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Меня зовут Трубецкая Ирина Анатольевна - My name is Irina Anatolievna Trubetskaya

My name is Irina Anatolievna Trubetskaya. I am 35 years old. I was born on the 17th of April, 1980 in Ilyichevsk, a town in the Odessa district of Ukraine. In 1978, my parents moved from Petrovsk in the Saratov district to Ilyichevsk. They always dreamt of living in a small seaside town, so when my father was offered a job in Ilyichevsk, he did not hesitate. I have two brothers, an elder one and a younger one. The age difference between each of us is two years. My elder brother, Igor, works in Russia, in the town of Surgut, at an oil-processing enterprise. He has a very good and kind wife Alisa and two wonderful kids, Olezhek and Olechka. My younger brother, Aleksey, lives in Ilyichevsk. He owns a mini-hotel and an excursion bureau offering services to tourists from both Ukraine and Russia, as well as from other neighbouring countries. Aleksey is not married yet. He keeps saying that he has no time for a private life. But I think that one's private and professional lives should complement each other.

At present I live and work in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. I run a small travel company and work part-time at the Faculty of Restaurant, Hospitality and Tourism Business of the Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics. I love my job or, rather, both of my jobs. It is simply marvellous when theoretical questions can be dealt with by means of examples from one's own experience. I enjoy travelling and getting to know new people. And my work in tourism provides an excellent opportunity for travels and communication. Also I like working with young people, sharing my own experience and witnessing the results of my work. My students undergo their educational training at my enterprise and some of them become our employees after graduation. I do my best to constantly increase my professional and educational levels, therefore, I have to study continuously and keep track of the latest events. It is not easy, but owing to my work on self-growth I can rejoice over my professional success.

Since I have to go on business trips frequently, I especially value every possibility of spending time with my family. My husband's name is Andrey. He is 38 years old, he is 3 years older than I am. Andrey works as the head of a big trading company. He is always extremely busy and spends a lot of time at work. He is a very frank and jolly person and he is valued by both his colleagues and numerous friends and acquaintances.

Andrey and I have two kids, a boy and a girl. Our son's name is Kirill, he is 10 years old. He is in his 4th year at school. Kirill studies English and German. He is not the top student of his class but he is a very gifted and clever boy. He is a very calm and even-tempered kid. He enjoys reading and listening to music. Kiriusha likes sports, he does swimming and athletics. Also he enjoys cycling, skate boarding and roller skating. Kirill takes part in sporting competitions several times a year and he often takes first places. He dreams of becoming a programmer when he grows up.

Our daughter's name is Marina. She is 7. She is in her first year at school. At present she studies only the English language but next year she will be studying another foreign language, either German or French. I think we'll choose French because Marisha is fond of French songs and she dreams of going to France. In spite of her young age Marina does sports too. She studies ballet and does karate. Her teachers say that she is a very talented girl and she has a great future in sports. Marina enjoys reading too but she often asks her elder brother to read to her before going to sleep. Marisha has not made up her mind about what she wants to do in the future yet but it is not that important in her age. Still, it is only lately that she has been saying she dreams of becoming a ballet dancer and performing on the big stage.

Despite being busy at work I endeavour to arrange my time in such a way that I could be actively involved in my kids' studies. Besides my native Russian and Ukrainian, I am fluent in English and know a little German and French. So I can help my children with learning languages. We try to speak English at home and I encourage their attempts to communicate in English abroad. Unfortunately, my knowledge of German and French is not sufficient to speak fluently, so I plan to spend more time trying to master these languages. At present my level is only enough to help the children with their homework and correct mistakes.

We do our best to spend time together when we are free from work. We do not stay at home at weekends. We visit museums, theatres, cinemas, go out of town frequently or travel around Ukraine. My husband goes cycling and he often takes Kirill for a ride on his bike. Like my daughter, I do martial arts, so we sometimes practice together. We go to seaside resorts twice a year. We have already been to 10 countries: Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Spain, Egypt, India, Sri-Lanka and Thailand. My children are at ease when travelling and they enjoy riding on all means of transport but their favourites are trains and planes.

The kids usually spend their summer holidays at my parents' in Ilyichevsk. They have many friends and acquaintances there. Of course, Grandma and Grandpa love their grandkids and pamper them in every possible way. They return home healthy, fit and very-very naughty. Now and then we also go mountain hiking. This year we did our regular climb up the highest peak of Ukraine, mountain Goverla. Its height is 2061 meters above sea level. In the nearest future we are planning of conquering the highest peaks of Romania, Bulgaria, Poland and some other neighbouring countries.

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