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Julian Etzel

Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand

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Last login 27 days ago

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Overview

  • 59 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Arabic (North Levantine), French, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • traveling the world
  • learning how the world really is by ...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Travel the world and try to make it better beginning by myself

ABOUT ME

I am who I am and I like to be who I am. I am a calm person and I like to listen. I am passionate about dreams I want to achieve in life and I love to meet interesting people & having a good time in good company. At the moment I am wandering not knowing where I am going but certain of where I want to end up.To be continued...I grew up in Germany with my 2 brothers and my sister.

I left Germany in August 2008 and started to do social work with children in Bethlehem (Occupied Palestinian Territory). I ended up fundraising, writing and organizing my own projects and having a great time working with Palestinian kids and teaching them some basic English.

I stayed for 15 month in the Middle East before I went spontanous to Australia. I work & holidayed in Australia for 14 month with a short break (2 weeks Timor Leste - rode my bicycle from the capital to the East tip - great country + great people).

After Australia I spent a few month traveling in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and after a short time in China I got to know my girlfriend in Hong Kong. I found a job as English teacher and again enjoyed very much to work with the local kids. I stayed around a year and in April 2012 I decided to get back to Germany but not without a detour.

I flew together with my girlfriend to Cairo and we had a great trip in Egypt. Hitchhiked through the Sinai ending up in Israel/Palestine. It was great to get back to a place where I lived before, meeting friends and neighbors again. After we flew to Greece spending great times with couchsurfers enjoying the Islands and the Mainland as well. Continuing by ferry to South Italy and spending some time on Sicilly, I finally got back to Germany in Summer 2012.

Since then I am studying here...and cannot wait to get back on the road again.

I travel light as I think it is important to leave as many things behind as possible. Only this way you can figure out how few material stuff you actually need. I like to meet local people everywhere I go as I think that is the way you get to know a "country" best. It is people I meet that are always my best memories of a country I traveled to.

PHILOSOPHY

I have to steal a bit from here and there but I just combine and make it mine.

Ever Tried. Ever Failed No Matter. Try Again Fail Again Fail Better. (Samuel Beckett)

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time. (Steven Wright)

A mistake is simply another way of doing things. (Katharine Graham)

Fait de ta vie un rêve, et de ton rêve une réalité. (Saint Exupery)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I host and I surf couches.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I hosted and surfed. Many great, many good and no negative experiences.

Interests

Nature, its beauty and everything else that comes with it amazes me. I am an outdoor person. I enjoy trekking, camping & biking. I like to play soccer, ultimate frisbee & beach volleyball.I like to go for a drink and have a good conversation or just to listen.I enjoy cooking and eating good food from all around the world. There is nothing I won't try.

Music, Movies & Books

Once Upon A Time In The West, From Dusk Till Dawn, Seven, The Departed, The Silence Of The Lambs, Schindler's List, The Blues Brothers, Gladiator, Waltz With Bashir, The Pianist, Promises (The documentary about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict), In Bruges...Bud Spencer & Terence Hill MoviesMy favorite book is 'Papillon', the last good one I read was 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'. 'All Quiet On The Western Front' is a great book. 'Nathan The Wise', 'The Kite Runner'I generally prefer books that are based on a true story.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I saw two moons in Australia. Whatever it was, I saw it.

Traveling!

Teach, Learn, Share

If you want to teach me something I'll definitely consider learning it!

I like to learn languages so improving/learning English, French, Arabic, Spanish & Chinese (Mandarin) is the plan for now.

I love to cook for people and sharing the meal. So what about sharing recipes.

When everybody shares everything the world would be a great place!

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Palestine

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