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Overview

  • 9 References 7 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Italian, Romanian; learning Finnish, German, Persian (Farsi)
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2016
  • Artist | www.adinaispas.com
  • Graphic Design, Foreign Languages/Literature, Landscape A...
  • From Buzău County, Romania
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About Me

Hi surfers! Welcome to the magic of Romania. I am an artist residing in Bucharest and a local nature guide educated in Landscape Architecture.

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" and will only add CS friends after I meet them in person through hosting/surfing/events, not before.
3. Be a conscious traveller. I will only consider letters that are a bit more thoughtful than "I want to experience your local culture and the local food there", as my focus is not being a typical local or a tourist office. You are perfectly capable of exploring anything on your own and drawing your own conclusions. By contrast, there are some things about the local culture that I, as an individual, decline to promote. 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.
4. Surfers who offer to cook meals: please note my VEGAN profile.
5. While my couch is for free, my time is not. I am looking for a fair exchange whereby I open my home and pay attention to your needs so that you treat others with kindness, too. You shouldn't aim to adapt to my rules for my sake, or consider my "human personality" a rigid given - it's much more important to genuinely care about the same things I do, and understand my job is to protect the life of my nature friends.

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 gradually introduced to the community in 2016, first as an event platform and later as a hosting app, both of which I enjoy very much.

My first experience being hosted was Japan in 1997, part of a youth exchange program which included creative workshops. The goal was for us to become young ambassadors for international peace. They organized amazing experiences - just normal travel stuff (I see now), but for me at 14 it was shockingly new and otherworldly.
It worked! Since then I've been addicted to travelling, far or near. Romanians have a long tradition of wanderlust, too - long ago it was considered a natural 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, too (how to identify with the freedom I find on my travels, instead of worrying about not fitting in when I come home). Nowadays I'm sincerely grateful for the space I have as my own, so why not share it with open-minded people and facilitate that dream...

Interests

  • cats
  • arts
  • books
  • performing arts
  • architecture
  • street art
  • dancing
  • lgbt rights
  • yoga
  • drawing
  • magic
  • hiking
  • martial arts
  • art history
  • solo travel
  • mythology
  • archaeology
  • illustration
  • vegan food
  • contemporary dance
  • veganism
  • landscape architecture
  • irish dancing
  • ceramics
  • gardens
  • travel blogging
  • vegan cooking
  • latin dances
  • black sea culture (antediluvian)
  • persia
  • androgyny

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 was a big part of my life after the Romanian revolution of 1989.

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 it" instantaneously! Whaaa? :D
Taking part as an ally in Pride Bucharest.
... and more.

Teach, Learn, Share

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. We will share new adventures and memories about old ones.

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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