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About Me

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my website!

I’m Valeriya and I work in international development. I’ve been lucky to travel around the world and get to know people of different cultures and backgrounds.

When I’m not at work, I just enjoy being a Mom. My daughter Elizabeth is a happy, kind and energetic girl, who always wants to learn and try new things.

Our family is based in Washington DC, but this summer we relocated to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for a couple of years. I’m looking forward to new adventures !

Where I am from

I was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. Most of my friends and relatives live there. Kyiv is a historical city and home to many architectural masterpieces. I love walking down its streets and admiring its landmarks, like the gorgeous Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, which is a World Heritage Site. Unfortunately, ever since Russia started an unprovoked war in Ukraine, many cities have been destroyed and lives cut short. I hope that very soon Ukraine will win the war, and peace and tranquility will again reign in our beautiful land.

My Blog

In this blog I write about my home country, trips to various destinations, life in Uzbekistan and experiences which Elizabeth and I have with different activities–dancing, sports, vacations… Whatever made us happy and put a smile on our faces. Or whatever made us think and look at the world differently.

I’ve also been busy writing a fiction novel inspired by my heritage and my travels- Secrets We Keep. It was published in January – be sure to check it out on My Books page.

So relax, read on, and I hope you will discover new things together with us.

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