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Let's begin with some definitions:
A traveler is a person open to new ideas.
A tourist is a person looking for comfort and relaxation. (Not that there's anything wrong with it.)
About me: full-time traveler, part-time tourist. I like cultural shocks, remote places, natural wonders, new flavours, unexpected events. I love harsh desserts, mysterious mountains and quiet countryside villages. I will do anything new just for the sake of it being new. I'm not very much into partying, drinking and stuff.
'Compare yourself to who you were yesterday not to who someone else is today.' (J. Peterson)
'There's nothing worse than discovering your own mistakes'. (L. v. Beethoven)
'Host also people whom you dislike.' (Angela H., a sheep farmer from New Zealand)
'Humans are social animals. We are dependent on each other to survive.' (Miss G.)
Don't let your phone distract you from the real world around you.
Pick up hitch-hikers.
Don't be politically correct.
Never trust your doctor.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I don't want to host you unless you want to meet me, I don't want you to host me, unless you're willing to share a bit of yourself with me.
I am an experienced couch surfer, I've done it about 50 times. I've had about 3 bizzare experiences but no bad ones really.
Apart from CS I've stayed with people whom I met on the spot. Sometimes they helped me, sometimes I helped them, mostly they just invited me to their house. Those experiences are precious to me. If you want me to host you, include in your message the following: I am a sheep from New Zealand.
I once got in trouble on a random Indonesian island where I was just about the only traveller. A young boy of 19 years helped me big time. Some years later he got brain tumour. He asked me to contribute for his surgery. I did. Today he's 33 and lives in Melbourne. This is proper stuff! This is real! Are you kidding me?!
I'm a classical musician. Music is my passion and my profession, I work what I live and I live what I work.
I practice Chinese tea ceremony. I travel.
I'm into sports (swimming, hiking, skiing, cross-country-skiing...)
I read books. I walk fast. I play the jew's harp. I'm into psychology and evolutionary biology.
I'm a foodie. I cook and eat. Food doesn't happen in restaurants, it happens on the streets or in peoples' homes. My diet consists of foods from all over the world. I'm consistently inconsistent in my choices of the daily menu.
Music, Movies, and Books
Let's not talk about music. You're not a classical musician so I don't want to bore you. But if you ever feel like it, try listening to a Beethoven symphony. It'll do you only good, I promise.
Some books I think everyone deserves to read:
SCIENCE: Guns, Germs and Steel (Jared Diamond), Black Box Thinking (Matthew Syed), Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)...
FITCION: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Muriel Barbery), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)...
Some films I think everyone deserves to see: Eyes Wide Shut, Capernaum, Mullholland Drive, Parasite, Grand Budapest Hotel.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Here's the story: I forgot my passport, my wallet with all the money (except some change in my pocket), credit cards and plane tickets in a front seat pocket of a night bus to the airport of Ujung-Pandang (Makassar) on Sulawesi, Indonesia. I (typically) didn't panic but took a cab to the imigration office which was on another airport an hour drive away. I miraculously had a photocopy of my passport and after severe inspection and questioning I was given a temporary visa to be able to get out of the country. I returned back to the first airport with my last few cents and found out that a local guy had already been searching for me. He saw what had happened, then went home, changed his clothes, took his motorbike, drove to the airport, found me and returned me all the stuff that I had lost on that bus. He didn't want money or food or drink, he just thought it was normal to give a guy back his stuff no matter the effort. This is proper stuff! This is real! Are you kidding me?!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to cook red lentils in 101 different ways.
What I Can Share with Hosts
The story of my life up until now. The current story of my life. The plans for my future life.
Many question about your life.
But I also cook and clean. Feel free to exploit me for this.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, New Zealand, Slovenia