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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:
First things first:
If you intend to stay with a Swiss native please be reminded that I am "just" a German living in Switzerland.
I became a bit picky with guests as my neighbors and the landlord do not like so many foreigners in the house. If you can stay with me or not basically depends on my availability at that time and the way you approach me. Hints for writing a good request can be found here: https://support.couchsurfing.org/hc/en-us/articles/200640010-How-do-I-write-a-good-couch-request-
To be honest, I prefer last minute requests. As I am sometimes travelling spontaneously, I cannot tell if I will be available in 1 or 2 months and will not be able to accept your request immediately.
I live in the district of "Weissenbühl" - feel free to find out if that suits you: http://www.contra8.de/weissenbuehl
More tips about Bern can be found in my blog: http://www.contra8.de/bern
Sometimes, you might see pictures of my neighborhood on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/contra8
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I experienced a lot of hospitality when I travelled Turkey for some months in 2015. These 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 be more open-minded and so can help 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
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
Solved some grammar lessons in front of an English class in Pyöngyang, North Korea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOqQ7f1UMs8
Slept in Turkey in an abandoned school house or in a cafe like this: https://www.instagram.com/p/8Orz4JrAa_/?taken-by=cpachter
Nearly became a Muslim in a mosque in Kyrgyzstan.
Explained to Turkish students in Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir how vowels in Arabic language work.
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.
I will publish those things also in my blog. Will keep you updated here: http://www.contra8.de/bern
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: http://contra8.de/bedsituation
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, North Korea, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In