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what's so funny 'bout peace. love and understanding ?
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We are a family of 4: Andrea, Marcus, Tamuna, Samiran (in chronological order). Andrea is a nurse in a hospital, Marcus is a part-time university lecturer and freelance writer working from home on responsible tourism. Tamuna and Samiran go to school during the day and in the afternoon its playgrounds, swimming pool or any other fun time pass. Mostly, we manage to cook together in the evening and enjoy our meal together, which we believe is a crucial institution for a healthy family life.
Whenever we feel like, we roam around the planet thus starting early to teach the kids how diverse, rich and beautiful this world is. And we love to have guests. They sometimes wonder how easily the kids cope with new people - but they have been used to that from their very first days.
Das Fernsehen hat mir vor 25 Jahren die drei Fragen "Wieso? Weshalb? Warum?" beigebracht. Das heutige TV-Programm hat sie mir abgewoehnt. 25 years ago the TV taught me the three questions: Why, what for, how come. Today`s TV-program broke me of.
Tab water is not poisonous.
Religion might be
TV is not interactive
Eating is fun and communion
No (dis)place like 127.0.0.1
Unformation or information
Not personal but very important to us is what Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia once said:
"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We host and we travel with CS. People come and stay with us, we spend time together and we explore what we feel is worth seeing - be it at home or abroad. Please spent decent time in looking up a profile, before writing to a fellow CSer. From our experience, one personal message is more efficient than a dozen bulk mail. Think it from your hosts perspective: Why should we welcome you in our home? What's the value for us? What's so interesting about you? And what are the reasons why you want to visit us, and not another CS (Vienna is really well-equipped with them). If you come for less then 3 days it is hard for us to understand how we can spent valuable time with you. You will understand that as a family we are bound to a kids-friendly time frame. We do spent nights out in clubs, but thats a rare pleasure. Do you want company for club-nights, or do you come to babysit, so that we can go out? Make up your mind what attracts you to staying with a family.
There is a very useful wiki-site with great advise How to write a Couch-Request. Check it. It will really make your life in CS richer and help you become a very valuable part of this global hospitality community.
The site will also explain you, why you should use the CSrequest button to request a couch and why personal messages are not a good way to ask for CSing for several reasons.
In May 2006, we went to Budapest and had a wonderfull time with Klara, her husband and their six children.
Since, we have hosted several people in India, in Austria and in Germany, and we have continued travelling with CS
CS made our winter tour through Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Turkey 2009/2010 a wow-experience with so many nice people we encountered and shared their home with us...
From 2010-2012 we hosted plenty of wonderful people in Vienna - coming from all over the world and all walks of life.
Couchsurfing 2.0: We re-visited CS-friends in Brussels in fall and were hosted in Netherlands, Spain, France in winter 2010/2011.
Now, in Saarland, we annually hardly receive the amount of CS-requests we had in Vienna during a single week. However, our doors are open.
We try hard to be outside at least for a couple of hours daily. Andrea sometimes manages to spare some time for jogging and to rarely for reading books (after all to improve her English). Marcus is passionate about tourism and travel and the people involved in that, and addicted to reading and writing - professionally this blends well in my work at my travel magazine. Tamuna now is full time busy being an 11-year old young woman, going to a regular secondary school, after attending a Steiner-School in Vienna, and a Montessori-class here in Saarland. . Samiran feels fine wherever he is, as long as there is enough food around.
Music, Movies, and Books
Patti Smith: Free money / People have the power
Chumbawumba: The good ship lifestyle
Peter Frampton: Free bird
Ozzy Osbourne: Mother Earth
Tod und Mordschlag: Clown klau'n
generally, from Air to Zappa: Alternative, Blues, Crossover ... Zouk.
Spanish Punk rocks even if you dont get all lyrics, Ozzy was great long before MTV, Jazz can be quite demanding...
Though we appreciate the beautiful art of movies, we don't have a TV and dont miss it much. We entertain ourselves with internet, board games, books, music, talks...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Birth is a wonder, as is the speed in which children pick up new skills.
Or is this about the huge lionfish we saw while snorkeling in Honda Bay/Palawan/Philippines, the sunrise boat cruise with the fisherman to the Ghats of Malda/West-Bengal/India, the Barracuda that could as well have eaten us on Koh Phanghan/Thailand, the small lanes of Venice/Italy, the pace of Berlin/Germany, the Rhinos in Assam/India...
Teach, Learn, Share
Do you enjoy board games? We do!
Bringing up children is a topic for itself. This always is plenty of food for thoughts and reason for exchange.
Andrea's profession has as well often been good topic for entertaining evenings - who has not been in a hospital yet.
Marcus is a maniac with his profession: He holds a masters in Sustainable Tourism Management, has worked in India with Community-based Eco-Tourism and in Austria as a trainer on child-protection in tourism, and is now - in addition to running a communication consulting for responsible tourism - a lecturer for international tourism management at Saarland Business school....besides he is not a bad cook
The children are anything between sooo cude and horribly pestering. What would the world be like, if adults would continue to teach, learn and share in such innocent manner.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Guadeloupe, India, Italy, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Germany, India