Maria is the creator, host of the weekly interview, and a frequent DJ on Foreign Exchange. In her spare time, Maria has the attention span of a cat on catnip and intermittently pursues travel, Latin dance, practicing Spanish/German, photography, and five unfinished knitting projects. After a three-year stint as a nine-to-five worker (don't try this at home!), Maria has started a career as a professional translator of Russian. Oh yeah, she is that mythical Russian woman who can't cook, doesn't look like every Russian tennis player you've ever seen in a TV commerical, and hadn't tried vodka until she moved to the US. Go figure.