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Back in town. Trying to make sense of my newly gained freedom, having graduated with a Masters of Education (is it really time to have a full time job, yet?! )
I think I'm a sociable person to get along with . I like talking to friends, meeting new people, having a good glas of beer. So nothing better than people plus beer :) I am also a more or less passionate E-bass player and enjoy to jam from time to time with other people.
I'm also volunteering with a NGO that seeks to enable people worldwide to have access to free and quality education. I believe that it requires education for everyone to help mankind comprehend the value of peace and human rights. I'm not an illusionist, who believes that my work will change a lot. But rather than being passive I want to do a first step.
Oh, that changes from day to day. Sometimes, I'm all ambitious and all like "I'm gonna live ascetic and healthy, get my shit together and what not. Some other day, I'm more like hung over and dream about where to travel....
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
The longer I am an active member, the more I realize how much potential this project is. Even though the homepage has changed, it still remains a unique opportunity to link people of every age and every nationality to meet, share their stories and experiences and to get a great insight their lives, friends, families and neighbourhood. If you leave a place as a normal tourist, it's just the photos that remain. With CS you'll have a friend, know his or her other friends, have unique memories and kinda feel like leaving something behind. I appreciate that, so I want to offer that to other people here as well.
HOWEVER, I have also realize some drastic changes with CS. Not only did this side turn into a profit organization, the community has changed, too. It's more and more people just not wanting to pay for their accommodation, which makes them join CS. I also experienced that some guys just host girls (sorry Italy, I am referring to you :P) which made my Italy trip very disappointing. So I don't appreciate neither of these people and am not be willing to host, when your profile is hardly complete, has no references or your request seems copy-paste-ish.
I met many couchsurfers and they really made my trips a blast . It's been a fun and sometimes crazy way to travel Had a party on a speed boat in front of Miami skyline, surfed with a skilled nightclub DJ from Pittsburgh, one crazy Polish guy who hosted the 6!! of us, got wasted, slept on the bare ground, stood up some hours later and just drove to work. I also stayed with an American teacher in Beirut, with some crayz cool Jordanians, who were so much down to party, had a Purim party in Tel Aviv and even stayed with an Israeli in a settlement in the West Bank, who we prepared some food and had longer conversations and many more. Also couchsurfed Iran and Kurdistan Iraq, which was amazing. I actually learnt some basic Farsi by doing so. Thank you guys!
Politics & Philosophy (That's what I major in)
- human rights
- middle east
- bass guitar
Music, Movies, and Books
Basically Jazz-Fusion, Electronic Music, Metal sometimes for the good old days
I'm really into (political) philosophy, especially existentialism and historic materialism: Nietzsche, Marx, Gramsci, Adorno, Fromm, Marcuse and others. I'm really not an expert but like reading and interpreting their ideas.
Sci-Fi Literature: Especially Philip K. Dick!!! But also others like Asimov or Gibson
American Literature (stuff like Poe, Thoreau, Paul Auster,...)
or casual stuff like Frank Schätzing, Marc Elsberg,..
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- definitely hitchhiking and couchsurfing Iran and Iraq
- Climbing Jebel Toubkal (4100 m), Marrocco
- bike trip from Oslo to Copenhagen (800 k)
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: How to move your head and your body to perform like a professional bass player, amateur astronomy and astrophysics, how not get stressed before exams, despite having had procrastinating hardly :D
Learn: I'd like to learn how to do luicid dreaming, to play the upright bass how to carpentry and how to fix things, would also be great to practice my Arabic by any chance
Share: realizing that whenever you think you have figured out what life is about, it comes back to you, demonstrating it aint that simple, philosophy
What I Can Share with Hosts
Isn't that clear now from what it says above?
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States