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Michaela Pixova

Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

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Overview

  • 69 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in Czech, English, French, Slovak; learning German, Indonesian, Spanish
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • human geography researcher and urban...
  • Ph.D. in human geography, MA in seco...
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

PLEASE! Do NOT send me requests unless you have read the following parts of my profile ("Why I am on CS", "My Interests", and "My Home") and clarified why you have picked me as a host. I only host about once a month and therefore I am very picky about my guests. You also have to discover the "password" that opens the door to my couch :)

CURRENT MISSION

being mother for the first time in my life, while starting a new post-doctoral research on urban social movements in the Czech Republic

ABOUT ME

I am a mother of a beautiful little boy, an owner of a cute little dog, a wife of a Canadian man, a human geographer, a left-wing activist, and a former hardcore singer. Please note that people who don't like dogs and babies are not welcome in our house.

Quiero aprender español. Los viajeros experimentados y amables, quienes pueden conversar conmigo en español, son bienvenidos. Je dois aussi améliorer mon français. Venez si vous pouvez m'aider avec ceci.Und ich lerne Deutsch. Aber ich bin ein Anfänger. Können Sie mir beibringen Deutsch?

PHILOSOPHY

I am an anti-capitalist inspired by Marxism and anarchism. I believe in humanity and in the planet Earth. I detest neoconservatism, neoliberalism and facist corporatism. I fear racism, climate change, greed and human stupidity.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I find couchsurfing one of the greatest thing invented. I like to host people, but I am very picky. I don't host more than once a month and I only host people that I find interesting. And of course I love surfing other people's couches :), it is the best part about travelling - having local people to stay with and being able to connect with them and learn from them!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have surfed in Canada, USA, Poland, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia. I have also travelled with other couchsurfers. My couch has been surfed by people from the USA, Canada, Chile, Portugal, France, Poland, Germany, Greece, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, and many other non CS members.
In Canada I learned to trust my couchsurfers. They can feel at home in my place.

Interests

As a human geographer I study the role of urban social movements and alternative cultures in urban development. I am interested in geographical issues surrounding human rights, social inclusion etc. I also engage as an activist in the area of the development of Prague, co-running an NGO called PragueWatch.cz.

My next passion is travelling - backpacking, hiking, snowboarding. I love Asia and I have been to most European countries, and also to Canada, USA, Cuba, Morocco.
I am into art, music, cooking, architecture, abandoned buildings, yoga, dogs (!I especially my doggie Manicka!), books, languages, drawing and lately also into series and movies .)

Apart from being passionate about human geography, especially radical and critical urban geography, I am also interested in other social sciences, politics, philosophy etc etc. .) I love critical social theory!

Music, Movies & Books

Electro, breakcore, tekno, jungle, punk, hardcore, noise, jazz, classical, chanson, rock'n'roll... My favorites are Joy Division, Orbital, Kap Bambino, Dead Kennedies, Waltari...

Movies: Control, Che, Vinetou, The Take, Kite Runner, Capitalism: A love story, Food, Inc.

Series: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Young Ones

Favourite authors: Karl Marx, Frederic Engels, Henri Lefebvre, David Harvey, Slavoj Zizek, Guy Debord, Sharon Zukin, Saskia Sassen, Jane Jacobs, Erich From, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Mark Fisher, Jan Keller.

And of course I love atlases and travel guides )))

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Amazing things I have done since 2014
Became pregnant and created a new human being inside my belly!
Gave birth to our son! (at home! :)
Spend every day with my son!
See my son grow and develop every day!

Amazing things I did before 2014
Met David Harvey!
Sailed to fort Boyard!
Spent four days with orangutans in Indonesian jungle.
Snowboarded in Romanian mountains.
Travelled on train for three days to visit a teknival on Krym peninsula in Ukraine.
Took the worst muddy 500 km road from Manali to Ladakh, North India...
For three months I squatted in London near the cemetary where Karl Marx was burried.
Saw the Kap Bambino concert in New York.
Got Mánička!!!!
Drove up to James Bay. Drove from Toronto to New Orleans.
I got lost on my snowboard in the Slovak mountains!
Slept in a Berber village in High Atlas in Morocco (while pregnant)!
Won a post-doctoral research grant for three years!!!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can give you the perspective of a critical geographer on many things that surround us, especially cities...
I can teach you how to cook some vegetarian and exotic meals (maybe some Czech ones too :) or how to snowboard :)
I can teach you some Czech, tell you about our country and Prague.
I would love to practice my French, learn German, Spanish and see how you make your own national food :).

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Nepal, Norway, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, United States

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