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I'm Jan, 26 from somewhere in Germany. From September 2018 I am a Master student of the international Tropical Ecology programme at the Universities of Kourou, French Guiana, Point-a-Pitre, Gouadeloupe and Bruxelles, Belgium.
On 1st of May 2016, after graduating in forest ecology, I left Europe eastwards to reach Indonesia overland and return within 2 1/2 years.
I had a vague idea about my route, a tent and sleeping bag, little money but a plenty of time. I gave up control let myself be travelled - by people, thoughts and inspirations.
My thumb carried me on and on via the Balkans and Greece into Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan into India. I travelled nearly 20.000km, met thousands of different people, got hundreds of rides and invitations.
After 1 year a severe sickness I caught in India forced me to return home. I took the chance to move to Vienna and study Turkish and Persian language, recover and gain money for the second part of my trip. Shortly after I left to Hong Kong and hitchhiked my way back to Germany all across the continent.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am here to become able to see the everyday-life of people in other cultures. To see how similar we are around the globe. To share information, experience, thoughts, ideas, philosophy and jokes. And of course to have fun with people from all over the world!
The world -
huge but so tiny,
a whole but devided,
diverse but indeed equal,
beautiful but extremely disgusting,
inspiring but damn frustrating...
with all its people, cultures, languages, religions and ecosystems...
a place of hope and destruction...
a place where love and hatred exist side by side...
the place I love and hate, admire and despise in the same way...
I love to study the world with all my sences, to go and see myself, to confront myself with reality and see beyond stereotypes.
I don't want to listen to warnings. If I would have followed all of them I would not have gone anywhere.
I love being around people, listen to their stories, hopes and fears, struggles and successes.
These stories make me to what I am.
I love learning languages, love to study their function and how they alter the way I see this world.
Every language is worth to be learned.
While I still struggle with French, Farsi, Turkish and Bahasa Indonesia, I hope to learn Arabic, Russian and Urdu one day. Long way still though...
- human rights
- wild camping
- minority treatment
Music, Movies, and Books
Pink Floyd to Tool
Santana to Bonobo
Ott to Sticky Fingers
Sphongle to Gogo Penguin
My favourite book by far is the atlas! Sounds unromantic? Well, I do read novels, too, for sure. One of my most loved books is "The little prince" by Saint-Exupéry, I always carry him on my trips. He is my reminder.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Being invited by people of so many different cultures around the globe. They open their doors and their hearts for a stranger and treat me as a brother.
Teach, Learn, Share
Travelling puts you in a heightened state of awareness. It stimulates your brain and makes you call up all your intellectual, spiritual and physical resources. Journeys are necessary for human beings; otherwise we stagnate. Change is essential for everyone, and travelling presents a high rate of change.
Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." [British historian Lord Acton]
Everybody claims to be a traveller. Everybody is seeking for individualism but gathers around the same places. Welcome to Generation Lonely Planet!
Only the one who classifies and then again overlooks the boundaries may be able to understand this world.
The worst of all borders exist in our minds!
Passports are nothing but plastic and paper. But they sadly create a difference between people.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Interest, stories and a beer (or a chay in Iran)
Countries I’ve Visited
Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Estonia, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Germany, Peru