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Mārtiņš Strīķis

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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Overview

  • 6 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Latvian
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nurse
  • Ba Nursing. Post Grad Diploma Mental...
  • From Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Travel around as a bush nurse --------------- This is now under review. This was the plan and will happen one day but then I went an explored the subject of mental health and I have got hooked on wanting to know more about it and supporting people through their difficulties - it is an amazing journey I have started. I have worked in the community team for a couple years and have recently transferred to the acute ward. Then i met this amazing girl Sarah and she is totally keen to travel the world instead of buying a house and I am totally liking the sound of that, so we are off to explore, work, travel, meet and live life to the fullest whilst finding solitude along the way and taking alternative transport toooooooo...

ABOUT ME

More info for those that I host and meet !

In brief though.,

Grew up first five years moving around various towns in Australia and Papau New Guinea, but the last 20years have been spent in Adelaide.
The last 8 years I have got in touch with my Latvian Heritage.
The last 5 years I have been studying and working in nursing with an interest for rural and remote health and most recently transferred to Mount Gambier to work in mental health. I have now moved back to Adelaide to learn about the acute management of those unwell mentally.

I'm a go go go person, even if that's to keep busy or to have time to myself relaxing or exploring. I like to explore local and distant areas, find the unused tracks and try not to get bogged in the sand!. I like to 'potter' around in my garden.... or going through letters and cards from friends. I like to send people birthday cards in the post - you have to keep the postal system alive at whatever the cost! .

PHILOSOPHY

Apparently my love language is Generosity - but whatever !. I like to have a good time, provide fun times whether that be in cooking or the experiences we share, without expecting anything in return.
Due to moving around a lot when I was younger, I cherish the brief moments you spend with people in hope that when you bump into them later in life, you begin where you left off....

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Well i was offering up my place to stay in the past and offered travel assistance when i drive long distances. I hosted someone for a music concert and took them to a friends BBQ prior. I have met up with others in my city for events. .

Travelling around Europe for the next 12 mnths will bring many new experiences I hope!. Living without a schedule will be exciting and i hope to learn about other's priorities, values, interests etc.

Interests

Latvian Folk Dancing - currently on hold, but I think I did it for about four years. Latvian singing - Did it for about 4 years, been on hold for the past 4 years and now about to return to it. I am 2nd bass and have no prior music knowledge, so I learn as I go.. Mountain bike riding - however I still need to build up confidence to do anything that seems mad. I love to mountain bike ride, i get adrenaline rushes whilst riding in traffic...thank goodness I haven't been knocked off yet!. Ive started playing golf. I'd like to start fishing again. I recently went snorkelling - still yet to learn to duck dive Playing social sports - last couple of years as been Australian Football, Soccer, Netball - . I love to try new restaurants, new cafes or the local pub ... whilst having a Barbecue (BBQ) with friends. Visiting wine regions, checking out forests, lakes and beaches. .

Music, Movies & Books

I dont get a chance to watch movies all that often. Most recent was MockingJay Hunger games, but I found out there was #2 I haven't seen ... I wondered why it seemed as though a story was missing in between.

Music is so diverse i don't know where to begin. I enjoy alternative, indie, dance, hip hop, reggae, classical, heavy, metal, ....

Books are mostly non-fictional biographies. Not best sellers, just personal stories about fleeing various wars.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Summer Soltice in Latvia - The culture, the activity, the all night light and the crazy antics associated with it.
Drifting on an ice lake was also in Latvia but in the middle of Winter!.

2006 - Niagra Falls / Mt Saint Helen / Yosemite / Grand Canyon
2008 - Latvian Song Festival Dziesmu Svetki , singing with 30,000 others!.
2014 - Morocco trip : Sleeping in the Sahara.

Teach, Learn, Share

Well I am a nurse that has been working in a small country hospital and now developing my knowledge in working with those with mental health concerns. Though I am new to couch surfing experiences, I still have my own Australian culture, mixed with new identity of Latvian culture to share, whilst my work and travel has taught me lots also. . I have volunteered in Malaysia at a school for disabled children and i would love to refer others to the place i went to. I come from Latvian culture and we do things differently. We are open hearted, accepting and have great cultural days, remembrances and crazy adventure -

What I Can Share With Hosts

I enjoy cooking. I enjoy talking about anything really. I like opportunities to learn about culture, travel, who you work for, what you enjoy, how you get the most out of life. I would love to play some board games, I would love to take your dog for a run, I would love to go for a bike ride, I would love to sit , relax, take in the sights.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Papua New Guinea

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