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To make sense of this world.
I do believe in magic. May sound silly to you, but I do believe that living on this extra-ordinarily beautiful planet full of good people is a magical experience. I am glad to have been given such a chance. I would like to visit every corner of Earth and shake every and each one of the 6 (almost 7 now) billion hands. As a kid I had a dream to visit each country and territory for at least 24 hours, but now I think it's a futile task. I have grown to be a quality-over-quantity person, so I'd rather visit fewer countries, but really experience them. Nonetheless, I am a travelling soul, I like (or even need) having the world around me move, change, spin. I am very open for meeting new people and seeing the world from their perspective. I dislike to argue who is "right". Rather, I think it's exciting to discover how much depends on one's mindset and their point of view. Oh, imperfect and subjective perceptions! I am a psychology and communications graduate and, like most of us, in my own way I try to make sense of this world; find the people and the places to fall in love with.
My Visited Countries
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Coincidences? No! I believe in the Tao and the law of attraction.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting people:- Adam Nowek (Vancouver, Canada)- Basia Szramka & Natalia Siwek (Gliwice, Poland)- Davide Monteduro (Laussane, Switzerland)- Lara Pivodic (Vienna, Austria)- Andreas Poleo (Bologna, Italy)- Maria Lisiakova (Horka, Slovakia) - Jennifer Rodriguez (Bogota, Colombia)- Jerry Tan (Singapore, Singapore)- Johannes Latila (Helsinki, Finland)Being hosted: - Lauris L (Brussels, Belgium)- Marten Witkamp (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)- Dillon Es (Kelowna, BC, Canada)- Johnna Mooney (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)- Amanda Guenter (Winnipeg, MB, Canada)- Earl Washburn (Ottawa, ON, Canada)- Carl Jackson (Kingston, ON, Canada)- Alex and Simon (Quebec City, QC, Canada)- LukeGeorge Branson (Halifax, NS, Canada)- Anežka Gebauerová (Lukavec-Fulnek, Czech Republic)- Adam Štěpánek (Kyjov, Czech Republic)- Carolina Portillo (Iraklio, Greece)- Eftychia Kamenaki (Chania, Greece)- Axilleas Kappis (Rethymno, Greece)- Angelique Pip (Iraklio, Greece)- Yria Chorianopoulou (Ioannina, Greece)- Diane Bilinge (Kalamata, Greece)- Nikos Anagnostidis (Lefkada, Greece)- Annika Aalto (Turku, Finland)- Max Wikstroem (Mariehamn, Aaland Islands)- Noora Welling (Lappeenranta, Finland)- Anna Pukilla (Lahti, Finland)- Jagoda Koprowska (Koszalin, Poland)- Filip van Houte (Ghent, Belgium)- Elise Vanderbosch (Lahti, Finland)Meeting other surfers:- Ryan Tay (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)- Danielle Ciccone (Vancouver, BC, Canada)- Krista Lum (Vancouver, BC, Canada)- Samantha Lefort (Vancouver, BC, Canada)- Tine Decroos (Saskatoon, SK, Canada)- Onur Temizkalp (Xylokastro, Greece)- Antoine Boureau (Iraklio, Greece)- Maria Stevens (Iraklio, Greece)- Christos Beredimas (Ioannina, Greece)
First and foremost: travelling, travelling, travelling! And now in no particular order: volleyballing, running, movie watching, hanging-out, chilling-out, wine-tasting, philosophising, psychologing, bullshiting, exchanging opinions, looking for magical ("gezellig") places, looking for magical people, cooking, writing, community living, artsing, finding ways to express my thoughts in words...
Music, Movies, and Books
MOVIES: TOP 3 "Sing for Darfur" (2008, by Johan Krammer), "Sansa" (2004, by Siegfried) and "Into the Wild" (2007, by Sean Penn). Also anything by Krzysztof KieÃâ¦Ãâºlowski and Pedro AlmodÃÆÃÂ³var. That kind of stuff.
MUSIC: Sigur RÃÆÃÂ³s, Cat Empire, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, God is an Astronaut, Mogwai, Manu Chau, Jazzanova, Akurat, Bjork, Tryo, Lamb, Air, Moloko, Modena City Ramblers, Indios Bravos, Bonobo, Buscemi, Chicane...
BOOKS: "The Alchemist", "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", "Bieguni", "Fabula Rasa", "Incredible Loud and Extremely Close", "SennoÃâ¦ÃâºÃâÃâ¡", "The World Without Us", "Getting to YES", "Prawiek i inne czasy", "Foam of the Daze", "The Orange Girl"...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- I biked from Gliwice to Vienna (360km) in three days in pouring rain and terrible wind.
- I travelled across Canada, from the Pacific to the Atlantic in just over a month, without a rented car.
- I ran the 2010 BMO Vancouver marathon in 3hrs 50mins. I bursted out in tears upon the finish line.
- I met Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finland (no, he's not from the North Pole!).
- I attended Red Cross Nordic United World College in Flekke, Norway, where I lived and studied for two years with people from 100 different countries.
Teach, Learn, Share
TEACH: planning and time management skills, how to make notes, study and pass the exams with top grades, how to travel chep across Europe, volleyball...
LEARN: manual skills (I did a little bit of carpentry and stage work, but I would like to learn more), farming and gardening...
SHARE: laughs, stories, experiences, beer, wine, bed, couch, phone numbers, pictures, movies, music, points of views, opinions, blogs (atsfu.blogspot.com & evshellas.blogspot.com)...
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland