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Your attention is the most powerful creative tool you have. Cherish it and use it well.
Once a girl fell in love with a beautiful city named Vienna and decided to live there. She actually made it and along the way she found another loves, big and small ones... And as if that was not enough, she saw a dancer moving like a snake, with the strength and grace of a Goddess and fell in love for life, got lucky and is now dancing with other tribal ladies. Dancing through the life, with the life, and sometimes out of it, all to the rhythm of her heart...
Verum, sine mendacio, certum et verissimum: Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius.
Just keep swimming ...
UPDATE: I found this on Paulo Coelho's Blog and I love it!!
Traveling in a different way
When I was very young I discovered that, for me, a journey is the best way to learn. I still have this pilgrim’s soul to this day, and have decided to relate some of the lessons I have learned, in the hopes that they will be useful to other like-minded pilgrims.
1] Avoid museums. This advice may seem absurd, but let us reflect a little together: if you are in a foreign city, isn’t it far more interesting to seek out the present, than the past? Usually, people feel obliged to go to museums, because ever since they were small they have been told that traveling is a search for this type of culture. Of course museums are important, but they require time and objectivity - you need to know what it is you want to see there, otherwise you will come away with the impression that you saw several things which are fundamental to your life, but cannot remember what they were.
2] Frequent bars. Unlike museums, this is where the life of the city can be found. Bars are not discotheques, but places where the people gather to have a drink, pass the time, and are always willing to chat. Buy a newspaper and observe the bustle of people coming and going. If someone speaks to you, strike up a conversation, however banal: one cannot judge the beauty of a path merely by looking at its entrance.
3] Be open and forward. The best tourist guide is someone who lives there, knows everything, but doesn’t work at a travel agency. Go out into the street, choose someone you wish to speak to, and ask him or her for directions (where is such-and-such a cathedral? Where is the post office?) If this bears no fruit, try someone else - I guarantee that in the end you will find excellent company.
4] Try and travel alone, or - if you are married - with your spouse. It will be harder work, no one will be looking after you, but this is the only way of truly leaving your country. Group travel is just a disguised way of pretending to go abroad, where you speak your own language, obey the leader of the pack, and concern yourself more with the internal gossip of the group than with the place you are visiting.
5] Don’t compare. Don’t compare anything - not prices, nor cleanliness, nor quality of life, nor means of transport, nothing! You are not traveling in order to prove you live better than others - your search, in fact, is to find out how others live, what they have to teach, how they view reality and the extraordinary things in life.
6] Understand that everyone understands you. Even if you don’t speak the language, don’t be afraid: I have been in many places in which there was no way of communicating with words, and I always found support, guidance, important suggestions, even girlfriends. Some people think that if you travel alone, you will go out into the street and be lost forever. All you need is the hotel card in your pocket, and - should you find yourself in extreme circumstances - take a taxi and show it to the driver.
7] Don’t buy much. Spend your money on things which you won’t have to carry: good theater, restaurants, walks. Nowadays, with the global market and the Internet, you can have everything you want without having to pay for excess baggage.
8] Don’t try and see the world in a month. It is better to stay in one city for four or five days, that visit five cities in a week. A city is like a capricious woman, who needs time to be seduced and reveal herself completely.
9] A journey is an adventure. Henry Miller said that it is far more important to discover a church no one has heard of, than go to Rome and feel obliged to visit the Sistine Chapel, with two hundred thousand tourists shouting all around you. Go to the Sistine Chapel, but also get lost in the streets, wander down alleyways, feel free to look for something, without knowing what it is. I swear you will find it and that it will change your life.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting lovely people. Surfing other lovely people's couches.
Snarking at (I'm sure lovely) people who can't write a decent couchrequest and don't bother reading profiles.
Telling everyone why couchsurfing rocks and how it is NOT a hotel for free.
First CS experience in May 2007: Milano, Italy, where I met Valery and Ivana and Elsa and Marco and Maurizio ... and I LOVED IT !!! Thanx guys for the wonderful time:-) and totally winning me for CS !!! Things will never be the same ...
Since then... many more awesome people who brought a piece of the world to my living room and took a piece of my heart with them on further journeys.
... kind and generous hosts who made traveling more vibrant, more alive and I'll always remember them in connection to "their" city and place I met them. People are what makes places alive and worth visiting!
... the punkrockers among bellydancers - Tribal Style Bellydance - I teach, perform and learn. I like to explore any kind of movement, dance or other forms of expression through body. My dance website: www.nakari.info
... anything worth reading. I shouldn't be allowed into the bookstores as I would be buried under all the books I would buy. They still somehow find a way into my hands and I take them home...
Currently I'm reading Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit, Penguin's History of the World and anything by Malcolm Gladwell ...
... I miss singing, come make music with me, start a tune, I'll join you and we'll make the whole street dance ...
... letters, poems, stories, blogs, anything...
... tell me about you, your stories, joys, fears, loves, hates ... I love listening to the fairytales of life ...
... I want to experience everything life has to offer, if not personally then vicariously through others! Tell me about your passions, your identity, your worldview, your experience, things that light your soul on fire...
... listen to the spirits of Earth and Sky, search for the singing birds high in the trees, breathe the air that's vibrating with life, be a part of it ...
... Right now cracking the Tarot deck I got from a friend, when I'm not drumming and chanting the shamanic songs with owl feathers in my hair and candles on the floor ...
... I have a mommy cat and a baby cat, they own me ...
- performing arts
- live music
- group travel
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies - Moulin Rouge!, Big Fish, August Rush, The Fountain, Pan's Labyrinth, Constantine, Night Watch/Day Watch, The Notebook, Danny the Dog, Lemonade Joe, Kdyby Tisic Klarinetu, Starci na Chmelu, The Man From Earth, Step Up, The Avengers,
Music - my iPod list changes often. Now it has Beats Antique, Maduro, CocoRosie, Led Zeppelin, GunsNRoses, Laura Marling, Lykke Li, The Pretty Reckless, Beirut, ManMan, Eskmo, Bassnectar, Abney Park, Corvus Corax, The Decemberists, Feist, Emilie Autumn, Dead Can Dance, Amon Tobin, Kocani Orkestar, Dunkelbunt, Amy Winehouse, Solace, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alison Sudo, Robbie Williams, Thievery Corporation, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Take That, Hungry Ghosts,
Song - Mamas & Papas: Dream a little dream of me, Lou Rhodes: Tremble, Feist: Gatekeeper, Kate Voegele: Kindly Unspoken, Sandi Thom: I wish I was a punkrocker
Book - Seagull Jonathan Livingstone , Ivan Krasko poetry, Shakespeare's Sonnets, Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter, LOTR, Water for Elephants, ... and MANY more...
Painting - Meditative Rose from Salvador Dali
City - Vienna!!!
Dancers - Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Carolena Nericcio, Bri Hurley, Ashley Bennett
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've participated in building and initiation of the first Medicine Wheel in Slovakia, hidden in a magically beautiful mountain cleft ... I got to know myself better, listened to what my Soul wants, to what the World wants, made a vow and gave it to the Fire ... I danced and chanted and drummed with the spirits ... I met wonderful people who felt like my family ... all that in three days, in a time beyond the everyday ordinary life, gone too fast, but still lingering in the air around me, breathing and sending shivers down my spine whenever I remember ...
Falling in love and being loved in return. Being free to love and not be judged for it. Polyamory. Fluid sexuality. Searching for myself in the mirrors held up by my loved ones. Having more than two hands to hold on the journey of life.
Every time I'm dancing. The best ones are unexpected improvisations and live music. There is a special magic that happens when music and dance see each other for the first time and try to accommodate each other. Improvisation is the key to stay in the flow...
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you ...
... the basic moves of bellydance, tribal style
... how to play a djembe, or a recorder, or a kazzoo, or a triangle ;)
... how to make friendship bracelets
... a few phrases in Slovak, Czech, German
... something about tea
... reading tarot cards
... shamanic journeying
I want to learn ...
... as many languages as I can
... about other cultures, countries, people
... oriental drumming
... songs on ukulele
... hackysack tricks
I can share...
... music and movie and tv show and art recommendations
... books! Wanna swap? Have finished a lot and still haven't read many.
... my love for the beautiful city I live in
... clothes. seriously. my closet is bursting.
Countries I’ve Visited
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain
Countries I’ve Lived In