for punsIt's not noticeable on my blog, but I love puns. Sometimes I say, "Apple is the most appropriate computer for vegetarians." This one is almost eight years old.
#14 I am not good at waiting.
I am able to wait in the lineup/queue at a store. I have no problem waiting for a certain event/appointment when I know the date. The hardest part of waiting not knowing when something will happen: you are waiting and praying, but the answer doesn't come yet.
#15 I love cookingWhenever I have time, I cook. I love trying out new recipes.
I have traveled quite a bit in the past. I also visited Japan when I was 16 years old.
#17 One of my childhood dreams came true
When I was a teenager I wanted to have a friend from Japan. Now I have not just one but two Japanese friends.
#18 Guest Post
Last year my guest post was published on (in)courage website. I felt privileged because many famous christian authors are regular contributors. I remember thinking how it made me special. Maybe someday I will be published somewhere else.
#19 I endured a lot of bullying during middle school.
I hated to go to middle school. There were cases when fellow classmates would through a dirty rug in my face. I can say that today I forgave those people.
#20 I had a lot of surgeries
I had seven major surgeries from the age seven to fourteen. They were on my legs and arms.
#21 I have seen Michael W. Smith at the life concertTen years ago he was performing at one of the churches I went out with one of my friends and her parents. It was glorious.
#22 I am not crazy about new gadgets
I don't have an iPad, iPod or the latest smartphone.
#23 Writing Letters
I love writing real letters with pen on paper. It creates a more personal connection.
#24 People mistake me for many different nationalitiesI have been mistaken for Italian, Hispanic, Hungarian, Middle Eastern even South Asian, thanks toy olive-colored skin. However, I do have some South European ancestry and a Persian ancestor.
#25 NewfoundlandFor now, I live in Newfoundland, the most eastern place of the North America.
#26 I did the Edge Walk
A few years ago I visited a friend in Ontario and I did the Edge Walk. It's a walk on the outside of CN tower. You'll get so much adrenaline.
#27 I have visited Niagara Falls
Such glorious falls located at the Canadian/US border.