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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'14 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 after earning a bit of travel budget in china during 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'16 i left europe for a while and flew back to my beloved asia. finally i decided to go to india, what was my dream for ages. after few months in mumbai which I spent meeting local friends, at the beginning of jan'17 I started to move down to south through goa, hampi, bangalore, to mysore, thrissur and down to kerala and tamil nadu and then up to the north in rajasthan where I landed in feb'17. on the way as usual I met amazing people, volunteered at the small local initiatives (mostly dedicated to the teaching works with children) and tried to capture the brightest experiences through my lens. after short visit of my parents in germany in march'17 and urgent renewal of my passport (the old one didn't have any pages left) I was back to my beloved india again. this time not much as a traveller but as a beloved girlfriend of cute curly keralite. since that time india belongs not only to one of my favourite places but also to one of many homes I have all around the world.
since summer months i see myself a bit in transition period. my three years of travelling are going to end in august'17. it was the most amazing experience I have ever done but as everything it should have its beginning and also end. starting from september I will try to be back to the settled routine that I will try to organize in china.
what will come next i can't say now but it seems that my life will be devided between two huge countries - china and india. as usually I will have all time of the world for the exciting conversations, morning cups of tea
and lovely people.
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
couchsurfing is for me the great chance to meet locals who are willing to meet foreigners.
moreover couchsurfing all over the world gave and still gives me amazing bunch of friends who are interested in intercultural exchange, in deep and exciting conversations about everything and long lasting friendships. i highly cherish every acquaintance made through this site and am very thankful for the kindness, care and love I got due to the cs members. it's also the reason why I'm still using cs and I wish in countries where unfortunately the idea of cs is completely missused it could remain for me like this as well.
if you are here cause you are looking for the love of your life, white chick for the lonely evening or just a western stranger who is up to share bed with you after one drink, its definitely the wrong profile to try your luck. it's better NOT to send me your offer. it would save your and my time and I would appreciate it very much.
i'm not interested neither in one night stands, nor nude fotossesions nor group sex, orgias on your roof terrace, eye-candy or modelling jobs, tantra sex or massage, erotic movie shooting or actually any kind of activity that reduces my personality and all the experiences to the colour of my skin and the length of nude legs. sorry, I'm not into it. and not into any kind of flirting with you. sorry for that.
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 4 years i'm not resident of germany, since 3 years i'm full-time traveller. behind 51 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 51 countries, lived in 10
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, Malaysia, 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, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, Spain, Ukraine