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Laura Degener

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  • 172 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Dutch, French, Norwegian
  • 31, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • wondering
  • MSc in physics
  • From Hannover
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About Me

---- In Finland at the moment, until June maybe ----


right now i'm trying to learn how to cope with the loss of a beloved friend. otherwise i'm still trying to get along with europe after 18 months of travelling, learn about nutrition (esp. vegan and raw) edit photos, write references - and a book!? ... maybe find a job? - or study pedagogics? - or travel more?


hallo. this is laura, an easy going perfectionist, an active couch potato, a sailing mountaineer, a sunrise loving morning grouch, a childish adult, a social loner, an orderly chaot...

on 21. feb 2012 i flew to turkey and started a journey through asia. in august 2013 i returned home. i went mostly overland and sea from couch to couch through these amazing places: iran - pakistan - india - nepal - bangladesh - singapore - sumatra - java - borneo - philippines - taiwan. then i had enough. i was too tired, homesick and overloaded with amazing impressions to go home overland, so i flew. :)

-- well, the trip lasted 544 days and on 13 feb 2015 it was 544 days since i came home but i'm still trying to postprocess what happened in those 18 months. and wondering what to do next.. i applied at uni but didn't get in. i'm trying again this year. i volunteered for 3 months in an elementary school to figure out whether i'm able to handle 25 kids at once. well, maybe i'm not. i have no precise clue what i'm going to to during the next months, or with the rest of my life. (suggestions welcome;)

________________________________________________________ now here comes "all" about me: well i would say i'm curious, honest, rather nice and every now and then chaotic and planless. i can be pretty loud and very quiet, shy and outgoing. i might go mad of happiness or be depressed. people that don't know me well sometimes think im rude. but i'm actually a peace loving soul. however, watch out: you might find me beeing ironic, sarcastic, provoking. ;) in 2010 i happened to receive a master's degree in space physics from a norwegian university. since then i'm not sure what to do with it. i had my first job in helsinki, lived there for 9 wonderful months. but the job was over in summer 2011 and i didn't look for a new one. - so i became unemployed and homeless. i moved back to my parents and travel. after many short trips in europe i felt i was wasting my money any my time and thought i should use my time "more useful"... work&travel in new zealand or asia? cycling around the world? opening a hostel somewhere? - or perhaps i should just try to get a normal job? about renewable energies? or become a photographer? - well, then i got this idea to couchsurf across asia. and so i did.

i'm vegetarian trying to be vegan, i don't smoke and i don't drink. i try not to mind when people around me do these things i don't do, i'm used to it of course. some people say that i am boring.. well i find drinking boring. ;) i'm not a big fan of disco or going out in general, i rather like board game-, movie-, party- and cooking nights with friends at home. i like going an ecological/ enviromentally friendly way.

some ideas for the future: wwoofing move back to scandinavia cylce or hitchhike and couchsurf through scandinavia (again) cycle to africa have a family hitchhike to beijing via the -stans, take the train back through russia and visit a school in every place i stop sail/hitch on boats around the world save the world go skiing in afghanistan cycle from delhi to leh - i don't like doing things alone so if you want do join any of these projects let me know!


Do unto others as you would have others do unto you

a good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries

And there's no cure like travel To help you unravel The worries of living today. When the poor brain is cracking There's nothing like packing A suitcase and sailing away. [i'm actually not sure this really works]

Ut på tur aldri sur!

Viel zu spät begreifen viele Die versäumten Lebensziele, Freude, Schönheit der Natur, Gesundheit, Reisen und Kultur. Darum, Mensch, sei zeitig weise! Höchste Zeit ist´s! Reise, reise!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


surfed@zoya in helsinki/finland surfed@shoji in kyoto/japan surfed@meng-fang in tokyo/japan hosted marina from russia in helsinki/finland surfed@jannike in hamburg/germany surfed@cecilie in vilnius/lithuania surfed@agne in trakai/lithuania surfed@tomas in klaipeda/lithuania surfed@miks in ventspils/latvia surfed@juraj in jurmala/latvia surfed@zanda in riga/lativasurfed@marta in cesis/latvia surfed@kadri in kopu/estonia surfed@marjana in kaali/estonia surfed@andrew in tallinn/estonia met zoya and marina in st. petersburg/russia surfed@peeter in tallinn/estonia hosted rogier and julien from nl and ca in hannover met rianne and pieter from nl in hannover hosted tomaz+mirjam+polona from slovenia in hannover hosted marta from latvia in hannover hosted nadav from israel in hannover hosted stefan from germany in hannover surfed@jannike in hamburg again surfed@armin from iran in istanbul/turkey surfed@mutlu in van/turkey _________________________________iran, with stefan surfed@hossein in urmia met amir and ingrid in tabriz surfed@babak in tabriz surfed@azim in astara surfed@hooman in rasht surfed@omid in tehran met faraham, masoud, nima and kam in tehran surfed@masih in esfahan met raha, yuri, jo, hamidreza, ahmad, masome and maryam in esfahan surfed@marjan in shiraz met sara in shiraz surfed@fatemeh on qeshm island surfed@piter in zahedan _________________________________pakistan surfed@zamin in islamabad met manos in islamabad surfed@hassan in islamabad surfed@kaiser in islamabad travelled with zamin and kaiser surfed@adnan's farm near okara, with zamin surfed@shiraz, ahsan and aamir in lahore surfed@ahsan in lahore, with manos surfed@aamir in lahore, with manos traveled with manos from pakistan to kashmir _________________________________india surfed@mr. singh in amritsar/india surfed@bilal&sedeeq in srinagar/india(kashmir) met michael and pablo in srinagar surfed@sartaj in sopat (srinagar)/india surfed@karn in manali/india traveled with namiko from manali to leh met bilal, karn and siri in leh/india hitchhiked with siri from leh to manali surfed@karn, with siri and manos :) met guru in manali _________________________________nepal hitchhiked and trekked with victor trekked, hitchhiked and surfed with manos surfed@raj in pokhara surfed@lila's orphanage in kathmandu met purna from "Cultural Exchange Nepal" in kathmandu surfed@Debbie in kathmandu met vishal in kathmandu _________________________________bangladesh surfed@christian and samia in dhaka/bangladesh "hosted" joanna and yuta@christian's place :D met florence and nafeesa in dhaka surfed@robin in tongi traveled with florence, djurabek and cyrill surfed@faiyaz in khulna surfed@habib in chittagong met mashruf und jonni in chittagong surfed@moritz in bandarban

my parents had pascal+friend over for a shower, while they waited for lady gaga :D _________________________________singapore surfed@rusty, for 20 days with laura, marisa, lynn, soheyl and kourosh met michelle, yifan, wenwen, guru and akshay _________________________________indonesia-sumatra surfed@pinky on batam/indonesia surfed@sabrina on batam surfed@muchsin's english school in dumai surfed@dilla in pekanbaru met azella and torkis in pekanbaru surfed@ranggi in payakumbu surfed@aissy in bukittinggi surfed@mery in padang surfed@poppy in kerinci surfed@rara in jambi surfed@suzan in palembang surfed@intan in palembang met satrio in palembang surfed@sherli in bandar lampung met delta and heri in lampung _________________________________indonesia-java surfed@riri in bandung, with putuh and sam surfed@dini in bandung met dede, gita, pipiet, noor, mandy in bandung surfed@aziz in tangerang _________________________________indonesia-borneo surfed@fenni in pontianak traveled with juita in west kalimantan met adi and kim in pontianak _________________________________malaysia-sarawak surfed@franky in kuching traveled with aris around kuching surfed@minn in kuching surfed@elly in kuching, with hans, rakhel and marc met kelvin, fadli, ru, anis, anne, jason, lars, hitomi and jerry in kuching and spent christmas+ny there surfed@jean in kuching surfed@yong in kuching surfed@kelvin in daro surfed@chiu in sibu surfed@keith in sibu surfed@chiu's sister in bintulu surfed@micah in batu niah, with bastian surfed@amin in miri, with bastian and ales surfed@phil's boat in miri, with basti _________________________________brunei, with basti hitchhiked from miri to brunei surfed@vangi met sofia, wendy and zeria surfed@freddy surfed@novri _________________________________malaysia-sabah surfed@aiyeen on labuan surfed@joanita on labuan, with basti surfed@aizat in kota kinabalu, with basti surfed@joanita's familie in keningau surfed@aizat in kk, with alena hitchhiked around with alena and basti

_________________________________________ _ _ _ _ _ oh yes, i couchsailed on phil's boat from borneo to the phillippines :) with basti, erinn, zac and rebecca _________________________________philippines, wit bastian met mark in olsob surfed@arlette in cebu surfed@cherille in tacloban surfed@cecile in legazpi surfed@alvin in libmanan surfed@dk in lucena surfed@eric in cavite surfed@rachel in angeles surfed@eva in baguio _________________________________taiwan surfed@mina in taoyuan surfed@lee and hester in taoyuan surfed@laura in taichung met amy, eddy and erin in taichung surfed@owen in taichung, with mina surfed@hester in changhua, with lee surfed@jordan in tainan met penny, quentin, nans, yilang and ruby in tainan surfed@typhoon and evi in tainan surfed@steven in gangshan met szu and peter in kaosiung surfed@peter in pingung met jamy in pingtung surfed@harley in pingtung my family hosted ali from iran in hannover surfed@szu in donggang hitchhiked with ray to kenting surfed@ray's aunt in fanglio met and surfed@ steven, peter and harley again and again and again in pingtung surfed@karen on liuqiu island surfed@vivian on penghu island met kim on penghu surfed@sharon on penghu met sonny in kaohsiung traveled to the east coast with harley and peter met hooman in hualien surfed@li-mei in yuli surfed@angie in yuli surfed@azuma in taidong surfed@hooman in hualien surfed@bleggi in hualien hitch hiked with jerry over hehuanshan surfed@laura in taichung again :D surfed@a little family in taipei met xuen, mina, lee, hester and jerry in taipei

_________________________________euroooooooooooope and then i travelled with peter and harley+family from taiwan in europe for 2 weeks and planned their whole trip. hiking, camping, sailing and: surfed@johannes in neustadt and der weinstraße surfed@niels en pietje in leeuwarden, holland hosted them at home and my aunt's village surfed@lubomíra in czech republic

hosted eva and samanta from germany in hannover met behzad from iran in Hannover surfed@nadja in peine surfed@sophie in königslutter surfed@ahmad in magdeburg surfed@anne and fabian in brandenburg met samia, my host from bangladesh, in berlin :) hosted matias from chile in berlin hosted yafa from israel in berlin hitchhiked with michelle berlin-poland-berlin surfed@asia in szczecin, poland surfed@daniel in puck, poland met hsiang-chi from taiwan in berlin went dumpster diving with richard and adela in berlin met ingrid and puneet the colourful hitchhiker in berlin joined a poluck at maja's place in berlin played board games with maaike , frank and dan in berlin met husam from syria/germany and julia from sweden in berlin met vicky from hong kong in berlin met britta in potsdam surfed@kira and matze in potsdam surfed@doreen in göttin/werder surfed@samina and jasmin in stendal surfed@normen in gardelegen surfed@alexander in wolfsburg hosted sandra from germany in hannover hosted si from china in hannover hosted rodrigo from bolivia for christmas _______________________________________ 2014 celebrated the new year with rainer, stefan, kerstin and rodrigo hosted vicky from hong kong in hannover drove raj from india across germany surfed@bine in bremen surfed@karo in tampere/finland surfed@javad from iran in helsinki met peege from malaysia in helsinki baked muffins with aura in helsinki visited katja in tampere surfed@maria in bremen hosted sabong from korea in hannover met roeland in hannover, he came for a shower hosted matthias from bejing in hannover hosted tofeeq from syria in hannover hosted nikita And anastasia from moscow in hannover hosted wan chen + 2 friends from taiwan in hannover hosted adomas + 3 friends from lithuania in hannover surfed@katja in tampere surfed@aura in helsinki hung around with javad and anna in helsinki hosted a board game night in hannover hosted josi from germany and juraj from slovakia in hannover hosted yair from israel in hannover hosted adnan, my host from pakistan, in hannover :) hosted ricardo from portugal and agata from poland in hannover surfed@gopi in bochum surfed@dieter in immenstadt cooked with uwe in immenstadt surfed@christian in schleswig surfed@casper in veijle/denmark surfed@eric in kristiansand/norway surfed@henning near stavanger/norway surfed@milan in sand/norway hosted max, marlene and sören from germany in hannover hosted leigh, my host from taiwan, in hannover met simge from izmir in hannover hitchhiked with leigh from hannover to leipzig, where i surfed her friend's couch hosted wang from taiwan in hannover my parents hosted stephie from germany in hannover hosted alvaro from argentina in hannover hosted tommi from finland in hannover hosted sabong from korea again, for christmas _______________________________________ 2015 met mohsen and shiva from iran in hannover hosted loïs from france in hannover hosted saebinna from korea in hannover hosted Dan from Hongkong in Hannover went hiking with Ingo, Mohamad and Sally hosted Harsh from India/Berlin in Hannover hosted Onkar from India/Bonn in Hannover hosted Lukas from Lithuania in Hannover hosted Yair from Israel in Hannover (again) surfed@Harsh in Berlin


well, some people feel disturbed by the number of questions i ask, about everything. i'm interested in observing how other people live :) i like details and looking at nice things. i like going for a walk. and to hear birds singing. i love our planet and i'm interested in pretty much every field of natural science from astronomy to zoology. especially sustainability and renewable energies, also waste management and food. and education, i wish to know more about teaching because it's so important. i own a big lego city, sometimes i still buy new lego. seriously. i want to do more geocaching, dumpster diving and yoga. i like sports: karate, hiking, trekking, skiing, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, roller skating, cycling and (table)tennis/sqash/badminton. i enjoy photography very much, handicrafts (paper, wood, wool), reading, cooking (vegetarian/vegan), playing board games. however, nothing makes me more happy than beeing out in nature.

Music, Movies & Books

i like funny/positive movies, ratatuille, kung fu panda, tom hanks movies, books like the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, surely you're joking, mr. feynman and the art of happiness, but also "normal" books, and music that is "nice and not noisy" e.g. coldplay, travis, rem, the beatles, die prinzen and a lot more, sometimes also classical stuff

Last two books i finished: Oh, wie schön ist Parkhaus 4, Lars Weisbrod Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Murakami Last two movies i saw in cinema: Frau Müller muss weg Honig im Kopf

One Amazing Thing I've Done

passed an exam about quantum mechanics

Teach, Learn, Share

i'm always happy to share my incomplete knowledge. i will probably tell you the names of some stars and how to recognise a planet. i studied northern lights and the weather, maybe i can tell you how to live more healthy and how to protect our nature? i can show you how to punch and kick (of course only for defence, because: karate ni sente nashi - "there is no first attack in karate" - or for fun:) i wanna learn as much as i can, about the world; the nature, the people, the cultures, languages, nutrition... i want to learn kite surfing, ski touring, yoga, meditation. i'd like to know how to be a good teacher. and i'd love to know more about things to do with hands... from gardening to knitting to massage to drumming to fixing a car or building a boat or whatever :)

What I Can Share With Hosts

maybe whatever you'd like me to share with you

Countries I've Visited

Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway

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