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Alex Lackner

Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria

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Overview

  • 22 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Hungarian, Spanish
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • currently student, but also a physio...
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physiotherapy, ...
  • From Vienna, Vienna, Austria
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About Me

Currently back at university at 38 and studying in the heart of the Alps, Innsbruck/Austria! :)

Born & raised in Vienna alongside 2 younger sisters. Worked in tourism (travel agency, travel insurance, hotel industry, windsurfing instructor) for a while, before moving to the medical field in my mid-twenties & obtaining a bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy in 2005. Trained to become a hot yoga teacher in 2011. Now studying in Innsbruck to obtain a master's degree in International Health & Social Management.

I'm half-Austrian, half-Hungarian, and i guess a have a little bit of both inside me: I posess the pragmatic, grounded-in-reality thinking of an Austrian, but i'm also a melancholic dreamer, driven by curiosity and restlessness, which maybe is more of a Hungarian character trait.

I'm not the idle type - i love 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 - combined with living in one of the most liveable cities in the world (usually Vienna, currently Innsbruck), 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

Quite simply because it's brillant! A tight budget should never keep you from exploring, and i like to think of strangers as "friends i haven't met yet". 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! I think it's important to give back to the community, though - by not only surfing, but hosting as well, which i find just as enriching! If people only surf and never host, they're really missing out on something!

Interests

Music is one of my biggest passions - i'm an avid record collector and mediocre guitar player and i like to go to live shows. 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!

As mentioned before, i enjoy sports; 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 tried yet, which is also one reason that led me to become a physiotherapist. I'm certainly no couch potato, though i do appreciate the comfort of cocooning at home every once in a while - my zodiac sign is Cancer, after all! :)

Music, Movies & 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, but 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 have mellowed out a little with age.... organic, thoughtful and well-crafted rock music is still what i enjoy most, but there's also a fair amount of Folk, Country, Jazz, Blues & HipHop to be found in my record collection which consists of CD's mostly but I've started collecting Vinyl again as well recently.

I am more a Beatles than a Stones person, although i don't necessarily consider myself a fan of either of the two. In recent years it's been a lot of Americana & Alternative Country (Calexico, Wilco). My favourite albums of 2014 were Jonathan Wilson's "Fanfare" , Tom Petty's "Hypnotic Eye" and Alt-J's "This is all yours".

I have a crammed bookshelf that is running out of space, but i still refuse to switch to e-books, simply because i love the feel of books. I like to mix it up between fiction and non-fiction, and 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 famously became HBO's "Game of Thrones" TV saga. HBO is also responsible for 2 other TV shows i like to watch and happen to own on DVD: "The Wire" and "Tremé", both by David Simon.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I spent half of 2011 in the US, 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. The craziest thing I've done lately though, was travelling to Algeria in 2009, a whacky adventure that not only included a 4-hour custody with the military police but also 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 practise your German and maybe understand the local Viennese dialect, 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 a great opportunity to get to know my hosts or guests a little better. I will make sure to add some traditional Austrian dishes to my repertoire before i hit the road! :)

If you suffer from ailments typically associated with today's lifestyle, like tension, stress, headaches or insomnia, i'm also happy to apply my physiotherapeutic & yogic skills on you :)

Countries I've Visited

Algeria, Australia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Venezuela

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Greece, Hungary

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