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I am a curious person and I love to travel. To see other parts of the world, getting to know people from other countries and cultures, learning about their thoughts and perspectives. Maybe even to find new friends. That's also why I am happy to have you as my guest at home in Heidelberg. Be welcome!
Living and experiencing life, nature, cultures, supportive communities and sustainable living concepts, sharing economy, permaculture. I see myself as a philanthropist, interested to understand as much as possible about other peoples views and their perspectives. That's one reason why I started to work in international disaster relief, why I became a systemic counselor and therapist. And why I started to engage myself for a "factful" way of thinking, acting, and by doing this trying to contribute for the reconnaissance against fake news and alternative facts.
And there is the other side of my curiosity. Learning all I can find about natural sciences, above all earth sciences, astronomy and cosmology. Furthermore I am quite interested in politics, sociology, philosophy and religions.
Last, but definitely not least I love being outdoors. To hike and travel, to connect with the nature, and with the people I meet there. I am more than happy if you like to join me!
- earth sciences
Music, Movies, and Books
here are some books which have a special place on my shelf:
Tiziano Terzani. "Noch eine Runde auf dem Karussell - One More Ride On The Merry Go Round" and "Das Ende ist mein Anfang - The End Is My Beginning". Two biographic books of an Italian journalist who takes you on his journey to live life in a wiser and more attentive way. Another book is from Paulo Coelho, who wrote ¨The Alchemist¨. A beautiful tale about a shepherd who learns how to listen, and how to trust his heart to find his way, his aim in this life. I found many parables in these books, which I think are worth to follow myself. Last but not least, you might know it yourself; "The little prince" written by Antoine de Saint-Exupérie. This philosophical fairy tale full of beautiful metaphors and allegories on human life and society made me thinking already when I was a little boy. And it still does.
Last but not least let me mention: "Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think" by Hans Rosling, an ambassador for fact based thinking - and my personal role model. And: "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress" by Steven Pinker
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Loads of vivid memories I have from my travels in Iran and SE Asia. From encounters with people while working on humanitarian aid projects in Africa and South America. Quite magic moments I had when being by myself in the nature, hiking in the mountains of Caucasus, spending a night alone in the desert of Qeshm Island in Iran, walking through the ice-cold snow at Norway's fjords, the warm sands of Floripa's Praja Mole in Brazil.
Or just outside my house-door, when the nature bursts out with young life in early spring. In a dark night, seeing among all the stars the faint nebula spot of Andromeda galaxy with bare eyes; realizing that it's light traveled 2,5 billion years before it puzzled my mind.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am fascinated and inspired by the curiosity and openness of the old universal scholars, the drive of the great explorers, the attitude of humanists and the philosophers of the Enlightenment. In historic times, and not less of our days. I am admiring the spiritual wisdom of meditators, the warmheartedness of philanthropists. They are my mentors, muses and inspiration. Some of these remarkable women and men enunciated the heart of their view in a, at least in my opinion, quite elaborate way. Here just a small choice of examples:
The road not taken (R. Frost)
Steps (H. Hesse)
Squire von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in Havelland (T. Fontane)
The Ants (J. Ringelnatz)
Forty-Two (D. Adams)
Die Abenteuer des Käpt'n Blaubär (Käpt'n Blaubär)
and of course: Philémon and Baucis, the ancient Greek myth's heroes I borrowed my couchsurfing name from.
For me, the best way to spend my time is to exchange thoughts, opinions and stories, experiences, to share what I know and believe with somebody like-minded, to give and receive a little insight about our lives and culture.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I am grateful for any hospitality. What I offer my guests, I am happy to share with my hosts too.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Greece, Grenada, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe