Darek Wędrychowski

Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland

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"- Niech pan powie, co pan właściwie robi w życiu? - Szukam pozytywnych wartości." Pożegnania, 1958


Hello my friends!Sam jeszcze nie wiem, co ze mnie wyrośnieGruszki na wierzbie, czy śliwki na sośnie?So you want to get to know something about me? You're looking for a place in Kraków or just found me at some group and want to check me before answering? Whatever your motivation is, enjoy your reading. Let me know, if you managed to finish it. ;)Recent travel plansRecently I'm too occupied with my other plans to travel, also I really hate winter. But if you want to invite me somewhere, I'll be more than happy. :)


Nie ma żartów z filozofiąMoja ty Pietrowna ZofioI believe that the world is for the people - the law and the governments are for the people, not the other way. Everybody should have the right to live and work in the place he wants to. Everybody has the right to have a good life.Ale jedno wiem po latach, prawdę musisz znać i tyZawsze warto być człowiekiem, choć tak łatwo zejść na psyI believe that no matter how hard can be the life, we can always be good people and no one can take it from us. If we have respect for ourselves and other people, it can't be all that bad anyway. Also, even if we are in really bad condition, there's still some way to help others, always. And this good karma will go back to us, when we don't expect it, but we need it the most.Ty się śmiejesz, a ja w to wierzęMoja wiara to wszystko co mam

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Parties in KrakówA w piwnicach ciemnych kilka chwil przyjemnychZawsze po raz pierwszy i czytanie wierszyI believe that CS is not only about surfing, but even more about the society of surfers and travelers. When the local CS community is well integrated, people tend to be more active and we can much better take care of the people who come to our town and help each other in any way. I especially recommend our Wednesday Weekly Meetings, which take place at different pubs & cafes, starting at 8pm.Here's link to my selection of regular CS friendly parties in Kraków, I'm sure you'll find something for yourself.HostingZłotą klatkę sprawię ci, będę karmić owocamiA do nogi przymocuję złotą kulę z diamentamiI take guests from requests, emergency group and those met at the CS meetings, who don't have their couch yet. Of course that doesn't mean that I'll take everyone who asks for the couch at the party or is in need at the group. But I tend to like the people, and if I like somebody, I usually want to help him.During the summer I had a guest staying at my flat for a month and a team of 5 guests traveling together for weekend.SurfingZaopiekuj się mną, nawet gdy nie będę chciałWhen I joined CS and saw it's really working, I thought "hey, now I'll be able to travel even more than I wanted". But then I became so addicted to our local CS life that without realizing that, I stopped traveling at all. That's why I didn't surf a lot, yet both such visits were a great experience for me. But every invitation from you will meet with my happy smile. :)To all my potential hosts: Unfortunately I've only started to cook and I don't play any instrument, but I also don't do magical tricks, so you can be sure that after my visit none of your things will mysteriously disappear. ;)SightseeingU nas chodzi się z księżycem w butonierceU nas wiosną wiersze rodzą się najlepszeI love my town with it's history and atmosphere, so it's a great pleasure for me to share it's secrets with other people. I'd make a course for tourist guide with pleasure, if it wasn't so expensive, so long and my language skills would be better. If you want me to be your guide, feel free to contact me, but be prepared that it will be a looong walk with a looot of stories. But of course I can't guarantee I'll find the time for you.I'm sorry, but I won't go with you to Auschwitz nor Salt Mine. Those trips are just too expensive, especially if I'd go there with guests more frequently.


Kiedy przymkniesz oczy na szarym pamięci tlePośród wygasłych przeźroczy zobaczysz właśnie mnieIt was the middle of April 2011, at the concert in Bielsko-Biała. I've been interviewing Andy Sears of Twelfth Night and as we quickly became good friends, our talk lasted for more than three hours. At some point of the conversation, we've been discussing the overall idea of generousness. Suddenly he asked me...- Do you help other people?Well, of course I do.- So tell me, how big is your flat?I answered.- What do you think, how many people could stay there for the night?- A lot.- And how many actually stays at your place?- Well...- You see? You're a hypocrite. But so am I. That's what I'm talking about. We're all fucking hypocrites if we talk about helping people. Because we think we do what we can, but we don't, even if it wouldn't cost us anything. And there are so many people in need for the place to sleep every night. Just look around.I looked around and I realized that this night, I was one of them. And Andy took me to his friend, who organized the sleeping place in the moment.What happened next? In less than two weeks, I've had my first guests from CouchSurfing. I entered whole new world, full of fresh experiences. The only thing I feel sorry about - I've never released that interview to the public. I will, one day....and I'm proud to say, that it was my great pleasure to host the following people:April 2011 - 4 nights (overall)Maria from Russia - request, 2n...my first guest ever, her first host ever ;)Malek from Tunisia - request, 2n...friend of Maria, both studying in Dresden, not from CSMay 2011 - 14 nightsKatka from Czech Republic - request, 2n...adorable girl coming with Vera for 2nd Int. GatheringVera from Russia - request, 2n...friend of Katka, spending her birthday in KrakowYuri from Netherlands - emergency group, 3n...lonesome traveler who didn't know that there is gathering in KrakowRay from Hong Kong - meeting, 1n...emergency couch after the boat partyEdward from Colombia - meeting, 2n...emergency couch after the bonfireAbby (USA) - request, 2n...on their way to Erasmus in ArmeniaNicole (USA) - request, 2n...friend of Abby, not from CSJune 2011 - 38 nightsRon from Philippines - emergency group, 2n...student who wanted to see Krakow before leaving EuropeBing from Philippines - emergency group, 2n...friend of Ron, cooking excelent afritada ;)Basia from Poland - Last.fm, 2n...cute girl staying in Krakow for Selector Festival, not from CSKuba from Poland - Last.fm, 2n...boyfriend of Basia, not from CSArtur from Poland - Last.fm, 2n...another friend of mine for Selector Festival, not from CSRomuald from Belgium - request, 1n...sport journalist on journey around PolandSherrie from USA - request, 3n...with pack of friends on their weekend trip to KrakowIgnacio from Chile - request, 3n...with pack of friends on their weekend trip to KrakowJulia from Brazil - request, 3n...with pack of friends on their weekend trip to KrakowDanka from Slovakia - request, 3n...with pack of friends on their weekend trip, not from CSTomas from Slovakia - request, 3n...with pack of friends on their weekend trip, not from CSAdrien from France - emergency group, 2n...crazy guy on his romantic trip around EuropeYacine from Algeria - meeting, 2n...previously guest of my friend, now frequent visitor in our townBasia from Poland - emergency group, 2n...Warsaw girl enjoying her weekend in KrakowAndrej from Ukraine - emergency group, 2n...boyfriend of BasiaNicholas from Belgium - emergency group, 2n...after his trip around the worldMartin from Belgium - emergency group, 2n...brother of Nicholas, playing some great French songs on guitarJuly 2011 - 27 nightsJulia from Poland - emergency group, 3n...girl from Poznan, during the Jewish FestivalLeandro from Argentina - meeting, 5n...fellow CSer, before going to Metallica concert in MilanoJonathan from England - meeting, 1n...emergency couch after a wine & pizza party with my CS friendsRodrigo from Brazil - meeting, 18n (July)...my first long term guest everAugust 2011 - 19 nightsRodrigo from Brazil - meeting, 12n (August)...my first long term guest everAnia from Poland - emergency group, 3n...Wrocław girl, who wanted to experience Kraków and meet her friendsJason from Nepal - meeting, 4n...emergency couch after weekly meeting, on his way to wild mountainsRafael from Brazil - emergency group, 1n...on his way to Prague to meet with his girlfriendSeptember 2011 - 19 nightsCarlos from Spain - request, 3n...friend in metal on his holidays in KrakowJulia from Spain - meeting, 3n...Erasmus girl from Barcelona, looking for a flat in KrakowIzam from Malaysia - request, 3n...old CS friend, once again in KrakowJoseph from USA - meeting, 10n (September)...traveling singer doing some concerts & recordings with local musiciansOctober 2011 - 27 nightsJoseph from USA - meeting, 8n (October)...traveling singer doing some concerts & recordings with local musiciansMichał from Poland - meeting, 1n...on his way home from a trip, emergency couch after weekly meetingMindaugas from Lithuania - meeting, 3n...architecture student on his study trip to our townDaniel from Poland - Last.fm, 2n...brother of my friend, going to Unsound FestivalOla from Poland - Last.fm, 2n...friend of DanielGosia from Poland - Last.fm, 2n...cousin of OlaVadim from Russia - emergency, 1n...hey, I've never been guiding a real guide yet ;)Marek from Poland - Last.fm, 1n...old friend after Steven Wilson's concertFilip from Belgium - request, 5n...journalist on his trip around Eastern EuropeCharlotte from Germany - request, 2n...high-school girl getting to know Krakow in a weekDecember 2011 - 4 nightsMarko from Bosna and Herzegovina - emergency, 2n...that legendary unexpected traveler on Christmas timePihsia from Taiwan - meeting, 2n...Parisian student on his first trip to PolandJanuary 2012 - 8 nightsBachir from Morocco - request, 1nCo się odwlecze to nie uciecze ;)Guillaume from France - emergency, 3nTime will tell...Arya from Iran - meeting, 3nTime will tell...Natalia from USA - request, 1nTime will tell...35 boys, 17 girls11 - Poland4 - Belgium, USA3 - Brazil, Russia2 - Chile, France, Philippines, Slovakia, Spain1 - Algeria, Argentina, Bosna and Herzegovina, Columbia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hong-Kong, Iran, Lithuania, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Taiwan, Tunisia11 - Poland10 - Western Europe8 - Eastern Europe7 - Asia, South America5 - North America3 - Africa0 - Australia & Oceania, Nordic Countries


Każdy ma jakiegoś bzika, każdy jakieś hobby maA ja w domu mam chomika, kota, rybki oraz psaWhat I always tell is that only boring people ever get bored. All the rest can easily find something interesting to do, because we can find pleasure in doing so many different things. We don't realize how amusing can be something we've never even thought of trying. But I've got few main interests, and those are some of them:Creative writingBo fantazja, fantazja, bo fantazja jest od tegoAby bawić się, aby bawić się, aby bawić się na całegoIt's probably my biggest passion and I tried to write even as a small child, but I stopped before I turned 20 and I still regret it. Now I go back to writing from time to time, unfortunately they're only really short stories. Maybe someday I'll translate them to English for you, who knows?Creative traveling ;)Pewnego dnia rzucę to wszystko i wyjdę z domu, niby po chlebWtedy na pewno poczuję się lepiej, zostawię za sobą ten zafajdany światSo you've heard I'm free and want to pick me up? Forget it. My forever-ever life partner is Czesława - green puppet parrot, who helps me with hitch-hiking. That's my favourite way of traveling and I'm sure I don't have to explain it. What else? I love to follow the mountain trails, conquer medieval castles and roam around forests by night, hoping to be invited for a cup of the by the witch from Blair.Unfortunately there's no time for all of that, especially because I love to host so much. So my most common way of traveling is moving my finger through the maps. On my list of plans to realize before getting old (no! never!) there are sailing and climbing. But first I would have to fight with sea sickness and fear of heights. ;)Creative webdesignWięc chodź pomaluj mój świat na żółto i na niebieskoNiech na niebie stanie tęcza malowana Twoją kredkąUnfortunately I'm not an illustrator, and it's been long ago since I've stopped thinking of making a career in webdesign, but from time to time I still remind my skills for some independent project. Recently I'm in the middle of creating code & graphics for Kraków CS community website, so I won't help you with anything else, but if I've got some time, feel free to try your luck.Creative cookingCiesz się brzuszku, ciesz się ciesz Zaraz coś pysznego zjeszCooking is one of my most recent interests, that's why I'm one of the worst cooks you'll ever meet at Couchsurfing. Well, at least I try and my meals haven't poisoned anybody. Yet. For now I'm still better in eating, than in cooking, but in a year I'll be the master. Unfortunately my studies move very slow because of money, or rather lack of it. To be continued

Music, Movies, and Books

As you can see, I don't write here about any Polish stuff. If you want to get to know my recommendations, ask me in private message. I simply live receiving them. :)MusicLecz we mnie zostało coś z tamtych latMój mały intymny, muzyczny światMusic is an important part of my life. Before I dedicated my time to CS, I used to spend a lot of time listening to new records, going on concerts and meeting people who come there. I've even hosted many of them after or before concerts or festivals in Krakow. I used to write music reviews and interviews, mainly from rock / metal genres. I'm in love with progressive rock and ethnic/world music, but I don't underestimate other genres. When I travel, it's always nice to find some local concerts at the road. Unfortunately I don't play any instrument.Favourite bands:African: Amadou & Mariam, Sara Tavares, Rokia TraoreAlternative: John Butler Trio, Doves, Dresden Dolls, Madrugada, Woven HandAmbient: Peter Broderick, Johann Johannsson, Max RichterContemporary: Ludovico Einaudi, Phillip Glass, Steve ReichDowntempo: Lamb, Massive Attack, StatelessEthereal: Arcana, Clannad, Dead Can Dance, Loreena McKennittFemale Singers: Cecile Corbel, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Sinead O'ConnorFolk: Brian Finnegan, Lot Lorien, Omnia, Kate PriceFrench: La Rue Ketanou, Louise Attaque, Yann TiersenHard Rock: ACDC, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, RainbowMetal: Children Of Bodom, Edguy, Iron Maiden, OpethJazz: Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pat Metheny, Return To ForeverMale Singers: Asaf Avidan, Peter Gabriel, Eddie VedderNew Prog: Clann Zu, Dredg, Mars Volta, ToolPost Rock: God Is An Astronaut, Mono, Sigur RosPower Metal: Blind Guardian, Kamelot, MasterplanProgmetal: Dream Theater, Pain Of Salvation, RedemptionProgrock: Genesis, Marillion, Pink Floyd, Porcupine TreeRock: Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Europe, Flogging Molly, QueenSoundtrack: Joe Hisaishi, Clint Mansell, Christopher YoungSpanish: Che Sudaka, D'Callaos, Yasmin LevyMoviesNic tak nie przypomina dawnych odległych chwilJak muzyczka z niemego kina, rzewna jak stary filmYou may say that there's nothing better than good, old theatre, but movies are great anyway. So if you want to take me to cinema, I'll go with pleasure, by a group or just with you. You can even pay for me, I won't argue. ;)Favourite films:Action: Crow, Die Hard, Leon, Man On Fire, PredatorAdventure: 7 Years In Tibet, Into The Wild, White SquallAnimated: Finding Nemo, Ice Age, Lion KingAnime: 5 Centimeters Per Second, Ghost In The Shell, Princess MononokeChildren: Bridge To Terabithia, Goonies, Hook, Labyrinth, Neverending StoryComedies: Forest Gump, Life Of Brian, The StingDramas: Dogville, Falling Down, Rabbit-Proof FenceEpic: Gladiator, Brotherhood Of The Wolf, Last Of The Mohikans, Last Temptation Of ChristFantasy: Fountain, Lord Of The Rings, Merlin, StardustHorror: Alien, Blair Witch Project, Critters, Omen, TremorsMusic: Jesus Christ Superstar, Moulin Rouge, Quadrophenia, Vengo, WallRomance: Amelia, City Of Angels, Finding Neverland, Meet Joe Black, Notebook, Sweet November, Titanic ;)Scifi: 12 Monkeys, Abyss, Contact, K-Pax, Matrix, Stalker, Star WarsSocial: Billy Elliot, I Am Sam, Philadelphia, Scent Of A WomanTeen: Breakfast Club, Dead Poets Society, Pump Up The VolumeThriller: Fight Club, Game, Strange Days, Three DaysWar: Black Hawk Down, Pan's Labyrinth, Joyeux Noël, Turtles Can FlySeries: House MD, Lost, Monty Python, Robin Of Sherwood, Space: Above And Beyond, StargateI'm also a bit geeky fan of disaster and animal attack movies. The more stupid name, the better!BooksMy jesteśmy mole książkowe, jemy książki smaczne i zdroweŻeby dobrze poznać treść, trzeba całą książkę zjeśćWhen I was a child, teachers used to shout at me because I've been always reading some book instead of listening to them. Now it's much more difficult to focus on reading, as the adult world is much faster for me. But I still love that. So if you want to recommend me some books or comics, please read the following message.I've read mainly fantasy, scifi, adventure and travel books, some old diaries and biographies. Some of those books had smaller or bigger influence on my life. But most of all I admire books that are well written. I love comics and role-playing games, but I don't have time at all to play them anymore. I've used to attend Sci-Fi conventions years ago, when I was still member of our local association.Favourite writers:It's hard to decide if I should name favourite books or writers, as some of them just wrote one or two interesting books, while others released a lot of them, that are great in overall, but just didn't make as big impression on me with any particular titles. So here are just some surnames for you to wonder, what's that mess about. ;)Orson Scott Card, Clive Cussler, Phillip K. Dick, Alexander Dumas, Neil Gaiman, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Joseph Heller, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Pierre La Mure, Howard P. Lovecraft, Naomi Novik, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Anne Rice, Kima Stanley Robinson, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Dan Simmons, Neal Stephenson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules VerneComics: Calvin&Hobbes, Garfield, Sandman, Thorgal

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Rosnę sobie - dołem głowa, górą naćKto mi powie co się jeszcze może stać?I believe, that the best things that happen in your life are those, you didn't expect at all. So here comes a little story on that subject...It was a long hitch-hiking return from Przystanek Woodstock, free annual rock festival for more than three hundred thousands of people. You can imagine, that roads were full of other hitch-hikers. And I'm not a busty blonde, so I've spent full three days at the road. Believe me, I wasn't in my best mood and I had totally justified reasons for that, regarding some girl that really wasn't worth of all that effort, but it's of course another story. So during the night, I arrived to a little town called Kórnik. Somebody told me about a nice gas station only few kilometers away, and I went there to fall asleep in my sleeping bag. Suddenly, in the middle of the night somebody woke me up...There were four riders of the apocalypse standing above me. All in their characteristic sport uniforms, that at least in Poland make you to look out for the fastest way to escape from being beaten up. "Wisła, spierdalam", I thought to myself, as my mind reacted instantly, but the body was still too sleepy to listen to my own advice. So I looked at them, waiting for what will happen, and they stared at me, as if I was some kind of wild animal in the ZOO. Then, one of the guys, definitely the group leader, smiled friendly and asked.- Hey, do you really sleep here?Well, it was pretty obvious. I murmured something saying "yes" in an answer. I was shaking a bit. Not because I was afraid, just because of being sleepy and sick, but they noticed it very quickly.- You must feel cold, I'll bring you some tea.Few minutes of usual hitch-hiker's interview. What I'm doing here, where I'm from, typical small talk, that ended when they handed me a cup of tea.- I bet you're hungry. Would you like to eat hamburger?I watched him disappearing once again inside the shop. It seemed like a dream, but the hot feeling of fluid in my throat was definitely real.Eating and drinking, I've listen to their stories. They weren't from this town, but from a smaller one, called Rogalin. Yes, the same Rogalin famous because of legend about eagle and the oak trees. Of course I've heard this story from them once again, with some crazy additions I would never even thing of. But to celebrate this fine meeting, we needed one missing stuff. So as another guy from our companion quickly vanished in the shop, soon a bottle of beer was handed to everyone of us. The time passed by with a lot of laugh and smile.- OK, we're going. This is my number, contact us when you're at home, so we know that all is fine with you.- You've got it. Thanks once again for everything.- Just be careful on the road. And here's some money for breakfast. Bye!I've felt asleep with headache, but also with faith. Because you know, what's the most amazing thing I've seen in my life? It's you, my friends. The people.

Teach, Learn, Share

TeachSynu ja ci dobrze radzę, synu ja cię poprowadzęPrzez życie dobrymi radami, byś wyszedł na ludzi a nie drzwiamiI'm not a good teacher, rather a storyteller, but I try. From time to time I run polish language meetings for foreigners. I know lot of things about local football and music scene, I can also guide you to the right hitch-hiking spot in my area. Just ask.LearnIf you want to teach me something by yourself, any help with languages would be very nice, when I finally find the time for that. I'd love to remind French and to start learning Spanish. All other stuff would be also fine, because last time I'm a bit too lazy to learn anything by myself.I'm not a good cook, but I'd like to change it, so if you only have some free time, and I've got all the ingredients, we can try to poison somebody together.ShareI love sharing. Sharing is good. We can share your food, your toothpaste, even your girlfriend. As long, as it's your one. ;)

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