About Me

Hello and welcome to my page~

My name is Larisa–a very common Slavic name that was either derived from the Latin word hilaris, meaning “cheerful,” or from the Greek city of Larissa, meaning “strong fortress.” Whichever interpretation is the correct one, I have definitely been called both in my lifetime. A “cheerful citadel,” if you will!  😉

Born in Ukraine, I emigrated with my family to America when I was still a small child and now make my home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Growing up immersed in two vastly differing cultures led me to have a burning curiosity about people all over the world. Stemming from said curiosity, I have fallen in love with traveling to other countries, meeting new people and delving into their culture, exploring new cities, and of course, feasting on the local cuisine!

If I cannot escape into a different country, then my next favorite method of adventure is to lose myself in a spectacular book. I enjoy books of all genres–from fiction and novels, to biographies and ethnographies–as long as it captures my fancy and holds me spellbound the entire time, I will burn through the book like a forest fire! Because of this penchant for reading and travel, coupled with my love of deep and mysterious things, I have been often called a dreamer and I find the title suits me.

With that being said, I invite you to stay a while–perhaps make yourself a cup of tea and linger through my posts, and feel free to comment or share a thought 🙂

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