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Born & raised in Vienna with 2 younger sisters. Worked in tourism (travel agent, travel insurance, windsurfing instructor) for a while, before moving to the medical field in my mid-twenties and becoming a physiotherapist in 2005. Added a yoga teacher certificate in 2011, and currently again studying, expecting to obtain my master degree in International Health & Social Management in the fall of 2016.
I'm half-Austrian, half-Hungarian, and i guess a have a little bit of both inside me... fiery and introspective at the same time :) Also, I'm not the idle type - i like to make plans, and prefer to live an active life. I enjoy spending time outdoors - hiking, climbing & snowboarding the Alps or windsurfing & kayaking our beautiful lakes & rivers - combine that with living in one of the most liveable cities in the world (Vienna, recently also Innsbruck & Oslo, due to my studies), i guess you can say i'm pretty lucky!
My philosophy: treat everyone as you'd like to be treated. I practice yoga and believe in self-realization through self-improvement. Each and every one of us, we can make this world a better place. As Mahatma Ghandi put it: "We must become the change we want to see in the world."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
A tight budget should never keep you from exploring. I've been there myself, trying to make ends meet, yet wanting to travel to distant countries and meet people from other cultures. Couchsurfing enables you to do both, and on a shoestring! A "veteran" member by now I don't go to meetings that often, but i try to host and surf regularly, and find both equally enriching!
Besides communicating with other humans, music is one of my biggest passions - i'm an avid record collector and mediocre guitar player and i go to concerts regularly. Film is another, i consider myself somewhat of a movie buff and am a regular visitor at the annual VIENNALE Film Festival in my hometown. I love to read & travel and i'm interested in foreign countries, their history and politics. Consequently, travel guidebooks take up a good amount of space in my bookshelf and you're welcome to browse through them to find inspiration for your next trips! Natural sciences are not my natural strength, but I'm interested in physiology & medicine, which is also why I work/study in health. This is also because i'm a sporty type - I played in several sports clubs (ice hockey, soccer, tennis and baseball) during my childhood and adolescent years, and overall there's not too many sports that i haven't at least tried out. Though certainly not a couch potato, i do appreciate the comfort of cocooning at home every once in a while and therefore invested in a good couch, which is good news for you couchsurfers! ;)
Music, Movies, and Books
There's too many good movies to list here, but one thing that a couchsurfer in Vienna should not miss, is the old black & white classic THE THIRD MAN, which plays regularly in a movie theater downtown, and which i also happen to own on DVD. If you stay with me, i might be able to offer you a private screening! :)
As for music, I grew up on Grunge and Indie-Rock in the 90's, but my taste has evolved and there's also a fair amount of Folk, Country, Jazz, Blues & HipHop to be found in my record collection which consists of about 400 CDs and 50 vinyl LPs at the moment.
I have a crammed bookshelf that is constantly running out of space, but i still refuse to switch to e-books. I read all kinds of books, and like to mix it up between fiction and non-fiction. Some of my favourite books in recent years were "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts, "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis, "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck, and of course the epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice & Fire" by George R.R. Martin, which I devoured over the last 2 years. Currently I'm reading a great book about cancer ("The King of all Maladies") and lots of stuff for my master thesis, which I'm working on this spring.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I spent half of 2011 on a sabbatical in the United States, seeing "the Best of the West" on an epic journey by car, train, bus & plane that took me through 12 States, 13 National Parks, and 14 big cities. Maybe the most amazing thing I've done though was travelling solo to Algeria in 2009, a whacky adventure that included a 4-hour custody with the military police and ended with me smuggling a tiny little kitten in my hand luggage (through customs & on 2 airplanes) to Vienna. It became my pet, received an Algerian nickname (Zizou), and if you decide to visit me you'll get to meet him.
Teach, Learn, Share
Obviously, as a native speaker, I could certainly help you hone your German and flavour it with some Viennese idioms, but i'm also fluent in English if that's what you prefer to speak. I enjoy cooking and love to share recipes with people from around the world. I play guitar and would be eager to learn from other musicians or teach beginners. I have a basement full of sports equipment and can introduce you to such diverse sports as tennis, baseball, volleyball, windsurfing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, ice skating, ice hockey & snowboarding! :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I enjoy cooking, so i'd be happy to prepare dinner for us if time allows it. Sitting down for a meal is always the best opportunity to get to know my hosts & guests a little better. I will make sure to add some traditional Austrian dishes to my repertoire before i hit the road next time! If you suffer from physical ailments, i'm also happy to apply my physiotherapeutic skills and share my yogic wisdom ;) - honestly, would you say no to a couchsurfer who basically offers you dinner & a free massage? :D
Countries I’ve Visited
Algeria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In