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there is one chinese proverb that i currently like a lot. it says:
read ten thousand books and walk ten thousand miles. and indeed i keep reading and walking. i enjoy my way.
i'm arsa - full-time traveller and vagabond. former graduate in history of arts, polyglot and chinese-tea-junkie^^ in october 2014 i started a holiday trip to bangkok with my friends and after visiting thailand finally did fall in love with road. in november i cancelled my return ticket and since that time consider myself full-time traveller. the whole year i spent walking through south east asia: cambodia, vietnam, laos, again thailand, hongkong and finally working as a primary school teacher in china. i also started to learn chinese there and chinese culture became my new obsession.
during 2015 i was travelling in north and central america. i started in new york, crossed the east coast from north to south and through mexico got into cuba. after 2 amazing months spent in cuba, i travelled in mexico for another 2 months: from yucatan to chiapas and then up to mexico df. such great time i had, such amazing people met!
2016 my third year of travels started. again in china and after few months of studies and working there i was back to central europe to explore the balkans for a few months. september and october were spent somewhere between slovenia, croatia, bosnia-hercegovina, montenegro, albania, kosovo and bulgaria. it was amazing time for me full of discoveries, amazingly hospitable and lovely people and their exciting stories.
in november 2016 i'm leaving europe for a while and fly back to my beloved asia. finally i feel ready to go to india. i don't know how much time i am going to spend in india, but i decided to apply for a 6-months visa in advance in a case india becomes my "loveofmylife"-place. india, pakistan, iran...what will come next i can't say now but by that moment i hope will be able to write already a new 6-months-updates-post. we still have all time of the world for the exciting adventures, midnight kisses and morning strolls, so no need for worries.
soon small plane will bring be to mumbai where i will start my big india trip. but as usual i don't know where i'm gonna wake up tomorrow, but i'm sure it will be an exciting place to be at ;)
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I'm vegan and I'm very happy about it ;)
Moreover i don't smoke , don't drink alcohol and don't like any kind of drugs. in my life I just have three addictions: lovely people, travels and morning tea ❤without anything else I would survive I guess
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
great chance to meet locals who are willing to meet foreigners
people and their stories, art, dreams, travelling, tea, literature, photography and languages
- sharing stories
- asian culture
Music, Movies, and Books
I love books and can speak about it hours. I have hundreds of favourite writers among english, american, russian, german, ukrainian and french literature.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
since 3 years i'm not resident of germany, since 2 years i'm full-time traveller. behind 49 countries, 4 continents, 7 languages i use in casual talks with my friends almost every day, hundreds of cities and the sweet memories of more than thousands of loveliest people i met on the way. among them bunch of such close buddies all over the world who i can't imagine my life without any more. often im asked, what have i learned during all this time? more often: what you are searching for? - they ask. inspite of the fact that i do know now for sure how does is it feel to sleep on the street and to be starving during a week^^ i guess i don't search for anything. the way is already the goal of mine. and what does the way give me? hm... the most amazing thing i have learned so far it's empathy towards entire world. first of all this are of course people around. they are my biggest addiction and inspiration so far. it are also all living creatures. this are also traditions and different lifestyles. the borders (that anyway exist mostly in our heads) fell down at some point completely and the whole world suddenly became so tiny, so open and due it, so unprotected. and the best what i can do for it is to love it like it is. to love, to respect. to care about. to preserve. to try to understand even it's difficult and sometimes painful. unconditional love is a biggest challenge and my personal goal. i can't messure it, i can't compare it but i just feel it like it is. and i have to admit it feels amazingly good. now after all i can't even think about the time when i had something else in my head. and that's my personal "result". usually the listener starts to smile at this moment^^ i know, maybe for two years of travels it's not that much^^ well, for me anyway, it's pretty a lot :)
Teach, Learn, Share
visited 49 states
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Mexico, Russian Federation, Spain, Ukraine