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Since long time I've been working for different NGOs in the field of youth and intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean. I want to continue my activities in this region, but for a moment I'm stuck in Europe because of my work and lack of opportunities in my beloved region. I enjoy the cultural diversity in the world and try to promote it though my activities. Even if I am Polish, I feel strongly related to the Mediterranean: I enjoy staying outside with my friends, enjoying good food, wine and talking (I'm not a party person). Sun is essential for me to feel good (well sun is something I really miss in Belgium). I travelled quite a lot in my life, also to countries considered as dangerous, some people think that I am crazy:), but these "uncivilised" countries as some people say were my best traveling experiences, and the best, most generous and hospitable people I have ever met. People who do not have much, but will share everything and will care about others. It is such a pity many people from "civilised" countries judge that easily and believe only in images spread by the media. When I travel I do not think about danger, as something dangerous may happen to us everywhere. what pushes me to travel is my curiosity. When I hear many stereotypes about a particular country, it will encourage me even more to go there and get my own opinion.
I love traveling, but there are some countries/regions where I can always come back as: Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Russia, Romania, Arab countries, Caucasus.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
A friend of mine persuaded me to participate. I started to use CS during my Erasmus in France, because it was a great opportunity to discover this country and I continue until now.
I mainly surfed, because in the last years I travelled a lot. Now, because of health reasons I cannot travel that much, so it's time to host
I love cinema, theatre music and good food. When I travel I try to attend cultural events, I always bring some traditional music and films that allow me to better know the country I am visiting. I also try to taste all traditional dishes (vegetarian in my case), learn with locals how to cook them and take the inspirations with me back home together with some ingredients. Food is always the best souvenir I will bring from a trip. Traditional handicrafts are also my weakness. I prefer to have one souvenir, but something really unique, made by hand by a talented person who has the passion for the tradition of the region/country
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: World music (especially Gypsy, classical Arab, Iranian, Turkish, Kurdish, Balkan, Portuguese, Malian, Rebetiko), Jazz
Cinema: Czech, Russian, Palestinian, Israeli, Iranian, Turkish
Books: Kapuscinski, Hugo Bader, Orhan Pamuk, lonely planet :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
When I ask myself that are the most amazing places I've seen 3 countries come into my mind: Yemen, Algeria and Syria before the war. Amazing cultures, still not destroyed by the invasion of tourists. Yemen, the whole country in an open-air museum, and being there is like traveling into the past. Algeria - wonderful people and the best hospitality I have experienced in my life. Syria - amazing people, always smiling ready to help and happy to speak with foreigners - hopefully they will have peace again soon...
Teach, Learn, Share
I always like to share traveling experiences and meet people who inspire me to visit new countries
What I Can Share with Hosts
Brussels is not my favorite place in the world, I cannot say I am integrated. I've been trying to integrate, but it is not my mentality. I am not fascinated by Brussels main tourist attractions, so do not expect to go with me to Grande Place or Manneken-Pis. I can make you discover some of my favorite places in this city as: Turkish and Moroccan neighborhoods and Matongé - Congolese neighborhood. There are also plenty of interesting examples of architecture from the Belle Époque.
Countries I’ve Visited
Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Yemen
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Germany, Poland