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*JanKo*

Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic

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Overview

  • 187 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in Czech, English; learning German, Japanese, Thai
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • Brno Expat Centre
  • Sociology/PoliSci @ Masaryk Universi...
  • From Prague, Czech Republic
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live and let live.

ABOUT ME

I like change. I enjoy diversity of roles. Sometimes want to do too many things. I believe I could easily take a use of one or two more lives to fulfil all the agenda I wish to do. Anyhow, a monk told me I have seven more lives to go! :) I can assimilate and adjust to new environment and people easily. I am usually calm unless I got really excited. I listen and observe well. I am Bohemian. I am more leader than follower. I am persistent in my efforts of changing the world, one couch at a time :)

PHILOSOPHY

I believe in humanity involving compassion, altruism, tolerance and understanding. I combat prejudice, ignorance and violence.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, all foes to true understanding. Likewise tolerance, or broad, wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in our little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Praying every night for couches all around the world to be nice and warm and ready to welcome more and more surfers :) Giving a hand with translating CS web, greeting new members, organizing, participating in meetings and most importantly surfing couches!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couchsurfed in Canada, US, Poland, Lithunia, Latvia, Finland, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand. In the Czech Republic, US, Ireland and Thailand I hosted CouchSurfers from: South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, United States, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Poland, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Hungary, Argentina, Israel, Egypt, Estonia, Austria

Interests

Tea culture, viticulture (wine), Music history, Literature, Sociology, Photography, Politics, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Cooking AND Travelling of course.

Music, Movies & Books

Literature: Milan Kundera, Forest Carter, George Orwell, Haruki Murakami and perhaps all Russian classics and more and more and more Music: world music, ethno music (Nitin Sawhney, Nusrat Fetah, Zulu soul, Vartinna, Afro-Cuban rythms, love dancing salsa! ;) jazz, swing, fusion (Miles Davis, Avishai Cohen, John Scofield, Erick Truffaz, Matthew Herber, Marc Moulin, Santana, St.Germain, US3, Koop, Dave Matthews...) funky (Maceo Parker, James Brown) reggae, dance hall (Bob Marley, Israel Vibration Midnite, Spearhead), classic (Copland, Stravinski, Musorgski, Rachmaninov, Mahler), rock, pop (Phish, Ween, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Portishead, Nirvana, Beatles, Jackson, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd...) and folk stuff, singers (Tom Waits, Jack Johnson, Kings of Convenience, Skye, Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Nina Simon, Astrud Gilberto...) ...I graduated on music high school, play flutes, clarinet, saxophone. Food: I love to cook for people. I love slow food. I love Mediterranean, Italien, Thai, Japanese and Middle East cuisine.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-Reatreat into the Lapland. One month hitch-hiking and couchsurfing only from the heart to the northest point of Europe. - Trip to Yosemity national park. Hiking in wilderness accompanied with bears only :) - Hitchhiking across Japan to the northernmost cape Sōya Misaki and humming Hokkaido highway blues. Watching sunrise on Fuji-san. - Living with a monk on Thai/Burmese border.

I believe traveling alone is the best way to learn from world and learn about myself. "Let the world change you and you can change the world."

Teach, Learn, Share

I love my tea. All my life being around our family tearoom in Prague and working tea-places in CZ and US. For spring harvest 2009 I have helped on tea gardens and worked in tea manufacture in Ujitawara, Japan for two months. Went three times to China and twice Japan for tea learning trips. Visited Vietnamese, Malaysian and Thai tea gardens and producers. _________

I enjoy good wine and have studied wine making and wine tasting at Cool Climate Oenology & Viticulture Institute in Niagara for one semester. Will love to share and talk over bottle of wine with you! _________

I like cooking. I worked as waiter for couple summers and spent most of the time in kitchen with chefs :) We can do European or Asian style or you can teach me your favorite dish! _________ I studied and often exercise multicultural communication competence. I believe I can share some theoretical framework as well as some practical tips and hints. _________ Useful Travel Links in Czechia Idos.cz - Timetable for buses/trains/trams StudentAgency - Cheap/Comfy buses around Europe Eurolines - Buses around Europe BohemianLines - Cheap Buses to Western Europe

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan, Thailand, United States

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