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Born & raised in Vienna, 2 younger sisters. Worked in tourism (travel agency, travel insurance, windsurfing instructor) for a few years 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 studying towards a master degree in "International Health & Social Management".
I'm half-Austrian, half-Hungarian, and i guess a have a bit of both inside me, I can be rational & emotional at the same time :) Strong family ties, still living close to my parents and sisters. Not the idle type, I 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 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 very often, but i try to host and surf regularly, and find both equally enriching!
Music is one of my biggest passions - i'm an avid record collector, 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, culture & 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 a physiotherapist and yoga teacher, I am also fascinated by the human body, "the greatest instrument you will ever own" - always been into sports, and tried out many of them. 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 I usually like films by David Fincher, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch & the Coen Brothers. I also enjoy watching older classics once in a while, and one film a couchsurfer in Vienna should definitely not miss, is the old black & white classic THE THIRD MAN. It plays every day at the Burg Kino in Vienna, but i also happen to own it on DVD and 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 tastes have 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. Calexico are one of my favourite bands, i've seen them live over a dozen times!
I have a crammed bookshelf that is constantly running out of space, but I 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, the epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice & Fire" by George R.R. Martin, "The King of all Maladies - A Biography of Cancer" by Siddharta Mukherjee, and "Three Cups of Tee" by Greg Mortenson.
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. 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