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Overview

  • 7 References 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Russian; learning Bulgarian, French, Kyrgyz, Russian
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2015
  • DAAD German Language Assistant
  • Master Eastern European Studies
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About Me

Living and working in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Now on a trip through southern Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan for one month.

Poetic introduction:
I like to drink coffee, to smell the fresh air of a new day, to cycle to work.
I like to read, to edit text, to play basketball, to drink beer with friends, to cook, to grow tomatoes, to walk in the forest.
I like to see the highway stretch out in front of me, to start walking in a new city in the morning.
I like to meet people from abroad and impress them with the three words I know in their language, to ask them how things are at home.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

My best experiences abroad have been when I was at peoples' homes. My worst experiences abroad have been when I was lonely.

Interests

I have studied history and politics but I'm also interested in biology, literature, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, law and economics. I have studied Eastern European Studies, but basically I'm interested in every country.

  • writing
  • literature
  • dining
  • cooking
  • beer
  • coffee
  • walking
  • drinking
  • gardening
  • politics
  • cars
  • socializing
  • cycling
  • basketball
  • soccer
  • anthropology
  • biology
  • economics
  • history
  • law
  • sociology

Music, Movies, and Books

When I'm alone I listen to Reggae and Ska. On the bike I listen to Rock. When I'm cleaning I listen to Top40.

Last books I've read:
Last and First of Man - Olaf Stapledon
Steppenwolf - Hermann Hesse
Eroberung des Nutzlosen - Werner Herzog
The Siege - Ismail Kadare
The Ancestor's Tale - Richard Dawkins
Dshamilja - Tschingis Aitmatow
Solaris - Staislav Lem
Brothers - Yu Hua
Millenium Trilogy - Stieg Larsson
Hard to be a God - Arkadi & Boris Strugatsky
L'étranger - Albert Camus

Some of my favorite movies:
Un prophète (2009)
Hanna (2011)
La jetée (1962)
Marley (2012)
New Kids Turbo (2010)
Oldboy (2003)
Seven Samuari (1954)
Das Leben der Anderen (2006)
Children of Men (2006)
Gegen die Wand (2004)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Climbed Yellow Mountain in China together with thousands of Chinese tourists.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach German, Dutch and English.
I would like to become better in Bulgarian, Russian and French.

I know a little about gardening, editing text, translation and writing motivation letters.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Cook German and Dutch food.
Have interesting conversations.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bulgaria, China, Germany, Netherlands

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