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"Suppose you meet a madman who says he is a fish and we're all fish. Are you going to argue with him? Are you going to undress in front of him to show him that you do not have fins? Are you going to say to him, frankly, what you think?
If you told him the truth, what you really thought of him, it would mean that you agree to have a serious discussion with a madman and you yourself are crazy. It is exactly the same thing with the world around us : if you persist in telling him the truth, it would mean that you take it seriously. And taking seriously something so frivolous, is to lose yourself in all seriousness. I have to agree with craziness to not take a madman seriously, and to not go crazy myself."
(original text in Czech)
- Milan Kundera, laughable Loves
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
lots and lots of wonderful people...
Bike trips, skiing, whitewater canoeing/expeditions, teaching the piano to kids, getting lost, volunteering, spicy food.
Music, Movies, and Books
Johann Sebastian Bach, Bran Van 3000, Sixto Rodriguez, Bright Eyes, Jose Gonzalez, George Gershwin, Fat Freddy's Drop, Spindrift, Elbow, Jurassic 5, Beirut, David Bowie, Pink Martini, Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Diego el Cigala, Neil Young, Steve Reich, The National Parcs, The Safety Dance, Buena vista social club, Kid Sam, Faun, Eric Clapton, John Cage, Kila, The Cure, The Barr Brothers, R.E.M., Lykke Li, Eels, Belle & Sebastian, Fleetwood mac, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, BJM, Georges Brassens, Mahler, Alt J, John Zorn, The xx, New pornographers...
Terry Gilliam, Lars Von Trier, Guy Ritchie, David Cronenberg, Coen brothers, Fernando Meirelles, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Danny Boyle, Jean-Luc Godard, Oliver Stone, Peter Jackson, Jim Jarmusch, Pedro Almodóvar.
Milan Kundera, Brothers Grimm, Charles Bukowski, His Dark Material, Yann Martel, Female Chauvenist Pigs, Fight Club, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Trainspotting, Asterix et Obelix, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The History of Love, No One Here Gets Out Alive, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Pale Blue Dot, Oh the Places You'll Go!, Middlesex, The Thief Book...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Bicycle touring across the Nevada desert in the middle of the summer (50-55°C average, bike weighing about 50kg, no clouds in the sky - ever, head wind, lips cracking, and climbing on average 2000m elevation a day) on a route described as the Loneliest road in America:
"It's totally empty', says an AAA counselor. There are no points of interest. We don't recommend it.' The 287-miles stretch of U.S. 50 highway running from Ely to Fernley, Nevada, passes 9 towns, 2 abandoned mining camps, a few gas pumps and an occasional coyote. 'We warn all motorist not to drive there', say the AAA rep, 'unless they're confident of their survival skills'."
-Life Magazine, July 1986
It was awesome. Go on a bike trip!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In