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Overview

  • 13 References 8 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish; learning Finnish, German, Japanese, Māori, Persian (Farsi), Swedish
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2016
  • Artist | www.adinaispas.com
  • Graphic Design, Foreign Literature, Landscape Architecture
  • From Buzău County, Romania
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About Me

Hi surfers! Welcome to the magic of Romania. I am an artist and art history researcher residing in Bucharest.

Tips for successful requests:
1. Please send your request at least one week before your arrival. It's important for me to prepare for guests, so that you can have a memorable experience.
2. I don't do meetups, only hosting + surfing + events. I only accept friend requests from CS members I met in real life.
3. Be a conscious traveller. Requests written as "I want to experience the local culture or food" will be declined for these reasons: it is already understood all surfers seek the local experience; but my job is not to be another typical local or a tourist office. I am a thinking individual, so there are some things about the local "culture" that I decline to promote. I see travel not as a way to satisfy cravings for unusual sensations, but a way to discover our many connections. My job is to show we always have a choice. This is what is brilliant about things like CS in the first place, as they give us the chance to connect in spite of exploitation systems. After all, you wouldn't want me to support those local businesses that take advantage of you, would you?
4. Please note I live vegan - expect to share in this while you're staying with me.
5. You shouldn't aim to adapt to "my rules" for my sake - it's much more important to genuinely care about the same things I do...

PS:
The "About" page lists things I can share with hosts.
For what I can share with guests, see "My Home" instead.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I was introduced to the community in 2016, first as an event platform and later as a homestay network. The latter rang a few bells: my first experience staying with locals was Japan in 1997. They matched my letters with amazing experiences organized around my interests - just normal travel stuff (I see now), but for me at 14 it was shockingly new and otherworldly.
It worked! I decided I would become a traveller, and I'm still so addicted to it! Romanians have an old tradition of wanderlust, too - long ago it was considered an important part of one's education. Because of travelling, the needs of the heart are highlighted, while war and imbalance result from the suppression of those needs.

I'm still learning this vision that I can identify with the freedom I find on my travels, instead of worrying about not fitting in society when I come home. That was quite a revelation, and I'm sincerely grateful for the space I have here in Bucharest, so I wish to share it with like-minded people and facilitate that dream...

Interests

  • animals
  • books
  • architecture
  • street art
  • lgbt rights
  • vegan
  • drawing
  • magic
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • art history
  • solo travel
  • mythology
  • illustration
  • vegan food
  • contemporary dance
  • veganism
  • landscape architecture
  • gardens
  • travel blogging
  • vegan cooking
  • ecstatic dance
  • irish dance
  • persia
  • androgyny
  • shojin ryori

Music, Movies, and Books

Most stuff from England or with fairy tale/magic/queer elements, Holy Grail info, Native Americans, Atlantis Unified Theory (Logic). They all play into one another. Some of my all-time favourite books are children's books I had, which taught me about respecting animals and myself as a result.
Freddie Mercury & Queen, I know quite a bit about them.
I love Persian poetry a.k.a. Sufi (Zoroastrian) and all Scandinavian music.
I like J.R.R. Tolkien the initiate, who used his Dreams to go beyond what his beliefs told him.
Hollywood movies, not so much, because they reverse the true alchemy - but let's say "Legend" (1985) was an interesting puzzle piece.
Japanese animé and Cartoon Network were a big part of my life after 1989, when the fall of Communism made for an abundance of new-old shows being broadcast here, in several languages. This makes me happy because unlike most of my compatriots I never fell for the transfer of power to the Orthodox Church, and instead I connected with a Pagan substrate teaching me about integrity and self-worth.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbing Mt. Fuji (Japan) to the top.
Base jumping off the Auckland Tower (New Zealand).
Whale-watching in Kaikoura (New Zealand).
Painting an Egyptian mural fragment using accurate ancient techniques.
Meeting Manu Bennett in Bucharest to give him an article I wrote about the connections between Maori culture and Neolithic Cucuteni culture - and he got the concept instantaneously! Whaaa? :D
Taking part as an ally in Pride Bucharest.
... and more.

Teach, Learn, Share

"Yoga is a fun way to learn new animals." :P
I can proofread anything for you (in English or Romanian), teach you Khemetic Seeing, and I am looking to learn more about how to be active and sporty. I would also love to learn Shojin cooking sometime.
My newest project as an art researcher, Bucharest Art Bites, aims to have travellers share directly in the culture of Bucharest: https://web.facebook.com/Bucharest-Art-Bites-2013849352201666/

What I Can Share with Hosts

Very good listening skills.
Knowledge about Romania as an ancient fantasy spot (using literature, films and music from your own country to connect the dots).
Hiking or jogging in your favourite places. (Cycling to be added soon!)
Visiting art galleries, or taking architecture walks.
Vegan recipes from Romania and/or Persian cuisine, demonstration included.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

New Zealand, Romania

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