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The most crucial objective of man is to expand his knowledge especially on his inner nature and generally the mystery of life. Then use it to improve the individual, society and nations. Knowledge means civilisation, when correctly used that is.
I studied biochemistry and worked as a chemistry teacher since 1987 except two years when I worked in France as a TEFL teacher. I travelled extensively in Europe, often with a camper van. I enjoyed meeting and interacting with people that that like free camping in nature and who find their joy in human companionship. We would gather dead wood from the surrounding forests and use it to light a fire cook or sit around it far into the night.
If you don't know the answer to a question then that question must be asked. Never be ashamed to ask questions.
The birth of science was the death of superstition
Science without virtue is something devious and unprofitable
Wise men have a homeland but wisdom has no homeland
The beautiful is not always good but the good is always beautiful
Honour the virtuous
Hatred does not retreat before hatred but rather before love
A harmful friend is called an enemy
Deception including self deception are always abundant in mankind, lies and more sweet lies
It takes all kinds of people to make the world
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
My first Flag Counter was lost after collecting 51 flags in three and and a half months. The current one was started on the 5th of December 2011.
I am offering a couch in my flat in Cyprus. It's very useful to meet people from other countries and cultures and see what their perspective on life is like, this broadens one's horizons.
Better take the slow boat rather than the airplane you will see a lot more places, meet a lot more people and learn a lot more things on the way
I began hosting in May 2010 and so far I served 366 requests:
115 from females traveling solo or in twos
123 from males traveling solo or in twos
99 from couples
31 from groups of three to six persons
I hosted for 603 nights, 584 unique surfers from 70 countries though below some regions of countries are also listed:
Argentina 2, Australia 9, Austria 13, Belarus 4, Belgium 15, Bosnia 1, Brasil 7, Bulgaria 1, Canada 7, Catalonia (ES) 1, Chechnya (Ru) 1, Chile 1, China 3, Colombia 2, Croatia 10, Cuba 1, Czech Republic 14, Denmark 4, Egypt 1, England (UK) 6, Estonia 5, Finland 2, France 47, Georgia 1, Germany 45, Greece 6, Hong Kong (CN) 2, Hungary 21, Iceland 2, India 2, Indonesia 2, Iran 1, Ireland 2, Israel 5, Italy 34, Japan 11, Kazakhstan 1, Latvia 3, Lebanon 1, Liechtenstein 1, Lithuania 22, Malaysia 2 Martinique (FR) 1, Macedonia 1, Mexico 2, Moldova 3, Mongolia 1, Montenegro 1, Morocco 1, Myanmar 1, Netherlands 15, New Zealand 2, Norway 2, Peru 1, Philippines 1, Poland 87, Portugal 4, Quebec (CA) 1, Romania 7, Russia 24, Scotland (UK) 1, Serbia 6, Singapore 3, Slovenia 7, South Africa 1, South Korea 4, Spain 19, Sweden 4, Switzerland 2, Taiwan 8, Turkey 1, Ukraine 7, USA 37, Vanuatu 1, Venezuela 2, Vietnam 2, Wales (UK) 1.
Hosted in 2010
20 - 21 May Patrick from the United States
25 - 27 May Constanza and Jennifer from Spain
8 - 12 June Jasmine from Hungary
16 - 17 June Evelina and Greta from Lithuania
19 June - 3 July Olga from Belarus/France
29 June - 4 July Neringa from Lithuania
6 - 8 July Clarity from the USA
3 - 4 and 12 -15 September Marcin from Poland 7 - 8 September Maximilian from Germany 10 - 12 September Jerick from the Philippines/USA 18 - 22 September Wilton and Paulo from Brasil 24 - 26 September Boris from Montenegro10 - 12 October Yana from Russia 12 - 13 October Jessica and Tom from the USA 18 - 20 October Juliette and Ariane from France 28 - 31 October Diana and Anita from Hungary 31 October - 2 November Sanja from Serbia 9 - 10 November Adil from Belgium 13 - 15 November JoEllen and Laura from the USA 23 - 24 November Christiane from Germany 27 - 28 November Lude from Martinique 28 - 30 November Rien and Jonna from the Netherlands 3 - 5 and 7 - 8 December Jeff from the USA 5 - 8 December Jack and Lorraine from the USA 7 - 8 December Christos from Greece Hosted in 2011January 201115 - 17 January Irina from Belarus and Gummi from Iceland 15 - 17 & 21 - 22 January Cindy from Vietnam/USA & Paul from Czech Rep. 22 - 23 January Tee from Singapore March 20118 - 11 March Alex and Oleg from Russia 9 - 11 and 12 - 13 March Antoine from France 16 - 17 March Sally from the USA 17 - 20 March Wayne from Vanuatu 25 - 28 March Ira from Germany 25 - 26 March Andreas from Germany 30 March - 2 April and 5 - 6 April Agnieszka and Ula from PolandMay 2011 19 - 20 May Joshua from Australia 21 - 22 May Stephane from France 23 - 27 May Judith and Pascal from Germany 28 - 30 May Iris and Joseph from Germany 30 - 31 May Reza from Iran June 2011 2 - 3 and 11 - 12 June Marco from Italy 2 - 3 and 6 - 7 June Orsolya from Hungary 3 - 5 June John from Canada 6 - 7 June Natasha from Moldova and Bethany from the USA 8 - 9 June Marie and Sebastien from France 11 - 13 and 20 - 21 June Damian from Ireland 12 - 13 June Marine and Joris from France 13 - 14 & 15 - 16 June Azahara & Cristina from Spain & Giulia from Italy 16 June - 2 July and 8 - 13 July Michelle from England 24 - 25 June Kerstin and Virpal from Sweden 29 June - 1 July Robert from Austria 30 June - 2 July Izo from RomaniaJuly 2011 5 - 7 July Roshni from the USA 7 - 9 July Maya from Lebanon and Benoit from France 10 - 11 July Anne and Gonzague from France12 - 14 July Roxanne from FranceSeptember 20112 - 3 September Katya from Russia 7 - 10 September Lucyle and Manu from France 7 - 10 September Ina from Poland and Chetan from India8 - 9 September Barbara from Germany 18 - 20 September Kinga and Adam, Magda and Pavel from Poland 20 - 21 September Nordihno from the Netherlands and Danny from Catalonia (ES) 20 - 21 September Michele from Italy 21 - 22 September An from Belgium and Danny from Israel 22 - 24 September David from the USA 23 - 24 September and 30 September - 1 October Henning from Hong Kong 23 - 25 September Luke from Australia 24 - 25 September Victorija from Lithuania and Kamil from Poland 28 - 29 September Alicja from Poland 28 - 29 September Monika from PolandOctober 20111 - 3 October Lida from Romania 3 - 5 October Laura and Daniele from Italy 8 - 10 October Alexei from Russia 15 - 16 October Greta and Milda from Lithuania AND 15 - 17 October Slavek from the Czech Republic and Abel from Spain 16 - 24 October Eva from Germany 20 - 22 and 23 - 24 October Sue and Les from the USA 24 - 26 October Olga from Belarus/France (2nd hosting) 28 - 30 October Joanne from New Zealand 29 - 31 October Evelyn and Jo from Belgium 30 - 31 October Iris from Belgium November 2011 5 - 7 November Asha and Adam from Poland 6 - 7 November Anna, Konrad and Pavel from Poland 7 - 8 November Jakob from Germany AND 7 - 9 November Pavel from Poland10 - 13 and 19 - 20 November Isa from France 16 - 17 November Tomasz from Poland 19 - 24 November Ivana from Croatia21 - 23 November Mareike and Stefan from GermanyDecember 20112 - 5 December Tin from Vietnam2 - 5 December Joakim from Germany 8 - 10 December and 4 - 5 January Craig from Australia AND8 - 11 December Will from Wales10 - 12 December Alejandro from Mexico10 - 12 December Adelin and Damien from Belgium12 - 14 December Aurelie from Quebec (CA) and Samuel from France13 - 15 and 16 - 17 December Pasquale from Italy15 - 16 December Daniel from the USA15 - 17 December Clement and Vincent from France18 - 20 December Noemie and Morgan from France19 - 22 December Charlotte and Martin from Austria 22 - 24 December Rolf from the Netherlands26 - 28 and 29 - 30 December Christian from Switzerland28 - 31 December Jana and Tim from Germany29 December - 1 January and 9 - 10 and 12 - 14 January Kim (Jeonghwan) from South KoreaHosted in 2012January 20121 - 3 January Lucyle and Romain from France2 - 7 January Mikel from Spain2 - 3 and 7 - 8 January Baptiste from France5 - 6 January Abby and Taylor from the USA8 - 10 January Leif from Austria13 - 19 January Jeff from the USA14 - 15 January Pierpaolo from Italy17 - 18 January Zag from Russia22 - 23 January Michal and Marcin from Poland25 - 28 January Julia and Mateusz from Poland25 - 28 January Lina from China28 - 29 January Samuel from BrazilFebruary 20121 - 3 and 10 - 11 February Gosha and Jean Jaques from Poland3 - 6 February Tasha from Russia and Dave from England5 - 6 February Jennifer from Venezuela10 - 12 February Aoi from Japan11 - 12 and 14 - 15 February Gala from Croatia and Jodie from England (UK)13 - 14 and 22 - 24 February Karolina and Kris from Poland17 - 19 and 20 - 21 February Esteban from Argentina18 - 19 February Paulina and Artur from Poland18 - 20 February Ursula from Germany19 - 21 February Valerie and Bruno from France20 - 22 February and 1 - 2 March Luisa from Germany22 - 23 February Pierre from France27 - 28 February Kate from the USA27 - 29 February Sisca and Dima from Indonesia28 - 29 February Arnas from LithuaniaMarch 20123 - 5 March Mayumi from Japan4 - 6 March Louise and Ludwig from the Netherlands10 - 14 March Leila from Morocco/France11 - 12 March Jeff from the USA (2nd Hosting)16 - 17 March Corrado, Marisa and Rafael from Belgium17 - 18 March Jana and Tim from Germany (2nd hosting)19 - 21 March Just from the Netherlands29 - 31 March Erin from Australia and Keith from IrelandApril 20121 - 3 April Ted from Taiwan/USA3 - 5 April Marija and Iva from Croatia5 - 7 April Linda and Francesco from Italy6 - 8 April Juan Sebastian from Colombia and Gian Marco from Italy6 - 8 April Michiko from Japan7 - 9 April Adam from Poland11 - 13 April Florence from France12 - 14 April Ania and Mary from Poland13 - 15 April Gibbaan from South Africa16 - 20 April Ola and Maciej from Poland17 - 19 April Anita and Joltan from Hungary26 - 29 April Anna, Ola and Magda from PolandMay 20121 - 2 May Cristina and Doris from Moldova3 - 7 May Azimut from Mexico and Norbert from Germany4 - 5 May Rita from Lithuania and Jakob from the Netherlands5 - 7 May Emilia and Yurek from Poland5 - 7 May Laurianne from France and Pietro from Italy6 - 7 May Kasia and Lukasz from Poland8 - 11 May Conami from Japan and Simon from Czech Republic10 - 11 May Maha and Thomas from Germany17 - 19 May Janos and Matyas from Hungary19 - 20 May Patrizia and Biagio from Italy19 - 20 May Piotr from Poland19 - 21 May Yulia from Ukraine, Joanna from Poland and Cem from Turkey21 - 23 May Antonia from Bulgaria, Dimitra from Greece, Lucia from Spain, Pauline from France, Asha and Adam from Poland23 - 24 May Agne and Agne from Lithuania27 - 28 May Andre from Canada30 May - 1 June German from Spain31 May - 1 June Wojciech and Krisiek from Poland31 May - 2 June Lars from GermanyJune 20122 - 4 June Mariola from Poland and Wadim from Kazakhstan2 - 5 June Jacek from Poland4 - 5 June Simone from the USA4 - 7 June Jan from Germany4 - 6 June Lina from Japan6 - 8 June Justyna and Tomasz from Poland7 - 8 June Kristian from Norway8 - 9 June Niki from South Korea11 - 13 June Farhana from the Netherlands, Gabriela from Venezuela, Hien from France, Katarzyna from Poland and Katerina from Ukraine 12 - 13 June Jennifer and Alex from Germany13 - 15 June Laura from Spain14 - 16 June Anthea from Singapore AND 14 - 15 June Sonia from Singapore15 - 16 June Itzi and Ruth from Spain 18 - 20 June Doortje and Burt from the Netherlands18 - 19 June Patrycja and Adam from Poland24 - 26 June Katrin from Iceland and Lisa from Austria28 - 30 June Stefanie and Kati from Estonia30 June - 2 July Cheri and Till from GermanyJuly 20121 - 3 July Kate from Belarus2 - 4 July Munkho from Mongolia5 - 6 July Silvia from Italy6 - 7 July Joanna from Denmark and Anthon from the USA8 - 10 July Andreja and Janez from Slovenia10 - 13 July Annemie from Belgium10 - 12 July Svetlana, Daria and Leo from Russia12 - 14 July Helene and Lucas from France16 - 18 July Danijel from MacedoniaSeptember 20123 - 5 September Bele and Jana from Germany7 - 10 September Elsa from Colombia8 - 10 September Arianna, Daisy and Alessandro from Italy13 - 14 September Nemanja from Serbia AND13 - 15 September Agnes and Gabor from Hungary17 - 18 September Georg from Germany19 - 24 September Daria and Vladimir from Latvia24 - 25 September Sara from Spain29 - 30 September and 5 - 6 October Kate from RussiaOctober 20121 - 4 October Jasmin and Benedikt from Germany3 - 5 October Nadia from Switzerland and Greg from Ukraine7 - 9 and 13 - 14 October Giorgos from Greece10 - 12 October Sheena from Taiwan14 - 16 October Marina from Russia16 - 17 October Audrey from the USA and Thomas from Germany17 - 19 October Marzia and Stefano from Italy19 - 21 October Shimo from Japan24 - 25 October Nikolai from Chile AND24 - 26 and 28 - 29 October April from China/USA27 - 28 October Marie from FranceNovember 20123 - 4 November Alexander from Russia4 - 7 November Christine and Jack from Canada5 - 7 November Victor from Liechtenstein and Daniel from Austria 20 - 21 November Valerie from Austria and Yaakov from Israel21 - 22 November Matteo from Italy AND21 - 23 November Alice from Taiwan22 - 23 November Dominyka from Lituania and Levente from Romania24 - 25 November Katherine and Tom from Australia24 - 25 November Vaida, Simona and Mindaugas from Lithuania25 - 27 November Kristyna from the Czech Republic26 - 27 November Carolien from Netherland26 - 27 November Pedro from PortugalDecember 20124 - 5 December Lulu from Australia, Nikkie and Nick from England5 - 7 and 8 - 10 December Gintare from Lithuania8 - 11 December Rebecca from Germany10 - 13 December Peter from Egypt16 - 18 December Luisa, Pedro and Claudia from Brasil18 - 20 December Lily and Vedran from Croatia23 - 24 December Hanno from Germany27 - 29 December Jono from Australia28 - 29 December Veronica from Cuba/Canada30 December - 2 January and 20 - 21 January Ross from the USAHosted in 2013January 20133 - 6 January Joonatan from Estonia8 - 9 January Jakub from Poland11 - 12 January Arthur from Brasil22 - 24 January Steve from the USA28 - 30 January Sebastiaan fron the Netherlands29 - 31 January Hanna from Finland30 January - 1 February Wynn from Myanmar/USAFebruary 20132 - 4 February Silvia and Diego from Italy and Elli from Germany8 - 9 February Toto from India8 - 9 February Bibiana and Ricardo from Spain and Jan from the Czech Republic10 - 12 February Stephanie from Hong Kong12 - 18 February Cendrine from Canada16 - 18 February Alexander from Russia (2nd hosting)20 - 22 February Samuel from Sweden21 - 22 February Christian from the USAMarch 20135 - 8 March Hemie from South Korea and Geir from Norway9 - 12 March Yusuke from Japan11 - 12 March Mathias and Casper from Denmark15 - 16 March Vasilis from Greece20 - 21 March Max from New Zealand25 - 26 March Michael from the USA25 - 28 March Tzu Yun, Yu Sheng and Yi Hsiang from Taiwan30 March - 1 April Nina from GermanyApril 20131 - 3 April Diana, Nuno and Miguel from Portugal2 - 3 April Kay from the Netherlands3 - 4 April Kinga and Klaudyna from Poland4 - 8 April Agata from Poland AND5 - 8 April Elzbieta from Poland6 - 7 April Daniel, Petra, Martina and Annetta from the Czech Republic10 - 11 April Maria Teresa from Italy14 - 15 April Francesca and Alessandro from Italy16 - 18 April Stefanie, Elke and Dave from AustriaCarolina and Sara from Italy18 - 19 April Colleen from the USA AND18 - 21 April Aaron from the USA and George from Hungary21 - 22 April Enrica from Italy AND21 - 22 and 24 - 25 April Clelia from Italy27 - 30 April Kasia and Tomek from Poland27 - 30 April Anita from Romania and Tomek from PolandMay 20131 - 2 May Francesco from Italy3 - 4 May Orestis from Greece6 - 7 May Barbara from Germany8 - 9 May Natalia and Artur from Poland 8 - 9 May Eszter and Daniella from Hungary8 - 9 May Damon from the USA10 - 12 May and 2 - 3 June Susi from Germany15 - 17 May Tarben from Germany28 - 30 May and 6 - 8 June Marta, Anna and Pavel from Poland30 May to 1 June Nenad from Serbia31 May - 1 June Odette and Matthew from the USAJune 20131 - 3 June Eszter and Ferenc from Hungary16 - 18 and 20 - 21 June Leigh from France23 - 25 June Sigrid from Austria24 - 26 June Joanna and Pavel from Poland27 - 29 June Marta and Mariusz from Poland28 - 29 June Sophie from CanadaJuly 201311 - 13 July Valentine and Julien from Belgium13 - 15 July Petra and Simon from Slovenia21 - 23 July Jana and Jana from the Czech Republic24 - 25 July Varvara from Ukraine and Barry from Canada25 - 26 July Lisolette from the Netherlands25 - 27 July Conor from Scotland26 - 28 July Andrew from AustraliaAugust 20134 - 7 and 11 - 12 August Fumika from Japan4 - 5 August Daria and Karolina from Poland5 - 6 August Camilla and Giacomo from Italy6 - 10 August Sara from Peru29 - 30 August Michal and Kasia from PolandSeptember 20135 - 9 September Elzbieta from Poland10 - 13 September Lena and Alexandra from Russia13 - 14 September Pierre, Romain and Pierre from France13 - 15 September Lei from China18 - 19 September Vojta from the Czech Republic AND18 - 19 and 25 - 26 September Vitaly from Russia19 - 21 September Rachel from the USA19 - 21 and 25 - 26 September Jacek from Poland 2nd hosting23 - 24 September Jack from Taiwan23 - 25 September Paulina and Kajman from the Czech Republic24 - 25 September Paul from the USA26 - 27 September Doris from Germany26 - 28 September Joanna and Bartosz from Poland27 - 28 September Ugne and Rokas from Lithuania29 September - 3 October and 4 - 5 October Etty from JapanOctober 201319 - 21 and 26 - 27 Mihael from Serbia21 - 22 Vitaly from Russia 2nd hosting27 - 30 Sha and Natasha from Malaysia30 October - 2 November Adrian, Anna, Yala and Asha from Poland30 October - 1 November and 4 - 5 November Maeva from FranceNovember 20132 - 4 November Anna, Maciek and Przemek3 - 7 November Kamile, Edita and Antanas from Lithuania5 - 7 November Rafal from Poland7 - 10 November Dmitri and Elena from Russia11 - 13 November Raul from Romania13 - 17 November Stefania from Italy26 - 28 November Justina from Lituania29 November - 1 December Marta from Italy
December 20135 - 6 December Tomas from Lithuania5 - 6 December Toto from India 2nd hosting6 - 8 and 12 - 13 December Maki from Japan7 - 8 December Aron from Hungary7 - 8 December Philipp from Germany7 - 9 December Alina and Ivan from Ukraine8 - 9 December Tibaut from France8 - 12 December Suwasang from Japan17 - 18 December Victor from Romania21- 22 December Tina and Margus from Estonia21 - 24 December Susan from Denmark23 - 24 and 27 - 28 December and 4 - 5 January Krystyna, Bogna and Stanislav from PolandJulia and Ilya from Russia and Marko from Slovemia
Gardening, swimming, travelling and meeting/studying new cultures, trekking and camping in nature, films, music, psychology, history, politics.
January 20146 - 8 and 25 - 27 January Kristian from Finland9 - 11 January Anna from Sweden14 - 15 January Adonis from Chechnya (Ru)16 - 18 January Wooyeong from South Korea and Victor from Romania17 - 18 January Tanya and Dima from Russia18 - 20 January Agnes from Hungary22 - 23 January Samantha from the USA25 - 26 January Alina from Russia and Tamas from Hungary31 January to 2 February Lovely from FranceFebruary 20141 - 3 February Theresa and Andreas from Austria2 - 3 February Chia-Ling from Taiwan11 - 13 February Mark from England13 - 14 February Lena from Belarus14 - 18 February Jeanne, Lea and Victor from France15 - 16 February Ralf from Germany22 - 23 and 27 - 28 February Betty from Taiwan24 - 26 February Cristina, Deivid and Carlos from SpainMarch 20144 - 5 March Levan from Georgia7 - 9 and 27 - 28 March Vera from Germany9 - 11 and 15 - 16 March Marina from Argentina and Ola from Poland11 - 13 March Peter from Hungary15 - 16 March Julie and Frederik from Belgium16 - 17 March Eirini from Greece and Brandon from USA28 - 29 March Elena and Javier from SpainApril 20141 - 5 April Agnes and Judit from Hungary2 - 3 April Deborah from the USA3 - 4 April Kristof from Hungary6 - 7 April Garance and Clair from France6 - 7 April Vered and Avigail from Israel7 - 12 April Sandra from Latvia9 - 11 April Viktor from Ukraine9 - 11 April Alexandra and Viktor from Serbia15 - 16 April Fabian from Germany18 - 19 April Natacha from France19 - 20 Fabien from France19 - 20 April Maja, Ivona, Maja, Marko and Sasa from CroatiaMay 2014
Music, Movies, and Books
I like many kinds of music but particularly Latin American and 1960's pop music. For films: Scarface, Gladiator, Forest Gump, The green mile, Requiem for a dream, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Jean de Florette, The wizard of Oz, Gone with the wind
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
During the October 1987 hurricane storm in London I was caught out driving. It was early morning about 3 am, there were quite a few objects eg large waste bins flying around at high speed, scaffolding on some buildings had collapsed and large tree branches were being snapped. I kept driving, though I was thinking the car would get turned over or hit by something heavy, and fortunately reached my destination safely. And then in the car park a sudden gust of wind slammed open a front van door that wasn't properly closed. Had I been just one meter ahead at the time I would have got a powerful knock in the face and body and be seriously injured or perhaps even killed. It's only through good luck I wasn't added to the many casualties.
Teach, Learn, Share
Chemistry if you wish, or my experiences in travelling with a camper van and doing wild camping, I spent a sum total of 18 months over the years doing this. I also have a lot of experience and knowledge regarding dieting (for weight loss) because I studied the subject as a biochemist and went on diets myself many times. “You can’t control the things that happen to you but you can control the way you react to them. It’s all perception.” From the film: You Again (2010) Don't be afraid to dream
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Cyprus, France, United Kingdom