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Ask a snake: "How do you 'walk'?". He'll reply: "Idk, I just.. go". But he wouldn't really answer, he cannot. Yep, it's because of his zigzagging that he's able to proceed straight eventually . It’s something he does every day, instinctively, and yet he doesn’t really know: he's just not aware, so he cannot describe his know-how to a… non-snake (i.e.: like you, reader my profile).
Now give to the same snake a bamboo branch, and have him get into it. Once he’s inside: tell him to walk forward, so that he accidentally hits the inner side of the cane as he tries, while he's constrained within.
Ask him again the question. Now he knows. :)
> Facing and crossing the limits maketh man, my friend.
That's why a freezed manifesto-of-me won’t tell you much: any description is unsustainable if detached from the moment/context and from the eye of the beholder (i.e.: again, you, host/surfer/traveler, if we ever get the chance to know each other).
INSTEAD, assess me yourself: ask me about something which is really relevant for you. :)
[pls know that Frank is, and will always be... No bells & whistles, What you see is what you get, Never with a preset wishlist, Coherent, Passionate, Curious & Adventurous.]
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've been measuring out my life with journeys, not with coffee spoons. :)
And after years of traveling (plus living abroad) I strongly believe that meeting locals and living the place with/through them is one of the necessary 4 ingredients to get synchronicity with a different reality: Food, Ppl, Attitude, Language (even the sound, just try!). What we call "the locals", they would just be YOU if you were born there. And they can make you instant-grab the genuine “here & now” of the place. For a moment, just… let go. Let go all your travel checklists, and just stay alongside them. Bottom-up vision, not top-down.
Btw, I used to practice CS even before the invention of CSwebsite: so it sounds very appropriate for me!
I used to practice Competitive Swimming for more than one decade. I loved it! And miss it, so it's always a true joy when I freely swim. :)
my favorite toys NOW:
Photography, Cooking, Design, Architecture, Meditation, Fitness, Nutrition, Sports, Fine Arts, Cinema, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Pedagogy, Music, Literature, Running, Swimming, Hiking, Yoga, Engineering, Studies on Leadership & Organizational Learning. And possibly experiencing ANY of them when I’m on a journey!
my favorite toys WHEN I WAS A KID: (through which I grew my present interests, probably)
Plasticine (u know what it is, don’t u?), Lego, Meccano (terrific!), paper&pencil (tons of them), cars, my granny’s kitchen tools.
- electronic music
- street photography
- organizational learning
Music, Movies, and Books
Jazz Music, Electronic Music, Y.Tiersen, Mogwai, K.Jarrett, L.Einaudi, The Police, Beethoven, The Cure, Joy Division, Chopin, Pink Floyd, REM, David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Vivaldi (but NOT because of the 4 Seasons, pls), Michael Nyman, Hans Zimmer, Sigur Ros, Nina Simone, Fabrizio De André, etc. and... climax music in movies.
David Lynch, Old Boy, “Le conseguenze dell'amore”, Jean Pierre Jeunet, “There will be blood”, “Kill Bill”, Wong Kar Wai, Ridley Scott, Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin, Hayao Miyazaki, Zack Snyder, Guy Ritchie, “The Game”, etc. (I have an IMDB profile, ask me)
LITERATURE & MORE:
M.Houellebecq, Sandor Marai, Sun Tzu, N.Hikmet, W.Blake, D.Thomas, T.S.Eliot, W.B.Yates, Aldous Huxley, Dostoevskij, Kafka, The Iliad, O.Wilde (the picture of DG, especially), C.Baudelaire, Socrates, Nikola Tesla, W.Heisenberg, F.Capra, P.Feyerabend, A.Makarenko, H.Takeuchi, Beckett's Waiting For Godot, etc.
E.Hopper, Photography, August Sander, Walker Evans, Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, Vivian Maier, Auguste Rodin, A.Kiefer, Impressionists, Surrealism, and... SO-many-others.
CUISINE (pls, go creative!):
bread & cheese (ok i already bake bread, but i'd maybe own a cow one day!), dark chocolate, seitan (i'm not vegan, but i enjoy vegan cooking), fillet steak (veeery rare) with green peppercorns, fresh tuna, green tea, rice!, my modified-porridge, wasabi, carbonara pasta, recipes with eggs, turmeric (curcuma), rooibos vert, avocadossss, sword-fish, garden-fresh apples, lavender, baked potatoes (don't u underestimate them), french-fries, ice-creams (yeah), wine, tofu, japanese cooking (not just sushi), smoked scotch whisky, etc.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I’ve survived. :)
Every time I say: “No, don’t do that”, to my cat. And every time he understands: “Yes, simply later, when u don’t see me”. :)
Healing. From whatever, even from a stupid winter cold. Isn’t it just great? :)
The first time I prepared home-made seitan myself. Seeing elements trans-forming into something unpredictably different was amazing! Just try! Previously it was only pure potential: already embodied, but simply invisible and unleashed.
One morning I woke up and, still in my bed, I checked my mailbox from smartphone. And I found a blank message from I person that I love with just the picture of a whale kissing a fisherman's boat in stealth mode.
Sitting on my couch (actually where u are supposed to sleep, so u'll be crashing on a "sacred" sofa!) in front of my red fridge. Meditating. The first time I reached a state of enhanced awareness, I was there. I was totally speechless for a while afterwards. Someone knows why I chose that very spot by design.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teaching&Learning are done simultaneously: both the apprentice and the master learn from/teach to each other, so that the two roles endlessly interchange.
1) "My" cooking. Which is not Italian, nor French, nor Japanese, nor Indian, nor Whatever. It's a mood-based mélange of all of my experiences and knowledge. It's simply mine. But (there’s always a “but”) I can make it better through exchange! And I definitely want to. :)
[I'm looking for new ingredients, new techniques, new flavors. Cooking is such a life-metaphor.]
2) “out-of-the-box” thinking, Maieutic, Leadership development, Entrepreneurship
3) Public Speaking
4) Nutrition & Fitness
What I Can Share with Hosts
This used to be the "Philosophy" section from the old version of the CS website. Read it or leave it. :)
"Rem tene, verba sequentur". (Cato the Elder)
“The whole (system) is more than the sum of its parts”. (Aristotle)
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". (Leonardo da Vinci)
"If you can't explain it simply, you didn't understand it well enough" & "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler". (Albert Einstein)
"Sometimes a lie that is repeated a lot, fools some kind of people into thinking it is true". (J.M.)
"L'insurrection est le plus sacré des droits et le plus indispensable des devoirs". (Marquis de Lafayette)
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music". (F.Nietzsche)
"Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, great minds discuss ideas”. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
"Competitions are for horses, not artists". (Bela Bartok)
"The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious". (Ted Levitt)
"My imagination is THE key that every time sets me free". (H.Houdini)
"Gupta cavat lapidem". (ancient Roman proverb)
"Aut viam inveniam, aut faciam". (ancient Roman proverb)
MY PERSONAL HEROES:
Hector. He's the greatest, ever. (ask me why)
Bruce Wayne. No, I didn't say Batman. But him. (ask me why)
Cooper (Twin Peaks).
Ginger Rogers. She used to perform precisely the same steps of Fred Astaire. But reverse. And wearing heels.
Every person that does something totally ordinary, in extreme conditions. That is what makes their actions extra-ordinary.
Every person that chooses not to use their ultimate sure-winning weapon, even if they could do it so easily.
Every person that stands up for what's right - speaks and takes some action to be righteous - when they have everything to lose in doing that.
Every person that inspires me. Curious ones.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Italy, Japan, United States