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I am driven by many passions, but I can also be a no-nosense-guy and straight to the point. Strangers describe me as serious, but I'm simply tired of en-vogue sarcasm. I like to be real and honest, not hiding behind irony. If things are not clicking, don't waste time.
I am not someone who says "cool" and "great" all the time, and I don't use expressions like "bucket list". I simply don't like that stuff, and people who talk/act like this are usually annoying to me (and I annoy them). I did amazing (another one of those expressions) things in my life, but I don't brag about it. That's actually real coolness.
I am a trustworthy person, I believe. Okay but I guess you have to trust me in order to believe that!
Emotion and reason are not a contradiction in my opinion - they supplement each other.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I did now a few times and it was always a great experience. I am happy that this idea is surviving in a highly commercialized world. Though some users make use of it to save money. I try to avoid them. When I host or surf I'm interested in the other person. I do host without much interaction occasionally to help someone out, but normally I prefer living alone instead of having a stranger around who wants shared activities or to travel cheap. When I'm traveling and not into interaction, I simply book the cheapest hostel - and that can be quite exciting as well.
Couchsurfing is a good place to meet unknown people and get in touch, though I'm not one of the frequent users (reasons given above). I like to travel low budget, not necessarily because I need to, but I like it simple and down to earth. I am used to a tough lifestyle and if the experience is even tougher, that's an experience I value.
I don't like people to waste my time and I don't want to waste yours. That's why I don't have shitty demands like "read my whole profile, I've hidden three words you have to quote, blablabla...". I'm not here to comfort a low ego. When you need a place to sleep just say so. We will get to know each other personally then.
Once a fellow immigrant told me he is thankful that we spent the day together because he is a bit lonely. That was one of the sweetest things I've heard because it was honest. We are friends since.
Exploring, creating, plants/tree-hugging, self-development/learning, meditation, serious conversations, asking questions normally not asked, looking behind the curtain. There's barely a thing I am not curious about, that's a reason why I know SOMETHING in different areas.
I prefer risk and freedom over security.
Music, Movies, and Books
Too much to quote without doing injustice, especially music.
I like the "deeper stuff", such as Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" (novel).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I was once a German “refugee” in Norway. It has been my goal for quite some time, the latest when I studied in Trondheim. After I finished my studies, I accepted a high profile job just to become feed up with it few months later and quit. Gave away my cheap flat in the middle of Munich (that's rare!), accepted a job in tourism in Møre og Romsdal, bought a one-way-ticket to Norway, gave away most of my stuff, quit my German bank account and insurance and moved to Molde with only a suitcase one week after the interview and 10 days after applying.
Teach, Learn, Share
I know there are many approaches to life. And some can be very hurtful if they do not match, especially in relationships. So I would suggest to be true, honest, and do not harm people's soul. Everybody should care, and not play with people and lives like commodities.
I make a lot of mistakes, why I believe being critical of yourself in one of the most important abilities.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Knowledge, conversations, practical skills. Help. Some people say I'm funny. Hmm. Sometimes, I guess.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In