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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 asking you for a couch, and not less why I am happy to have you as my guest at my home in Heidelberg. Be welcome!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
What began as a self-therapy became part of my life's philosophy. When I was inviting my first guest I have been anxious, even a bit scared, but also curious and excited... the latter, luckily, has been a tiny bit more than the first. Today the first has gone, the latter remained, and gratefulness joined.
Living and experiencing life, nature, cultures, supportive communities and sustainable living concepts, sharing economy and 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 that "alternative facts" might be whatever their protagonists want them to be, but definitely no facts. I try to learn all I can discover about natural sciences, in particular earth sciences, astronomy and cosmology. Not much less I am interested in politics, sociology, philosophy and religions.
If I am not with the books, I love being away and outdoors. To hike and travel, to connect with nature and the people. I am more than happy if you like to join me!
- effective altruism
- disaster relief
- earth system science
- holistic anthroecology
- systemic therapy
- quirkology :)
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. It's allegories on human life and society made me thinking when I was a teenager, and it still does so.
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 one of my personal role models. 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 happy share my home with you, so that it is as well your home for the time you are here.
Should you be with me, or if you kindly invited me to be your guest: I believe to know a bit about what I mentioned above, surely I care about it wholeheartedly. I am more than happy to share that with you, if you are interested in hearing about it. If not, don't worry, I am not less happy to keep by myself, what has no meaning for others.
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. Those of historic times, and not less the visioneers of our days. I am admiring the spiritual wisdom of meditators, the warmheartedness of philanthropists, the brilliant minds of so many scientists, and the farsighted human understanding, kindness and care of some other people I just luckily happen to meet somehow and somewhere on my journey through life. They are my teachers, 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 a, yet not complete choice of examples:
The road not taken (R. Frost)
Steps (H. Hesse)
Special and General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein)
Squire von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in Havelland (T. Fontane)
The Ants (J. Ringelnatz)
The Story of the Hammer (P. Watzlawick)
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.
I preferably like to spend my time exchanging thoughts, opinions and stories, experiences, to share my thoughts and experiences 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