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Overview

  • 54 References 35 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian; learning Hungarian, Spanish
  • 37, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • nomads at the moment, lawyer and economist at some point
  • "certified" road trippers
  • From China, Macedonia/California
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

look for a peaceful pad to rest and settle for a while after 19 months on the road

ABOUT ME

We grew up in different continents but our paths crossed in California and we were married in Mexico. We both love travel, food, witnessing different ways of living and admiring the wonders of the nature.

After school, we left California and spent two nice years in Budapest, Hungary. Besides the beauty, charm, and grandeur of the city, we enjoyed some tremendous live concerts and many lively lounges all over the city. And above all, we fell in love with Budapest's many thermal baths and have been chasing hot spring all over the world since.

We then felt an itch to see more of the world. So we scratched it by quitting our jobs and making a 17 year old VW van our home. We drove all over South America for 9 months, and then another 8 months across southern and eastern Africa. We then sold the van and went to China for a little over 3 months, followed by a 4 month stint in the south of France where we "rested" from the previous two years of travel with good friends, food, and - of course - wine.

Now we are back in San Francisco, the closest thing that we have to a "home," and we are looking to stay put and settle down... at least for a little while.

PHILOSOPHY

We're still looking for one, but here's how we try to live our lives:

ask lots of questions,

don't judge or disrespect others (but it's ok to make fun of things/people, even if the jokes are supposedly "inappropriate")

stay informed but don't trust the media or government

lock your doors but trust that most people are honest and not out to screw you

don't be afraid of the rain

dance

give good directions

be fashionably late

arguing is good... fighting and holding grudges is bad

you don't need religion to be a good and moral person

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

We surf and host. We are also always happy to meet any CSer for a meal or drink anywhere in the world - we find its often just as fun as staying with or hosting someone.

Finally, we always enthusiastically spread the word on the CS project (especially the great group in Budapest). We are happy to share all we know about the San Francisco area, Budapest, Macedonia and China with visitors going there.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We've had a great time meeting CSers from all over the world both in Budapest and while traveling. We were fortunate to be hosted by great people in Italy, Uganda, Kenya, Spain, Turkey, the UK, Chile, Peru Colombia, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

We also hosted people when we lived in Budapest and shared meals and stories with many others in various countries.

We had a 1993 VW Eurovan for our travels through South America and Africa and 5 couchsurfers hitchiked with us for a few days each.

Now we are back in SF, eager to host some more people and attend CS meetings.

Interests

We love: food, travel, photography, thermal baths, fresh air, blue sky, sunshine, fresh juice;
seeing energetic bands perform in small and funky venues, hiking, swinging in hammocks, watching an inspiring movie
sharing a good conversation

  • performing arts
  • photography
  • beauty
  • concerts
  • dancing
  • dining
  • wine
  • drinking
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • communications
  • religion

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Red Elvises, the real Elvis, Ska Cubano, Irie Mafia, Acoustic Africa, Manu Chao, Amadou & Miriam, Gipsy Kings, Guns 'n Roses, John Lennon, Beatles, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, KLF, Santana, both 2pac and Notorious BIG, Buena Vista Social Club and we generally enjoy most of the popular punk, alternative, and hip hop acts from 1995 to 2005.

Movies: City of God, Tiplets of Belleville, Big Fish, The Lives of Others, The Man Without a Past, City of Lost Children, The Gods Must be Crazy, Death at a Funeral, certain Woody Allen movies (Sweet & Lowdown and Take the Money and Run but not Annie Hall), various short films (e.g. stuff on atomfilms, Imagemakers on PBS)

Books: we both used to be bookworms that loved fiction but nowadays struggle to find books we really enjoy and hold our interest, give us some recommendations!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

meeting couchsurfers... that's pretty amazing already, no?

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Hungary, Macedonia, United States

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