About

Taras Shevchenko, Moonlit Night on Kos-Aral, 1848-49

I can't say I'm very good at "about me" pages. It's kind of hard for me to really talk about myself: I use "I" and "me" a lot in conversation, but I hardly ever really do expose myself. I'm more inclined to talk about the things I do than who I am as a person, because I don't feel there is that much to say about myself, and also, I don't like revealing too much.

My name is Mansiya, but it's not the one on my passport (yet?). I just prefer to go by this one, because I chose it. I am known by spiritpearls or aralsheart on the interwebz, although I've had many usernames (so many my teenage selves are probably untrackable), or just by Aral. I'm in my early twenties and was born in France (to clear up any misunderstandings, I have no Russian or Central Asian blood that I know of, and if it's there, it's probably so far back it barely exists), but I'm Eurasian at heart.

I hardly have any memories of the Web 1.0 (due to being born at the tail end of the 90s), but that's fine. It's never too late to go down your own path rather than the one that has been carved to accomodate the lowest common denominator and I'd rather not interact too much with the garbage dump fire that is the mainstream internet. I tried to be normal: it didn't work for me.

Other than that, I'm a very creative person who has touched about every form of art possible: drawing, painting, poetry, stories, music, filming, photography... but my specialties are writing and drawing. And of course, Central Asia is my other bigger passion, especially Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, parts of Russia, and Mongolia.


Languages spoken:
🇫🇷 - native | 🇬🇧 - fluent, bilingual
🇷🇺 - intermediate (late B1/early B2)
🇰🇿 - beginner


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