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"We relate to each other, because we are similar. We learn from each other, because we are different." - AFS
Hey there, Traveler! We are all on a journey, regardless of flying abroad or contemplating in complete silence. Whenever I get to see another part of the world, it is equivalent to exploring new depths of me. Roaming the avenues of metropolises, visiting historic sites, learning new cultures or making new friends all over the globe aren't mere vacations for me. Sure, they're fun to become more cosmopolitan and experience new ways of life, but in the long run it would feel like I have missed something truly important during my travels... So I prefer to immerse myself in the mystique of this world at the same time, while on the way.
If you were expecting me to provide a wider description of me in the section, then I must say that you will have to get to know me personally in order to get a clearer picture of me. I guess words are too superficial when it comes to learning about people and life. Words tend to distort and shrink reality into a conceptual image for the mind, but life is more than that, and so are people! Although, for the sake of this section I can jot down a couple of words for you to have an idea of me at least.
Well you could have guessed it by now that I find great values in spiritual perspectives... Other than that, I love to be an active person, to get out and ride my bike, to stretch myself into yoga poses. I also enjoy morning meditations in the forest, hiking in the mountains and experiencing the beauty of nature. I love to interact, to uplift, meeting new people, and figuring out new puzzle pieces of this mystical life. :)
As a whole, I'm pretty laid-back and outgoing. I have tremendous curiosity about new ideas.
I see great diversity in this world with perfect balance. I am eager to see how we - humans with different cultural backgrounds - are alike, and I am willing, and excited, to embrace what is new!
Be happy NOW, without a reason; or you will never be at all.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I was surfing for three weeks in the summer of 2011 in Milwaukee, WI at an adorable girl's apartment. I loved staying with her, she became my sister! :)
After that, I was surfing in New York City at two places for a week.
I love to live, to laugh, to travel, to meet new people, to share ideas, to do yoga
I love things that uplift, delight, and expand me.
Music, Movies, and Books
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Into the Wild, Across the Universe, A Hard Day's Night, Ocean of Pearls, Celestial Prophecy, Cloud Atlas
Sigur Ros, The Beatles, John Lennon, Bhajans, Guster, Goo Goo Dolls
Way of the Peaceful Warrior, The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior, Journeys of Socrates, The Laws of Spirit, The Earth Speaks, Zen, New Earth, The Power of Now
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I lived in a big family in the USA for a year
I lived in Valladolid (Spain) as an Erasmus student
I camped at the bottom of a canyon for three days
I have seen one of the pure creations of nature, the Grand Canyon
Teach, Learn, Share
“Once you can see the boundaries of your environment, they are no longer boundaries of your environment.”
From the very first moment I arrived in the United States, my cultural perspectives drastically started expanding. I got to experience completely new cultural patterns and I quickly learned that simply observing a foreign culture is just the tip of the iceberg. It is not nearly enough to give someone comprehensive understanding of the whole culture itself. The hidden, subtle, dimensions of a culture, which exist outside human awareness, can only be acquired when someone experiences cultural relativism. I was walking in an American’s shoes for a year where the journey took me through tremendous challenges and I began to move from being less ethnocentric towards a more complete cultural understanding.
At the beginning, the culture shock determined mostly what I perceived and my primary awareness was focusing on the outer aspects of the culture: what people eat, how they dress, what sports they play, what music they listen to etc. However, as time passed by, on one hand, I got rid of the overwhelming experience of culture shock. And, on the other hand, I began to be more receptive; to have my eyes opened to things that I was previously blind to. I started to see, for instance, that hard work is rewarded, and what responsibilities the mother and the father have. I grew to appreciate the mentality that students devote a lot of energy, and work into school sports, which promotes perseverance. I became acquainted with what dating customs people have. I also confronted new challenges by being on the track and the soccer teams. Additionally, at school I learned that Americans value democracy and equal opportunity, just like they emphasize freedom, success and practicality. Also, I got to experience that unity is the basic principle of the American daily life. This isn’t anywhere more evident than the high school students are singing the national anthem before every school game.
After all I had to recognize my perception as one way of viewing the world, not as the way. It actually required me to think outside of what I considered to be the normal parameter before and I had to move beyond categorizing everything into “right” and “wrong” and ultimately conclude it only being “different”.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hungary, Spain, United States