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Escape Brobdinggnag, explore Glubbdubdrib and find the land of Houyhnhnms
The seven words of the gypsyI enjoy incredibly exposure to unknown environments. I love learning to live from scratch and putting my preconceptions up for crabs. I am hard-headed about things I like and ready to revise things I believe. I love those damn little moments of persuasion.I can hardly make the distinction between art and life. I like to immerse my-self in all sorts of strange and randomly conceived situations. I have lot's of unresolved energy that I am keen on giving out in any kind of activity ranging from underwater rugby to hoola hoop. My ears stick out and are very patient. I appreciate every new story. People generally feel quite confortable talking their worries away to me.I am a learning vampire. I need to learn something new every day, otherwise I will die. I've lived among the rich and the poor and I would rather stay poor.
As you set out for Ithaca
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon - don't be afraid of them:
you' ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
wild Poseidon - you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbours you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind -
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaca always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaca to make you rich.
Ithaca gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I joined couchsurfing and hospitality club in February 2006. Soon after we hit the road with a gang of Cephalinian friends and road-tripped across Europe. Since then I had the chance to host adventurous travelers in Athens, Cephalonia, Paris, Hamburg, Bologna, Haifa, New York and lately in Berlin and I received genuine hospitality in all kinds of dwellings in Europe,Middle East, Western Africa, and Latin America. Some of the more memorable experiences include being led to a party amidst a ravine in the Canarias, surfing a sailing couch in the Dodecanese, climbing mount Olympus with great company in Greece and exchanging hospitality with my look-alike in Cephalonia and Los Angeles.
I somehow feel a natural aversion towards the word "interest" and all it's possible derivatives. I tried to trace up the origins of this antipathy deep into my mind without reaching any final conclusion. It might be because dull institutions like banks tend to have such things. It might be because it is the most expansionist word in any vocabulary. It tends to suck up every advective into a mere "interesting" which is usually followed by an exclamation. Thus, it tends to reduce poetry into economics. It could also be a disenchantment with all the interested "go and get it people" who long for objects and desires without ever reflecting the origins of the longing. I have been thinking to try to repress all my interested self and to adhere to situationist randomness! That said I have been unable to eliminate the loathsome word from my own vocabulary something that makes me start to think that I should lash my self every time I subconsciously happen to utter it.
Music, Movies, and Books
Only two kinds of music: good and bad and I think I like 'em both
Some Greek music for your ears : The Rebetiko genre in all its expressions, Bellou, Xilouris, Papakonstantinou, Malamas, Pasxalidis, Papazoglou, Ioannidis, Peridis, Savvopoulos, Karaindrou, Pyx Lax, Trypes , Aggelakas, Sidiropoulos, Thodorakis, Xarxakos, Hadjidakis, Xenakis.
Literature and Poetry: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nikos Kazantzakis, Nicolas Bouvier, Antoine de St.Exupery, Albert Cohen, Douglas Adams, Hermann Hesse, Jack Kerouac, Panait Istrati, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ohran Pamuk, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Julio Cartazar, Henry Miller, Pablo Neruda, Yiannis Ritsos, Nikos Kavvadias, Federico Gracia Lorca, Odysseas Elytis, Kostantinos Kavafis, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Jonathan Swift, Bertolt Brecht.
Philosophy and Science: Jean Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and the existentialist band. Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Diogenis and the ancient greek gang. Bernard Russel, Ludwig Wittgenstein and the analytic philosophy circus. Cornelius Castoriades, Noam Chomsky and the libertarian socialist dudes. Academic Heros : John Searle, Jon Elster, Samuel Bowles, Robin Hogarth.
Comics: Hugo Pratt, Jeff Smith, Réné Gosciny, Arkas, Christos Papadimitriou.
When I really grow up I want to become a director.
Cinema is the art of sculpting time(Andrei Tarkovski)
Action: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa) / Photography: Stalker(Andrei Tarkovski) / Science Fiction:The twelve monkeys(Terry Gilliam), Blade Runner(Ridley Scott) / Music : Pulp Fiction(Quentin Tarantino) / Poetic Outlook: An eternity and a Day(Theo Angelopoulos), In the mood for love(Wong Kar Wai)/ Literary Outlook: Jules et Jimes(Francois Truffaut),
Manhattan(Woody Allen)/ Theatrical Outlook: Det sjunde inseglet (Ingmar Bergman)/ Subtle Humor: Doctor Strangelove(Stanley Kubrick)/ Best Laugh:The party (Blake Edwards) /Scenario:
Fight Club (David Fincher)/ Poignant: Dogville(Lars Von Trier)
,One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Milos Forman), Clockwork Orange(Stanley Kubrick)/ Love Stories: Gegen Die Wand(Fatih Akin)
L'amour l'après midi(Eric Rohmer) / Low Budget: Au Bout De Souffle(Jean-Luc Godard), The White Meadows(Mohammad Rasoulof) /
Montage: Amores Perros(Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu), Irreversible (Gaspar Noe)/ Portrait of a country: Underground(Emir Kusturica)/
Portrait of a town: I Vitelloni (Federico Fellini)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
Teach, Learn, Share
Wanna Learn : , More Photography, Cinematography, Stream of Conciousness, History of Anything,new recipes, More Publishing, Stories, Farsi, Turkish, Arab, an african language, an asian language, an indigenous latin american language, Russian, agriculture.
Help others learn: Economics, Psychology, Science, Beekeeping, Photography, Greek, Some Free Diving, How to set up an online university, Publishing, Podcasts.
Future trips to share : Sicily by bike, Cephalonia by bike, Turkey´s Aegean cost, Greek Micronesias, Georgia and the Caucasus, Central America and Cuba, Albania, Montenegro and the Dalmatic coast, Sailing the Atlantic, Eastern Africa, Yemen, Iran, Northernmost Canada, Camino de Standiago, Roadtrip to American towns with Greek names, Siberian Wilderness, Norway and Svalbard,
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Greece, United States