Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland
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To make a step in every country and of course to save the world!
I am Monika, I am 23, living and studying in Warsaw.
I spent my childhood in a small town and I loved that! When I moved to Warsaw for studies I realized how much I like it so I decided to show my city to any people who are eager. It is really a great one! I simply love travelling but when I can't roam due to my studies then I am always for guests from all over the world.
I love travelling and simply moving so - apart from my hometown - I have already lived long term in two polish cities and I studied abroad twice - in Kolkata (India) in 2013 and in Zagreb (Croatia) in 2014/15. I am going to take part in another exchange in Istanbul next semester! I hope it is even more to come ;)
Being very eager to learn I study law and last year I graduated from international relations, nowadays continuing it with focus on India studies what I love. I want to be human rights defender in the future. I am tolerant and I hate people with "people-phobia", I do not accept hate for race, religion... I am a feminist as well.
The word that describes me the most is optimistic, I try not to complain when I can't change things, I enjoy every little thing that happens. I love orange colour, white chocolate, India, italian-everything and foreigners :) I just want my day to be 72 hours instead of 24! So many places, so many books, so many people, so less time. I have 1000 ideas for a second and I am sometimes pretty bad in implementing all of them. I hope one day I will become more organized and less chaotic.
I love hosting people but sometimes I get really boring copy-paste requests saying "you seem to be open minded and easy going, I want to meet you". Well, you can say it about almost everyone here, please put some effort to make me think you really read what I wrote and you really want to meet me as a host, not only to have a free couch. I am too polite to write you "copy-paste, declined" so please ;p Thanks.
I recently started writing a blog so you can check it out - I will mostly focus on travelling: https://aywander.wordpress.com/ here you go!
Everyone has a story to tell but I only listen to people who tell INTERESTING stories. I am getting bored with bad jokes or with complaining people so... move!
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting, surfing, spreading the idea :)
I started in 2011 and I have hosted people from different continents, I surfed couches in Europe and in Asia and I met so many people whom I guided in the city or whose help I used being abroad. It is always great to show what my city has to offer and to get advice from local people. Drinks always included :) I can say that I got really good friends thanks to couchsurfing and I would never change travelling this way for any hotel stays (if possible ;)).
Hosted: 1. Somen from India (May 2011) 2. Ertug from Turkey (May 2011) 3. Marco from Italy (July, September, December 2012) 4. Alex from Spain (August 2012) 5. Chandan from Sweden (October 2012) 6. Nati from Israel (March 2015) 7. Nico from Germany (April 2015) 8. Stephane from Canada (April 2015)
Surfed: 1. Akram - Budapest, Hungary (September 2012) 3. Chandan - Stockholm, Sweden (September, November 2012) 3. Pramit - Bhubaneswar, India (March 2013) 4. Thomas - Oslo, Norway (September 2014) 5. Jimi - London, UK (September 2014) 6. Silvia - Tallin, Estonia (September 2014) 7. Nati - Jerusalem, Israel (January 2015)
Met: 1. Oren from Israel (August 2012) 2. Faheem from Sweden (September 2012) 3. Omar & Tarek in Budapest (September 2012) 4. Mak in Budapest (September 2012) 5. Zeeshaan in Stockholm (November 2012) 6. Vinay in Kolkata (February 2013) 7. Ekram in Kolkata (March 2013) 8. Luzcanita in Saigon (June 2013) 9. Ketan from India (April 2014) 10. Yalkin and Vadzim in Oslo (September 2014) 11. Daniel in London (September 2014)
And it all has been AWESOME!
Travelling, of course - my best place is India and then Asia as a whole. My aim is to see all the counries and probably to take a gap year and travel around the world! I am addicted to travel blogs and subscribed to maaany flight booking sites. If only I didnt have to study that much... ;p
INDIA! This is my passion, my interest, my neverending goal... I love this country and I after I went there alone after begging my parents for permission I decided that I have to go back - I did! I studied there, lived, travelled and fell in love with India again. I believe in karma and I think in my previous life I was born in India or... maybe in Italy ;p I am also crazy about italian "things" - people, language, history and cuisine!
Books. I wish I had more time for this. I love these moments when I can just sit and read but it happens quite seldom recently. I enjoy real stories, especially based on Italy or India.
Islamic world, so much.
Languages, especially "exotic ones" like hindi now :)
Actually I like those "studying" topics connected with my faculties. Law, international relations, history and journalism and many more... Being interested in world's politics I am subscribed to hundreds of international newspapers on... facebook ;p Human rights, feminism... peace! I am sometimes a journalist too, which I would like to improve soon.
Last time I enjoy cooking, I am pretty good in indian but not only. Love to try new things, exotic, unknown, yaaay, I am thinking to open a restaurant after I finish all my studies ;)
Yoga and indian life philosophy.
I am also interested in religions and different cultures, no matter if its buddhist asian country or some tribal community of South America - I will always want to learn more!
I can spend days and nights when I have an interesting book. I was addicted to italian-dream stories, I read everything that concerns women's life in islamic world, I love books about travelling, about religions and history. No killing, no drama.
Movies? I love dramas, erotic dramas, documentary, comedies and all about discovering the world. I am seriously scared of horrors.
I listen to rock, a littlebit of reggae and pop. Its been a while since I got into electro but I am still not sure if I like it that much. No hip hop for me!
Seeing my mother coming back from hospital with my newborn brother! Going to India alone in the age of 20 and exploring it in the best way. Living, studying and travelling in India. Surviving extremly hot summer in Calcutta, really bad sunburn in Vietnam, travelling with people I didn't know before, being invited for a celebration directly from the street by strangers... many many more happened and even more to come :) Erasmus in Croatia and travelling through Balkans. Getting to know Couchsurfing!
I can teach you languages I know, I can show you my city and tell you a lot of stories about it, I can cook and teach how to cook things that I know. Well, I am polish so you are more than welcome for polish vodka! I am always eager for languages, I love to learn! Always up for books/movies/music advice!
Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Croatia, India, Poland
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