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Hello! This is Mika, and i have recently decided to put all my eggs in the epic adventures basket! You can learn more about what i'm up to on my website www.notmadyet.com, or follow me on Instagram @notmadyet :-)
If you'd like to stay with me, feel welcome to check out my profile and write me a message. You're not expected to read the whole profile thoroughly, but the 'Why I'm on Couchsurfing' and 'My Home' sections are a must --- i've succumbed to the whole hidden word nonsense, and you'll find the two you must use in your request in those sections ;-)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
A place to spend the night for free in good local company is a fundamental right, not a privilege. I would like to live in a world where hospitality is the norm, and when i am in hosting mode i do my best to contribute to that vision :-)
I grew up with my grandparents, and one of my most remarkable memories is that of always having "strangers" in the house. Their doors would be always open for an extended family member from the countryside who was moving into town and needed a place to stay until they settled down, or the son/daughter of a friend who was coming to take an exam, or for a job interview, and could not afford a hotel. Sometimes they were open to complete strangers as well. Probably because of that, it just feels weird and empty when my lounge is not messy with someone's traveling bag open at the corner and an undone couch. I simply love hosting people. It comes very naturally to me.
If you request to stay with me, please tell me a few words about what you are doing, and how you think i may best support you in your project. What do you need? Do you need a place to do your laundry? Do you need something that i might be able to help you find in my city? Are you staying for just one night on your way somewhere else, or are you interested in staying longer and seeing some of the city as well --- and what aspects of it are you interested in, touristic attractions, the people, the night life?
I am a budget traveler myself. It's the only way i can afford being for so long on the road. So, i'm quite understanding of what may be some of your needs and concerns. If you stay for one night, your dinner and breakfast are on me. If i invite you to do something with me and/or my friends, i want you to feel comfortable asking me how much that might cost you (if i have a steady source of income at the time i'll probably offer to treat you). If you've read this whole section, please include the word 'poop' in your request.
- bike touring
- tree climbing
- effective altruism
Music, Movies, and Books
These are not necessarily my all-time favorites, but rather what i've been up to at around the time i last updated this profile:
Music: Dream Theater; Periphery; The Contortionist; TesseracT; Skyharbor; Magma.
Movies: Ex Machina (2015)
Books: Into The Wild (Jon Krakauer); Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer); A Jangada de Pedra (José Saramago)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One of the most amazing things I've ever done was climbing the Wheeler Peak, in New Mexico, in August 2010. The wind, the unbelievably clear view, and the awesome feeling of accomplishment at just above 4000m were all just priceless!
But if you'd like to hear about an experience which has dramatically changed me, i'd go with skydiving! I finally managed to do my first tandem jump in October 2011, after wishing for such an experience since i was a little kid. Skydiving is something i think everybody should do at least once in their lives. The first half a second is impossible to describe, you have to feel it; the free fall part is a blast; and gliding after deployment is one of the best sensations ever! I'm going for a license to jump solo as soon as i can prioritize the time --- hopefully next spring!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to open an avocado, or how to stop your bicycle using exclusively the front breaks -- -the safest, most efficient way to do it. I can also help you practice your Brazilian Portuguese. I have plenty of experience traveling on a budget in general and bike-touring in particular, and i'd be very happy to share any of that with you :-)
I can also share a mindful hug (if wanted), my attention, and a good conversation about any topic whatsoever --- i'm interested in anything you're excited to tell me about.
I enjoy cooking as a social enterprise. I don't know much about it myself, but you'll have a pair of hands ready to do anything you ask, from cutting the onions to washing the dishes!
Do you know anything about bicycles? If you're available to teach me a few things about it, that would be fantastic! I travel a lot with my bicycle, but haven't had much of an opportunity to learn how to fix it beyond the basics :-)
What I Can Share with Hosts
If you'd like, i could also bring you something from where i'm coming :-) ( I once took four copies of the book my host in Vienna had just published by bicycle to my host in Bratislava :p )
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Denmark, United States