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Travelling the world with my guitalele
I am this often terribly shy earthling who's actually afraid of everything but spent 1.5 years in Beijing (thought I'd die the moment I embarked on the plane), walked more than 500miles on the Way of St. James through Switzerland and Northern Spain (on foot), lived as a herdsman for a few weeks and sings her own songs in front of other people.
Just embarking on a journey around the world and, hopefully, into the area of microfinance and social entrepreneurship. I see them both as a solution to the downturns of our overly capitalist (in other words overly greedy) system. Don't know where this will lead me. But as Lao Zi said: "Every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".
Life is like a path. It goes in ups and downs, you have to change directions many times, decide which turn to take and it ends somewhere. You walk it for the sake of walking. And you have to do it in your own pace. One step at a time.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
At the moment surfing Montreal. Originally wanted to go to San Francisco to intern there, but didn't get the position. They had to fill it prematurely because the former intern left early. Well well...things always turn out differently than expected, right?
My response to that turn of fate: Embarking on a journey around the world instead. With a focus on improving my languages, getting to know other people and (working) cultures, learning about microfinance, poverty, entrepreneurship and alternative lifestyles. Starting in Montreal with a 6 month programme and then heading to Southamerica and afterwards China.
Great up to now. Looking forward to meeting many more interesting people in Montreal.
Languages and cultures
Music, Movies, and Books
I am just reading "Banker for the poor" by Muhammad Yunus. I absolutely love the idea of microcredits to help poor people work their way out of poverty!
The next book will be "Social Business" by the same author.
And I love Lord of the Rings, The Pillars of the Earth and all the other historical novels.
In terms of music: too much to mention them all. I love world music (Susheela Raman, Prinzecito, Mayra Andrade, Miriam Makeba, Maatibaani and many more), folkpop (Cara Dillon, Julie Fowlies and more), rock, sometimes even electronic music.
In terms of movies I love un cuento chino, road to perdition, saint ralph and many more. My latest addition is "The life of Pi". An absolute must-see!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Walking the Way of St. James in Northern Spain was just an amazing experience!
Teach, Learn, Share
Well...I can for example teach you Mandarin Chinese and Intercultural Communication...
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, China, Germany, Switzerland