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In short: I am crazy, hyper, fun loving kind of a gal.
The longer version: Gym and fitness have been a big part of my life, a passion really, yet do not be afraid – I do not MAKE other people do press-ups or lift weights after seeing them enjoy a big meal. No guilt trips, I promise!
So it happens that cuisine and cooking are another passion of mine. Especially, if it’s Japanese or Korean. This love has grown from loving anime - I love cat-girls! (Have me some ears nyan !^.^ ), developed into curiosity about the culture and now has turned into a full blown obsession with EVERYTHING connected with Japan and South Korea, and bits and bobs nearby…
This probably sums up how I came to realize my need to travel. I must admit, though – I am a bit shy and worried about using Couchsurfing, but then again – I have three very good reasons, why to give it at least a shot:
1) No good story has started with the words: “I will just have a salad and stay at home”;
2) Staying at hotels, eating the ‘international’ food and all by myself doesn't really ‘fit’ my idea of an awesome trip! No, it’s the local people or at least the expats that have made a life somewhere else, therefore would understand the fears and confusion of another traveller, it’s the local, less well-known places, home cooked meals and markets around the corner, people’s views and opinions, different sense of humour and perceptions – that’s only a small part of the makings of an amazing trip, in my opinion!
3) My housemate made me! She is addictively enthusiastic about the Couchsurfing community and has inspired me to become a part of it! So, please, be patient with me, while I wrap my head around it.
My plan is to treat this and upcoming year as a turning point in my life, so the more various people, places and experiences will become a part of it – the better! Although at the beginning of my journey, I already now can say – it feels like I have opened a new pair of eyes and have gotten a new set of lungs – everything looks more colourful, exciting, vivid and tastes so much fresher.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It’s kind of simple – I love everything about the Couchsurfing mantra! And I want to be a part of it! It’s quite selfish, really, isn't it? I can’t believe I hadn't heard of it until just this year, either! I want to hear the experiences of others and add my own, I want to explore what the world has to offer and find out can I give something back. I wonder about the things that seem to be sort of common-sense in one country, but are entirely different in another, give a complete shock to the system, sort of speak…
The other selfish reason is to discover myself. A cliché, I know, yet one very, very true! I haven’t really been on my own much, so I am learning how not only be all by myself, but also about WHO I am, what I want to be and how to be the best possible version of myself – both physically and mentally. It’s a self-discovery journey with such stops as: “Have Fun!” “Learn!” “Grow!” “Master Independence!” and such…
The largest interest of mine is cooking, especially Japanese and Korean cuisine. Love to try out new recipes and sort of experiment with ingredients available locally.
I am very social, but I realize that by saying I love socialising and going out and meeting new people will sound possibly strange to most people that don’t live in such big cities as London. So I will just say that I am interested in making new acquaintances, open to making new friends and learning about other means of travel, adventures and experiences. So very excited about this chapter of my life.
I think I have become slightly obsessed with travel, and although I haven’t been to that many places just yet, I recognize the urge. This year I have some smaller and less lengthy trips planned, while I am saving up money to embark on a yearlong trip to Asia some time next year. Wish me luck!
Fitness is something I would like to build my life/career around. Right now I am doing a personal training course and learning how to re-program my own thinking into a more positive outlook on life, people and events.
- working out
Music, Movies, and Books
To say that I would be a bit of a heavy metal rock chick, would be an understatement. I rock on all the old stuff from Iron Maiden, Deep purple, from Rainbow to Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Sum 41, Blink 182, Alter Bridge, Shine Down, Three Days Grace, Hinder, Disturbed, Trivium, Kill Switch, Bullet for my valentine, SOAD, Slipknot, Stone Sour, etc.
I absolutely adore Lindsay Stirling and Pentatonix, too, so it’s not all just heavy metal, either! But, yeah, I do enjoy a fair amount of good quality music. That being said – my guilty pleasure is Nickelback. Yes, you heard me – I am a shameless Nickelback fan, only… not so easy to shame – trust me – my housemates have tried (and failed miserably!). They are one step away from getting our doorbell changed to ‘Rockstar’
I also quite like a bit of Japanese rock and Korean pop.
When it comes down to movies, I am mostly a sci-fi and fantasy film fan: Star Trek (the new movies), Star Wars, Stardust, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as well as the Hobbit, are only a few among many others. In love with Studio Ghibli!!!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Finally taken charge of my life, taken the bull by the horns and am in the process of turning everything I have ever known on it's head. By going from a stable job, to taking the gamble and travelling the world for at least a year.
(Maybe longer if I can)
It's a huge leap of faith for me and one that I intend to stick to. Making awesome friends and sharing some awesome experiences along the way.
Teach, Learn, Share
Oh, I absolutely would love to master Japanese sometime soon.
I could teach about healthy lifestyle (no pressure, though ), correct exercising and individual training.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can share my own life experiences with all of you lovely fellow surfers out there! :) I have a wide range of knowledge about food and cooking, (I wanted to have my own small holding, keep animals and learn to be self sufficient)
I can share my vibrancy for living life to the full. I work hard and play harder. (But don't let that put you off) I also like to take life slow and steady and relaxed.
I can also share with you my knowledge of fitness. ( Part of the exciting thing with travelling is working out how I will be keeping fit without a gym! Maybe we can even train together. Training buddies!
Countries I’ve Visited
Czech Republic, France, Japan, New Zealand
Countries I’ve Lived In