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Overview

  • 188 references 162 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, German, Spanish; learning Arabic
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Vagabond
  • Master of Arts (International Social Work) (studying)
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About Me

I am a part-time vagabond, an adventurer, a wayfarer, a modern nomad, a tramp and a wanderer. Whatever you may call me, it all kind of adopts to my restless feet and the inability to stay still, the inability to stay in one place.

I stick my thumb out on a road and see what happens. I hitchhike.

In recent years I lived, studied and evolved in Hanover and Würzburg, Germany. Whenever I needed a break, coming back felt like coming home. And it certainly still does. Yet this kind of inner gravity always brought me back to this one place and true passion of mine - the road.
Living nomadically with nothing but my possessions in a backpack, surrendering to my insatiable wanderlust and hitchhiking as my only constant.

Today, I feel at home wherever I am with people that I get along with well; I suppose you could say I have a lot of homes.

I would always choose a couch, a hammock, a tent or a piece of earth over renting a room somewhere. The seemingly uncomfortable is what I often strive for while facing moments of happiness and fear.
Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses - and food may be one of mine, especially the varieties of it I haven't tried yet. Also digging through trash is fun, sometimes even romantic. I would prefer a dumpster dived meal shared with friends over a five-star cuisine anytime - and the perception of romanticism is yet to be reclaimed.

This system is to be torn down and I want to be there to watch infinite possibilities sprouting. Although quite contradictory in some ways, my political views flow somewhere between the ones of an anarchist and a marxist. Also I would claim to be a feminist. So feel free to hold me accountable.

I am the type of guy who is constantly curious about everything - the cultures, the stories, the smiles and the people behind it. I try to act like a sponge when going to a new place I have never been to, I try to immerse myself into every experience and soak my soul with its depth.
I am trying to follow wherever the next sunrise and sunset takes me. Eventually always. Embracing new experiences, endlessly changing horizons, and each brand new day as a way of living. Exploring what it means to be me every day, yet joyful to exist, trying to give myself a sense, struggling and fighting for laughter and dreams. I have never felt more alive.

"A wayfarer may be delicate or crude, artful or awkward, brave or cowardly - he is always a child at heart, living in the first day of creation, before the beginning of the history of the world, his life always guided by a few simple instincts and needs. He may be intelligent or stupid; he may be deeply aware of the fleeting fragility of all living things (...) or he may merely follow the commands of his poor stomach with childlike greed - he is always the opponent, the deadly enemy of the established proprietor, who hates him, despises him, or fears him, because he does not wish to be reminded that all existence is transitory, that life is constantly wilting, that merciless icy death fills the cosmos all around."
- Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

"We want a world that encourages trust, adventure and intercultural connections. Our unselfish willingness to help each other is universal and should not be monetized. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We emphasize community."
- Trustroots.org

Interests

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I am (into) ...
... looking at maps and thinking of the new adventures that might await me,
... hiking, biking, climbing and in love with the outdoors,
... diving and discovering whole new worlds,
... laughing until it hurts and trying to find people's laughter sources,
... vegan and vegetarian cooking sessions,
... dumpster diving and promoting freeganism,
... dancing ecstatically and moving to sounds,
... philosophizing on politics, society and its dynamics,
... an activist, feminist and advocate of unconditional freedom of movement for all,
... deconstructing racism, nationalism, fascism, antisemitism, homophobia, sexism and their linked power relations,
... striving to decolonize my mind and actions,
... constantly learning and yet daydreaming day by day,
... repeatedly getting lost and aspiring to find new ways,
... trying to make it all true.

Music, Movies, and Books

The ones that leave a trail.

MUSIC
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Classic, Blues, Folk, Garage and Psychedelic Rock (esp. 1960's - '80's), Blues, Soul, Jazz, Singer-songwriter, Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Trip-Hop, Reggae, Ska, Latin music, Cumbia, Salsa, Samba, (nearly) all kinds of electronic music genres - and whatever else comes my way.

BOOKS
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Hermann Hesse, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, George Orwell, Noam Chomsky, Paulo Coelho, Gabriel García Márquez, Eduardo Galeano, Sergio Bambaren, Rocko Schamoni - amongst others.

MOVIES
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Pulp Fiction, I'm Not There, Fight Club, Big Fish, Reservoir Dogs, Baraka, Everyday Rebellion, Searching for Sugar Man, VICTORIA, Trainspotting, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - amongst others.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

2012 - today: The many wonderful and inspiring people I have met through traveling and hitchhiking 130,000+ km all over the world.
Like statistics? Check out where I have been hitchhiking recently: http://hitchlog.com/en/hitchhikers/vapaakulkuri.

2017 - 2019: Hitchhiking all over South America.
Like maps? See and follow up my journey here: http://bit.ly/2Rh0rX6.

2016: Being an independent volunteer at the Greek-North Macedonian border in Idomeni, Greece.
Like videos? Get a small impression of our work here: https://youtu.be/JvHZ0GOkVAM.

Teach, Learn, Share

The most important things people can share are emotion, dinner and love.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Good times!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Finland, Germany

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