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find the golden mean between conserving nature and strengthening livelihoods of forest-dependent communities
I am Mali, a nomadic future farmer :)
The past innumerable years I have been spending many hours of my life surrounded by four walls, in between which i could sit back and quietly learn all about nature, traditional knowledge of communities living thousands of kms away from me, virgin tropical forests, ecological agriculture, ....and all the potentials and issues surrounding these far-from-my-bed topics. This incredibly valuable though suffocating chapter is closed and I have just turned the first page into an excitingly new chapter. I want to try for once to live without a rush, allow more space for spontaneity and creativity, live with the seasons, observe and learn from nature, get my hands dirty, let my overused head get some rest, construct things that can lower my or someone else's ecological footprint.... In other words, I want to try to live the life as a future farmer for a while, travelling throughout Europe, with a violin around my shoulder if I dare to play on the streets, and perhaps later move beyond this continent into my beloved tropics :)
Mmm, besides this new chapter, what else can I tell you about me...? Hard! Well, I guess apart from hugging and climbing some local trees from time to time, I am grateful of having had the chance to travel to some far out tropical places, living and conducting fieldwork in remote places in the name of science. Four years back, I lived with two Indian rural fishing communities situated in the mangroves for a month and stayed for another four months to travel around. This chance to discover India, confirmed my lust for traveling.
As most other couchsurfers, I would love to see much much more of the world. A former excuse was that my studies simply demanded it. Now I am simply following my nose smelling fresh air, damp black soil and virgin rocks - so if you are interested to join in on this nomadic life, getting lost in places where nature is all around, or perhaps want to help me discover lovely organic farms, join my street band, or belay me in beautiful rock climbing and bouldering areas, give me a call! ;)
"You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to
remember that the planet is carrying you"
- Vandana Shiva
"Sometimes, the fastest way to get there, is to go slow,
And sometimes, if you want to hold on you have to let go.."
- From a song by Tina Dico
Shanti Shanti -:)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Whenever I am living somewhere permanently - which is kind of hard these days - I am holding my arms wide open for anyone who is keen on spending some more time with me apart from just sleeping over:)
So far, my enthusiasm about participating in the realization of this promising concept of cultural exchange has grown a lot after some hosting and surfing experiences. I am really happy to have met such friendly and inspiring people!
Anything green, tall, leavy and huggable :)
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Art house movies, documentaries about other cultures, nature, science, religions and movies from Tony Gatlif are amongst my favorites.
Love all kinds of music - gypsy, folk, world, reggae, electro, dubstep, drum 'n bass, goa, ambient, classical, and so on..
When I find the time and energy, it's mostly historical, philosophical and psychological novels into which i can get absorbed. Current interest goes to books and stories written in French; passionate about learning this beautiful language!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Full-moon bouldering in paradise-like Hampi, India, as well as bouldering and wandering about in the forests of beautiful Fontaine Bleau, France..
Getting lost in a labyrinth of alleys, in a place where all senses are stimulated by colours-smells-sounds, where rich meets poor, where all religions melt together, where life and death mingle in the mystical place of Varanasi, India.
Seeing semi-wild orang utans, bumping into poisonous snakes, strolling through last remaining bits of rainforest and having the chance to live in a rural community for fieldwork on the impact of oil palm plantations on people's livelihoods and the environment on Borneo, Malaysia.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am a 'tabula rasa' - eager to learn and share stories, knowledge, skills and experiences with people all around me; especially, anyone who's knowledgable in permaculture and construction of 'earth ships' or eco-houses would attract my full attention :)
I can tell you all about nature, how trees grow, which tree to hug or not to hug; would love to introduce you into the world of climbing and bouldering; practice some acrobatic capoeira moves with you and will allow you to try play on my violin ;)
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Denmark, France, Netherlands