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Travelling through SE-Asia.
We - that is my partner Daniel and I - have been living together for several years now. In 2008 we left Germany to visit Australia for 2 months and spend a year in New Zealand. We came on a Working Holiday Visa and ended up staying for four years. We travelled the country for seven months, then lived in Auckland, moved to Christchurch and back to Auckland. It's been fantastic and we love New Zealand, but it was time to move on. We left in late October and are currently travelling through SE-Asia before returning to Germany (at least for a while).
Learning and enjoying are the two main components of a happy life.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We were hosting and meeting people in Auckland for a short period since we became members. We surfed twice during our travels through SE-Asia. We would like to start hosting in Düsseldorf in the near future.
We hosted two times in Auckland and it was a truely great experience. We also met other members for a chat and went to the weekly Auckland CS-drinks. We surfed in Singapore, which was our first experience as guests and it was a really good one. Our second surfing experience was in Kuching, Borneo, which was also nice. We plan to do some hosting in Düsseldorf and surfing during future travels.
Besides travelling, we're interested in music, food (cooking and eating out), movies, art, photography (here's Daniel's flickr-stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pie4dan/), reading and computers (mostly Daniel). We also did quite a lot of tramping/hiking in New Zealand.
We enjoy good company and interesting conversations. We very much like going out for dinner, drinks, movies etc., but we are not really party people. We love the great outdoors just as much as a cosy night at home.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Mostly Rock and Metal. Some of the many bands we like: Dream Theater, Opeth, The Haunted, Muse, Porcupine Tree, Russian Circles
Movies: We watch a lot of films. Don't really like blockbusters, though. A favourite director is David Lynch. But we enjoy a lot of different genres from comedy to horror. You can check out our profiles on Letterboxd.com, if you want to know more: http://letterboxd.com/pie4dan/ and http://letterboxd.com/nicoledietze/.
Books: Crime novels, especially scandinavian ones (Nicole), non-fiction, German literature
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The whole time in New Zealand has been pretty amazing. Leaving home with the intention of being away for a year and not returning for more than 4 years is something we really didn't see coming.
Teach, Learn, Share
Regarding languages, we can teach German and English. Daniel is a computer expert and a keen photographer. We play piano and guitar, so could teach a bit of that as well. Also, we can share our knowledge of New Zealand - we've been everywhere and have done a variety of things, so definitely can give qualified travel advice as well as advice on working and living in NZ.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, France, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, New Zealand