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Laura Degener

Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Overview

  • 174 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Dutch, Finnish, French, Norwegian
  • 31, Other
  • Member since 2010
  • wondering and wandering
  • MSc in physics
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

---- Just returned from 2 months in Finland. No fixed plans for the summer, therefore I prefer last minute requests (and guest staying more than 1 night)----

CURRENT MISSION

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, raw, edible wild plants) edit photos, write references - and a book? ... maybe find a job? as a teacher? - or study pedagogics first? - or travel more?

ABOUT ME

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 tried again this year and again didn't get in. 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;-)

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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 (done)
move back to scandinavia (I'm trying)
cylce or hitchhike and couchsurf through scandinavia (again and 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!

PHILOSOPHY

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

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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

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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
surfed@Veli-Matti in Helsinki
surfed@Matej in Prague
surfed@Aneta in Prachatice/CZ
hosted Tomas and Justas from Lithuania in Hannover

Interests

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 books i finished:
Fettnäpfchenführer Russland
Mein Leben am Limit - Reinhold Messner
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage - Murakami
Last 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 :)

Countries I've Visited

Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, 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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