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ME AS A GUEST:
I travelled some countries and was always very happy to experience how people from different cultures have totally different opinions and views on the world. I would love to continue growing my knowledge about diversity!
ME AS A HOST:
My apartment is in the district of "Weissenbühl" - feel free to find out if that suits you: https://www.contra8.de/blog/en/weissenbuehl/
Sometimes you might see pictures of nature around Bern on my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contra8
More tips about Bern can be found in my blog: https://www.contra8.de/blog/en/bern-baby-berne/
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I experienced a lot of hospitality when I travelled Turkey for some months in 2015. Those people are awesome! I want to give this back to other travellers. Though in Europe, you cannot simply go to tourists in the streets and tell them: "Hey, come with me, you can stay at my place" - they would call the police. So I use this platform.
Beyond that, travelling makes people become more open-minded and thus may help to make this world a bit more peaceful. That is why I want to support travellers.
Music, Movies, and Books
"Adaption" - a nice movie with Nicolas Cage.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Travelled about 800 km by bicycle together with my son through parts of Poland, Russia and Lithuania.
Nearly became a Muslim in a mosque in Kyrgyzstan (also with my son).
Took 4 weeks of Korean language lessons at Kim Chol Ju University in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea), and received this certificate: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2z1r1e2bd671ah7/DSC08610.JPG?dl=0
Slept in Turkey in an abandoned school house and later in a cafe on the floor: https://www.instagram.com/p/8Orz4JrAa_/
Explained to Turkish students in Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir how vowels in Arabic language work.
Solved some grammar lessons in front of an English class in Pyongyang, North Korea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqQ7f1UMs8
Finished a bicycle race that went 540 km through Norway from Trondheim to Oslo - nonstop. First time I discovered you can suffer from microsleep even on a bicycle. #27hoursonabike
Worked as a bicycle messenger in Berlin during 8 years.
Teach, Learn, Share
I will be able to tell you some stuff about Bern, its history and also about Switzerland in general.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My apartment (of course)
My knowledge about Berne
My stories about other countries and cultures
Maybe my mobile wifi
My "Aare swimbag" if you want to swim in our super beautiful local river, the "Aare"
My superpower to find out your superpower
Maybe some of my friends over here
Please, if you plan to come with the maximum of 3 persons, have a look at this picture first. It shows what your combined sleeping place would look like: https://contra8.de/bedsituation
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mexico, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In