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Eastern Europe - here I come!
For most of the time I am sedentary, feeling so very much at home in cosy Heidelberg. I enjoy the company of my friends and my housemates, go climbing ...
But from time to time I get this craving to venture outside and see what's behind the horizon. Now is such a time, and the destination is Istanbul. I hope to see as much as possible of the countries and people between Germany and Turkey since my journeys so far have not led me there.
Along the way I enjoy photographing - having taken a good picture to me is a really satisfying.
Ach, I have no fricking idea.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Well, since I am a member of the CS project for only a couple of days now I don't have any 'official' stories to share.
But once I was on a hiking trip through the Alps with a friend of mine. For most of the time we were sleeping outside in the forest somewhere - it was the summer of 2003, you remember? Very hot, hardly any rain, so that was no problem. But when we were in the city of Chur in Switzerland there was no outside place to be found. Fortunately we meet Johann, a nice guy who invited us to stay with him in his nice dwelling right in the center of the city.
We stayed for two days, could rest our sore feet and then continue our trip refreshed. I'll always remember the kindness Johann showed towards us two bearded and dirty strangers.
Ah, now that I think of it there was also this one farmer who let us sleep on hay bales in his barn, and Thomas where we stayed at the end of the trip. Good memories.
And do all the animals count who shared the forests with us for a month? Seems like I already am a very experienced couch-surfer :-)
In no particular order:
* Molecular Biology
* Quantum Physics
* Red Wine
* Croissants for breakfast
Music, Movies, and Books
Again, in no particular order:
* Hermann Hesse (Siddharta)
* Lord of the Rings
* Walter Moers
* Terry Pratchett
* Neverending Story (Michael Ende)
* Pink Floyd
* French Chansons
* Daft Punk
* 2001: A Space Odyssey
* Burn after Reading
* This one french black and white film that I watched with a friend 15 years ago but who's name I have forgotten.
* Being John Malkovich
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My feet amaze me - they're really good feet. They have carried me over 300km over the Alps and about 800km through France and Spain.
But the most rewarding, exhausting and agonizing hike I've ever done was the Welsh 3000s Challange: We walked for close to 20 hours, starting and ending in total darkness. During the end I was so exhausted I felt like I was going to faint. But eating a chocolate bar brought me back again.
Teach, Learn, Share
Well, I've studied physics, so if you want to know whether you're really made of star dust (no kidding here - this is one of the most beatiful and least known things that science of the last century has tought us) you can ask me.
I can also show you how to sharpen a kitchen knife with a tea cup.