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learn Chinese, run marathon, establish online business
What can I say... The universe is a big unpredictable, indifferent place. I am trying to find my place and meaning in it and to enjoy the process. (even if never finding real answers.
Until going to university I did not do much traveling, just few trips in Europe. And then in second year I went on Erasmus Muindus program to Uzbekistan - thats where it all started. From there I went for a 6 week solo backpacking trip to South East Asia where I felt the magic of Asia, the lure of Orient (and I do not mean anything colonial by this word ;)). Being back to home country I went for a hitchhiking trip to Serbia, then to Erasmus to Poland, exchange studies to South Korea, Eramus Internship in London - all places I met wonderful people from couchsurfing and others, seen amazing places and found so many things about the world and myself. I decided to go for master degree in Modern Asian Studies and this got me to my most magic country so far - Taiwan. These places and experiences built me as a person and that is all I can say I think.
It is difficult to describe oneself in narrative words, especially if one is not a skilled writer I think. But I hope these scraps of information will provide some picture of me, myself and I.
My philosophy is somewhere between Plato, Confucius, John Lock, J. S. Mill with a mix from Machiavelli and Marshall McLuhan and all with a bit of Woody Allen. So if translated I believe that state should be governed by philosophers, really smart people, not just simply popular, I believe in education and learning things just for the sake of learning, I believe in rational choice and private property, I believe in feminism and (with a limit) personal liberty. However, I do think that not perfect, but indeed not that good conditions create most creative, most vibrant people, personalities. I also think that technology has a lot to do with way people behave, they live, them not even realizing how much it matters. And all in all, it all being so complex and mixed up, I try not to take life to seriously.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I surf couches, host people, go to CS gatherings, sometimes organize them and promote CS idea to others. CS has given me so much so I try to give back too.
Couchsurfing meetings:In Uzbekistan (partly organized first CS meeting in Tashkent) 2008In Hanoi 2008Scary Warsaw Summer Camp 2009Krakow International Couchsurfing Gathering 2009Vienna Calling 2009Few meetings in South KoreaSurfed:Wilfried Herve Koh Tao, ThailandWichuda Saengpakdee Bangkok, ThailandTeresa Pham Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamZane Livina Riga, LatviaKlaudyna Ziolkowska Poznan, PolandKamila Solarska Torun, PolandValerii Shypunov Lviv, UkraineVova Ignatov Kiev, UkraineAdrian Solorio Chemerivtsy, UkraineENDIGRRRL (Karolina) Wroclaw, PolandLukas Jozefowicz Krakow, Poland Marcin Wójcik Krakow, PolandJacqueline von Angern Burghausen, GermanyHeinz Szolarz Vienna, Austria Tomasz Tyczynski Lublin, PolandHaYoung Choi Gyeongju, South KoreaSamuel Gordon, Fes, MoroccoDani Gol, Tel Aviv, IsraelEgi Chiu, Zhunan, Taiwan Patrick Foran, New Orleans, USA, Adam Jacobs, Tuscon, Arizona Yosemtie Sam, California, USA, Dawn Sardinas, New York, USA William Lee, Chicago, USA, Diem Nguyen, Seattle, USA,
Hosted:Santeri Junttila from Tartu, EstoniaKatrīna Putniņa from Riga, LatviaPatryk Dziwiński from Bartoszyce, PolandPaulina Kruczynska from Suwalki, PolandAnastasia Murzakova from Nizhniy Novgorod, RussiaOlga Safranovich from Minsk, BelarusChris.Berlin from Berlin, Germany
Well, at least one interest is easy to gues, me being here - traveling. More, I love knwoledge. I am interested ins omany things, from quantum physics to sociology, political science, media studies, linguistiqs - you name it. For me it is fascinating, I like getting to know world, how it works fom physical way to how societies function. So many things seems so different when one views them in historical perspective. And there are so many ways to view things, so many perspective, so many biases, that it never seems real enough. Eventually one finds the same truth what Socrates did - that more you know the less you know. But I still try to know more :)
Music, Movies, and Books
I LOVE rock, from the early rock'n'roll age to todays progressive and post rock. Examples would be The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Metallica, Gun'n'Roses, AC/DC, Nirvana, Tool.
I also LOVE blues - especially the really old one, that is still fom vinil plates and you can hear the cracks in the record. The simple man and his guitar - like Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McDowell and others.
I also just love old jazz - The Mills Brothers, The Ink Spots, Ella Fitzgerald, Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington - their music always makes me feel calm.
I also enjoy classic music, especially piano. And many other styles.
More of music I love:
I love movies. I enjoy watching them, I enjoy reading about them, from just histoy of cinema, to actual academic studies of film, or the influence of cinematographic thought to society and else. I love early silent cinema like "Modern Times" and "Metropolis" "Cabinet of Dr. Calligari". I love film noir - how special is the whole movie style, the wya people talk, the way it sounds, I adore Hitchcock and Orson Welles movies. I love cyberpunk and all (good) movies about technology and human relation, so "Blade Runner" and "The Matrix" (first part) are on top of my list. Being geeky I love fantasy movies, so LOTR is there and sci-fi movies (but no, I have not seen Star Trek). I worship Woody Allen and David Cronenberg. First one for the way he can keep serious ideas in humorous forms, and the way his movies explore life, I have seen most of his movies and seeing whole history of director is very special. I especially like his latest "Whatever Works" and "Midnight in Paris" for the way optimistic about humanity they are. David Cronenberg is the most weird director for me. Since I saw his "eXistenZ" I kept watching his others - I especially love "Crash", "Naked Lunch" and "Videodrome", I think Cronenberg is very daring to make his movies from certain books that might seem unfilmable. I also love and try to see more Asian cinema. Akira Kurosawa is of course there, his Seven Samurai and Rashomon are amazing. I love Oldboy and Kim Ki Duk movies. I love how different Asian cinema is, what kind of daring ideas and strong issues they pick up, it can be real gem for those tired of mainstream hollywood (and not saying that Hollywood does not have good movies, just that so many are very similar). And I at last started writing about movies and started Asian cinema blog: http://theasiancinemablog.com/
More of my movies:
I know I am using "LOVE" a lot, but books is a thing I loved before I was into music or movies. So we have long lover story. Recently I have been reading more again, mostly academic books, some of which I could also recommend, like Benedict Anderson "Imaginned Communities" about birth of nacionalism, Marshal McLuhan "Understanding Media" - still a daring book about technological determinism. But of course fiction is what I have read the most and I like wide variaty, so I will mention few authors: Fiodor Dostojevsky (because I think russian realism is best realism), Franz Kafka, J.G. Ballard, Albert Camus, Kenzaburo Oe, George Orwell, William Golding, Stephen King, Alessandro Baricco, Ivo AndriÃâÃÂ, Ernest Hemingway, Lord Byron...etc. I wish I would have loads of time, or kind of be able to bend space-time continuum, to read oh so many books I want to. Now my goal is to read more asian authors and cyberpunk classics.
More my books: http://www.shelfari.com/darameja/shelf
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had a trip to see Aral Sea in Uzbekista, which is becoming smaller and smaller all the time because of environmental disaster caused by Soviets. I was actually standing on what used to be a bottom of the sea.
I have jumped from 12 meter cliff to water in Thailand, Koh Tao island, it was a difficult thing to do, as brain always says "no" to such crazy things.
I went caving in Ukraine and been going down on ropes to a few caves, which is very unique experience.
I hitchhiked across USA from Miami to L.A.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can tech how to cook one simple sweet dish called "lazy" and Uzbek plov.
I love sharing ideas, experiences, food. So many things are much better when shared.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Laos, Latvia, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Israel, Lithuania, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan