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Marcin Koziej

Warsaw, Mazovia, Poland

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Overview

  • 34 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Polish; learning Ancient Greek, French, German, Latin, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Learning, being with people close to...
  • I study at Warsaw University. Also I...
  • From Warsaw
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Wanderlust

ABOUT ME

It's hard to describe oneself just like that. I guess You need some reference points -- here's a bunch of them:

I still continue my education -- though I should be probably getting a loan and a full time job. I finished one technical -- profession oriented faculty and now I'm studying philosophy, which is one thing that makes me a happy man. It's a good fortune I had this opportunity.

Lately I fell in love with the NGO (non-governmental organisations) and I'm currently work in a foundation (open information technology / education sector). Also I'm engaged in Mokotów Food Coop.

I'm interested in a lot of things, which makes me a non-expert at each. I like technical topics, the sciences; maths, logic, etc. That's where I've started. I'm also more and more interested in humanities; apart from philosophy -- literature (though I've got a lot to catch up with!), languages.

I'm quite traditional about food. That makes it a social thing -- I like cooking and eating together. I wouldn't bear eating and living alone.

I listen to music most of the time. I like rock/alternative/sung poetry/world/oriental music, some jazz, classical music, even a little bit of electronic/d'n'b.
Almost all except rap and most hiphop.

I live in Warsaw, Poland. This is a weird country and a weird city -- big and concrete, rebuilt after the World War II but i guess it never got it's atmosphere back.
I'm ambivalent about this topic -- You get all the culture (music, theater, galleries, sights) and parties, but also crowds, big city's solitude and quite an unhealthy environment.
I like cosy places where people know each other, life goes not so fast, is simpler in general and more natural.
But i'm kept in the city by family, my friends, my university--it's always hard to deny Your roots.

Sometimes I feel like flowing from place to place, eager to leave when at home,
striving to come back, when i travel for too long..

I don't live with my family, though they're in the same city as me, I like to be at the helm of my life.
I value close relations more than lots of detached acquaintances.
Currently I live in between the city center and one of Warsaw districts.

I'm not religious, but I don't consider myself a person without morality.
I believe keeping harmony with one's conscience and sensibility shows the right way.

PHILOSOPHY

Simplicity and naturalness appeal to me.

I'm kind of a behaviorist (one thing that holds me is that for some things i just cannot find words...)
I believe in deeds not words.

I'm spiritual but in a human way. I do believe those values come from men and not from the outside.
It takes hard work on oneself, as opposed to just waiting for god/cosmos/brahman to do all the job for You.

I believe that good and bad is rooted in us also.
For me it comes to simplest of things -- everyday people relations, not getting angry when you don't have to. It's not easy to do this always though.

Two ancient european sayings:
Know thyself -- γνῶθι σεαυτόν
Nothing in excess -- μηδέν άγαν

Philosophers which I like and about which I'd like to know more than I do: Wittgenstein, Ryle, Frege, Horkheimer, Nietzsche, Hegel, Kant, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Spinoza, Hobbes, Aristotle, Plato, Heraclitus.

I'm not at all into politcs.

I try to find time to question that, what seems to be, as it happens things are not what they seem.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Really, really great way to travel. You get all the backstage stuff with CS!

Unfortunately not to much experience as a host -- I guess Warsaw is a little bit CS-overcrowded :)

Interests

Music, food, people, books/philosophy, traveling/other cultures.

Music, Movies & Books

A lot of, except rap and most hiphop.
Currently listening to -- The Pixies, Kult/Kazik Staszewski (polish), Buena Vista social Club, Aretha Franklin, Mirosław Czyżykiewicz (polish), Moby, Regina Spektor, Renata Przemyk (polish), Radiohead, The Dresden Dolls, Devendra Banhart, PJ Harvey, Sinatra, Blur, Beirut, Nouvelle Vague.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Met some people I was lucky to meet :-)

Went to Syria by land.

Teach, Learn, Share

well, computers, philosophy, languages, biking, sailing, cooking :)
Lately I've been making my homebrewn bread; so I don't buy bread any more.
I can teach You how to make polish dumplings too.

Countries I've Visited

India, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey

Countries I've Lived In

Denmark, Poland

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