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Try and make the most of my time in Dublin.
I am happily introvert, and interested in people.
I believe in sharing and in privacy.
I like active engagement and useless daydreaming. I like outdoor sports and doing one million things at a time, just as much as I like curling up in my bed, reading.
I like to exchange sarcastic jokes.
I get fits of Wanderlust on a regular basis. Once in a while, I follow them.
"No man is an island, we are all peninsulas instead, partly attached to the mainland - to family, friends, culture, traditions, nationality, gender and many other things. While another part of us only wants to be left alone, by the ocean." (Amos Oz)
"Live and let live" (folk wisdom)
"The answer is within you, but it is wrong" (Corrado Guzzanti)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Sharing company, FOOD, a movie, a book, a natural scenery, a path in the mountains...passing out on couches around Europe (I'm a very skilled and heavy sleeper).
Not much, but great so far. Many people I met while I was living in Munich were couchsurfers. I don't think it makes sense to make a distinction between "couchsurfing friends" and other friends but many people I had a meal with or who went on a hiking or bike tour with me were members of couchsurfing, and some of them became close friends too :)
I surfed couches while travelling in Italy, Ireland, England and Germany. It was almost always a real treat to meet these people. They made me feel at home abroad and made travelling a much more complete experience. I also hosted couchsurfers while living in Trieste. I don't host often as I usually prefer to have a lot of time on my hands and the right state of mind, so as to show people around and make them feel truly welcome. But it's also nice to help someone out by giving them a place to crush.
Hiking and walking
Music, especially Klezmer and European and Balkan folk. I dance in a local folk dancing group and play the clarinet - badly - in a couple of bands.
And well, travelling. Though I haven't had a chance to travel a lot yet :-p
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: it varies, but you can usually win me with anything slow, simple and sad (for some reason, the sadder a tune is, the happier it makes me :-p)
Some of my favourite artists...Tori Amos, Pj Harvey, Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Elisa, Feist, Kings of Convenience, Coldplay, Band of Horses, Mumford and Sons, John Frusciante, Marlene Kuntz, Modena City Ramblers, Caetano Veloso, Anthony and the Johnsons, Chico Buarque, Violeta Parra, Asaf Avidan, The White Stripes, India.Arie, Nayehovici, Sinead O'Connor, Maria Gadu, Beirut, Woodkid, Depeche Mode, Gilberto Gil, James Blake, Wir sind Helden, The Veils, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Radiohead, A Perfect Circle, Florence and the Machine, Josè Gonzales, Elena Ledda, Joni Mitchell, Susheela Raman, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Amon Tobin...and a lot of Soul and R´n´B. Different kinds of folk music: Italian pizzica, Klezmer, Eastern-european, Arabic, Portuguese Fado (Madredeus, Mariza, Amalia Rodriguez), Brasilian popular music and bossa nova, classical and musical, some jazz.
Books: too many to list. Movies: I watched Van Dormael's Mr Nobody lately and I really liked it. I also loved The Visitor by MacCarthy.
I can list many series instead: Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Seinfeld, Father Ted, The Office, Him&Her, The Inbetweeners, Lost, In Treatment...and cartoons: South Park, Daria, Futurama.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Oh God. Not sure :D There are many experiences I find/found amazing, but they might sound commonplace to the experienced couchsurfer :-p Anyway, if I have to name one off the top of my head, dancing a Mazurka is pretty amazing.
So are my sleeping skills, which I'm proud of. I can sleep sitting straight, so if you have no couch, only a chair, that should be enough ;)
Teach, Learn, Share
One of the things I enjoy most is to exchange knowledge about music, books, or movies/series. Especially about music. I suppose could show you how I play the clarinet, but most of it is pretty random. I'm working on improvising, so any help on that would be much appreciated!
Like many people, I am keen on learning about different foods and ready to share my limited knowledge of Italian cooking. And I like to exchange knowledge about languages, so please do correct me, I'll be very grateful.
Countries I’ve Visited
France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy