10 Questions with a CS Ambassador: Andrey

Name: Andrey
City: Voronezh, Russia
Years on CS: 3

Hey Andrey! Why did you decide to get involved with CS?

I was planning a bicycle route throughout Russia so decided to host someone at first and, truth be told, it was an unforgettable experience

As so many are! What was your first experience on Couchsurfing like?

I hosted a family of cyclists from Colombia who cycled the world with their huge white dog Fantasma. At first I was a little afraid of sharing the apartment with totally unknown people, but it ended up with chatting all the time about Latin American festivals, traditions and bachata!

The first, but not last, surfers of Andrey!

Sounds amazing! And why did you become a CS Ambassador?

I am trying to share the idea of Couchsurfing and get involved with as many people as I can because I think it is still not so many active couches (at least in the cities of Russia, outside of Moscow and St. Petersburgh). I am also trying to organize different kinds of activities from time to time to make our CS life more interesting here in the city.

Great. What was one of your most interesting experiences hosting?

I tend to think that my most unusual guests were the members of this Colombian family with a dog…

The first and most interesting! Awesome. What about surfing?

Being hosted with a mayor of the city in Magas. I was just slowly riding through the city when a group of people “caught” me to ask a few questions. They were wearing casual clothes – no ties and whatever. During our chatting I finally found out one of them is the mayor of the city! After a half an hour walk we went to a restaurant, to museum of Ingushetia then and finally he booked and paid a room in a hotel for me.

Cruising the Adzhimushkaysky quarry in Kerch

Wow! Very generous! What has been a gift you’ve received that you really appreciated?

Once I received a gas tank 250 ml which I really needed for my future trips!

We love a practical gift! If you could host any famous person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Actually I am a bog fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme so if I had a choice I would be really happy to host him, to show him the country.

He is an icon, so I get it. What is a quote that inspires you?

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

H.G. Wells

I love that, especially since I am a big bike rider too! But mostly for transportation sake. What is a dream vacation of yours?

Slowly cruising from one country to another exploring, Couchsurfing, volunteering from time to time and just living the Life enjoying every moment of it.

Sounds incredible. Hope you get to do it someday. Last question, what is your one piece of advice to a new Couchsurfer?

To add all the info about yourself, add some photos. But in general – just realize that CS is a one big and international family here and you have to behave yourself exactly as you do it with the members of your own family.

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  1. Esquilant
    wow I am very impressed! Frankly I wanted to travel more around Russia but had no idea you could be Couchsurfing outside Moscow and St Petersburg ! ( I was CNN lucky to be able to stay with close friends there which might be the reason I never made a research! ! ) another problem is my age! I am a 77 year old teenage grandmother and was not lucky in the last 3 years to get a lot acceptance!‘
    I am determine to learn more Russian as well and would love any offer any were in Russia to stay a few days as a couch surfer! I can sleep in a hammock, matters on the floor, broken down sofa 🛋 or Air mattress. Have done it all!
    I love Couchsurfing and to host as this way I had the most wonderful experiences, did see and experience the culture and countryside I would have never been able to experience and to see as a organised tourist!
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