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  • 264 references 215 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Dari Persian, English, Polish, Spanish; learning Chinese (Simplified), Russian
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • traveller
  • The School of Life
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

find the good in people.

ABOUT ME

I try to keep a distance to the world and things around me. Don't pay much attention to the past and the future, focus on the present time. I'm fascinated with Buddhist principles and would like to follow it as much as I can. Too mature and too childish for my age at the same time. Sometimes contradictory and hypocritical, impatient and spitfire. I love long hours with books and films.

Since 2011 I´ve been travelling (hitch hiking) in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Americas. For the first 1,5 years with a travel mate, and since 2013 I travel solo. I work on the way, in different countries, doing almost anything (tourism, hospitality service, teaching, office clerk jobs, construction sites etc.). I love meeting locals, learning about cultures, traditions, languages and simply getting to know human nature.

Since Feb 2017 till July 2019 I have been living and working in China. Time to move on now and hit the road again :) I also want to be involved in various voluntary services around the world.

Since the end of July 2019 till August 2021 I was based in Afghanistan, volunteering as an English teacher and working in an NGO. Currently I work in a refugee camp in Poland.

I have a blog in English with some posts about Afghanistan (as well):
http://ludzienadrodze.blogspot.com/

My Instagram: monika.joannah

PHILOSOPHY

odi et amo.
everything is relative and everything is eventual.
je ne regrette rien.
time destroys everything.
不忘初心

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I think both hitchhiking and CS are the best way to conquer the world. The idea of hosting people for free is fantastic and gives everyone a chance to travel, sightsee and meet new people.
So many times CSers (along with other people too) helped me and/or saved my life, that I don´t know if I can pay it back in this lifetime. I´ll try though :)

Interests

psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, films, books, music, meeting people, travelling, languages, coffee

  • writing
  • books
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • meditation
  • movies
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • buddhist
  • anthropology
  • history
  • languages
  • psychology
  • sociology
  • tourism
  • hitchhiking

Music, Movies, and Books

I read mostly everything (apart from love stories), don't have any farourite; classic literature rocks.
Music: punk, rock, metal, indie/alternative, drum'n'bass, trance, house, electro.
Burton, Ritchie, Aronofsky, Noe - all of their films. Horrors, gore/slashers, psychological thrillers/dramas, films about mental illnesses . Not really into comedies unless it's English. Generally I love films!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Visited the most dangerous city in the world (for 2015), the highest city in the world and the southernmost city in the world.
Hiked EBC alone.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach how to cook some simple Polish meals and play Chinese drinking games :)
I want to learn Buddhism, meditation, spirituality, local history, new languages.

What I Can Share with Hosts

My experiences, stories from Poland and other countries. Can cook something or cook together, teach English, Spanish, Chinese and Polish, help in the house if needed etc.

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, China, Denmark, Ecuador, Malaysia, Panama, Peru, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom

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