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  • 73 References 44 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Spanish
  • 41, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Lawyer, Translator, Writer
  • Law and Philosophy, studying History and Literature next
  • From Amberg, Bavaria, Germany
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About Me

I used to work as a lawyer in Germany, but in my heart I have always been an adventurer and an explorer. So I closed my law firm in 2009 and left Germany. I have since lived in Britain, in Malta, in Lithuania, in Italy and in Romania. Since November 2015, I am traveling around South America. I will return to Europe in May 2017.

Instead of going on vacation twice a year, I rather move to another country for six months. This slow way of travelling gives me the opportunity to really get to know a place, to learn about the culture, the history, the people, the political and social aspects of a country. Due to my curiosity, I regularly get accused of being a spy. In Iran, I spent one week in prison because of that. - Watch my TEDx talk if you want to hear how that worked out:

Now I decided to embark on a never-ending journey around the world and to write about it:

If you are looking for me, you will most likely find me in the forest, next to the lake, reading a book and smoking a cigar. Just follow the cigar smoke!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Hosting people is like a holiday coming to my house.
When I travel, I like to meet with Couchsurfers to understand their place better, to get some local advice, to go hiking together.


travel, adventure, outdoor, movies, law, politics, history, languages, running, paintball, reading, downshifting, libraries, literature, journalism, the environment

  • culture
  • books
  • literature
  • environment
  • running
  • paintball
  • politics
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • economics
  • history
  • journalism
  • languages
  • law
  • sociology
  • world history

Music, Movies, and Books

BOOKS: Calvin and Hobbes, The Catcher in the Rye (and everything else by J.D. Salinger), Martin Eden (by Jack London), The Trial (by Franz Kafka), Measuring the World (by Daniel Kehlmann), Wartime Lies (by Louis Begley), Magic Mountain (by Thomas Mann), Jakob the Liar (by Jurek Becker), Catch-22 (by Joseph Heller), Confederacy of Dunces (by John Kennedy Toole), stories by Leonardo Sciascia, In the Sea there are Crocodiles (Fabio Geda), One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), Twelve Chairs (Ilf & Petrov), Journey by Moonlight (Antal Szerb).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Most beautiful place on earth: Yosemite National Park, California, USA.
Most beautiful/impressive city: Jerusalem. Rome is second.
Most memorable journey: Iran in June 2009, including one week in prison.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am a lawyer. I can talk your ears off.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Plenty of great stories.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bolivia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Peru, Romania, United Kingdom

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