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First of all, I am Sagittarius and I do believe that my love to travel is due to my zodiac sign. Almost nothing can dampen my spirit. I learn so much while on my travels. I will now try to explain how I enjoy to travel.
I am a mixture between a traveler and a tourist. I really like all sort of places and I can get dirty, wet, muddy, and cold if that’s the way to reach a place. Basically I pay attention to everything that is surrounding me from the pave of the streets to the abandoned buildings and factories to the nature, science and art museums. I like to do my own research and select the places and activities to do even if that cost me precious time. I often do a list(mark spots on the map) what I like to visit as I do not have enough time to see everything but at the same time I always leave some spare time to wander around. Sometimes I do spontaneous decisions were to eat. Sometimes I am asking for a local advice or read recommendations.
I use and enjoy all type of transport! In my everyday life when in my home city I prefer to walk or take the metro or a public bus instead of using my own car - to reduce the carbon emissions, to try to keep the air which I and all the other people breath and to save that non-renewable fuel for a road trip. I like driving but I am trying to minimize the use of my car when I have an alternative.
I get a lot of joy travelling by train. The sensation of the old time travel and landscape views is mixed with the ease of quick boarding and arrival right in the centre of the cities. I am even collecting books for trains and railway systems.
I used to hitchhike before, when I had more spare time. Now this will happen in probably let’s say emergency situations. All my hitchhike experience was funny and positive though. Which is great.
I also like riding a bike. As I usually trek and hike in the mountains I am riding bike in more urban areas and that’s why I have road bike. I like the classic/vintage road bikes, with the narrow frames. Not really a fan of the new thick aluminum/carbon frames, even if they may perform better.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To meet people from who I can learn and teach things to. I love listening to people’s stories and the most real ones are those narrated in first person.
I love many things, but get frustrated that there's not enough time in the day to do it all. Too bad we humans need sleep. I will try to keep it short.
I like arts, most sciences (in particular: geography, ecology, chemistry, psychology); music production, acoustics and field recording; design, psychedelics, marketing, business ethics, business planning, graffiti, spirituality, internet and technologies, body languages, maps and guidebooks.
When I cook, I like to prepare the food with love and passion. In other words I like gourmet. I drink wines and dark beers; sometimes liqueurs. Least often I drink strong beverages like vodka and whiskey.
I'm obsessed with photography. I like both film and digital photography. I started with now obsolete film camera (Praktica) but now I am into the world of digital photography.
As activities I like Camping, Caving, Trekking and Hiking; Swimming; Cycling; Table tennis
I used to collect coins when I was younger. I am still keeping my collection and I separate the shiniest coins when travelling abroad, just to fill in the collection. But I am not looking for fresh coins and I do not exchange coins with others like before.
- performing arts
- table tennis
Music, Movies, and Books
My taste in music is somewhat eclectic.I can talk for music for hours. I do enjoy classical and modern music, and modern classical too. I like electronic music, instrumental music and music with vocals.
If you want to be more specific I will mention the following genres (in no particular order), however just as each one of us has a direct relationship with the favorite song and not the singer, I love the artist/song and not the genre it is related to.
Modern Classical or Neoclassical or contemporary classical you name it /often soundtrack music in which I also like as it adds so much atmosphere/ (example artists: Max Richter, Philip Glass, Ludovico Einaudi, Steve Reich, Arvo Part, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds, Sylvain Chauveau, Kronos Quartet, Hans Zimmer, Philip Glass, Johann Johannsson, Goldmund, Hauschka, Nils Frahm, Zbigniew Preisner, Dustin O'Halloran, Dmitri Shostakovich, Dario Marianelli, Sergei Prokofiev, Clogs, Eleni Karaindrou, Erik Satie, Yann Tiersen, Ennio Morricone, Alexandre Desplat )
Intelligent Soft and Melodic Dubstep (example artists: Mount Kimbie, Clubroot, DFRNT, Burial, Scuba, Darkstar, Phaeleh, Eskmo, Martyn, Kryptic Minds, Benga, Zomby, Boxcutter, Mt Eden, 2562, Kode 9, SBTRKT, Loefah, Headhunter, Ruckspin,)
Trip-hop (example artists: Massive attack, Portishead, Lamb, Tricky, Bjork, Hooverphonic, Unkle, Chinese man, DJ Shadow, Moloko, Bonobo, Sneaker Pimps, Morcheeba, Thievery Corporation, Nightmares On Wax, DJ Krush, RJD2, Goldfrapp, Kosheen, Zero 7, Martina Topley-Bird, Emancipator, Waldeck, TÃ©lÃ©popmusik, Amon Tobin, Flunk, Halou, Saltillo, Bitter:Sweet, Elsiane, Red Snapper, Smoke City, Sofa Surfers, Gus Gus, Emilie Simon, Belleruche, Coldcut, Mr. Scruff, Anja Garbarek, Stateless, Air, Yonderboi, EmilÃana Torrini, Laika, Tosca, Sia, DJ Food, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Nitin Sawhney, Prefuse 73)
Psychedelic rock and shoegaze (example artists: Pink Floyd, The Doors, Syd Barrett, Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix, Ozric Tentacles, Spacemen 3, Can, Frank Zappa)
A bit of psychedelic and progressive trance (example artists: Shpongle, Hallucinogen, Prometheus, Cosma, Ace Ventura, Tristan, Flowjob, AMD, Atmos, Gaudium, Logic Bomb, Man With No Name, Pleiadians, Protoculture, Sensient, Star Sound Orchestra, The Delta, X-dream, Transwave)
Ambient, chill out music: Solar Fields, Aes Dana, H.U.V.A. Network, Sync24, Cell, Asura, Hol Baumann, Androcell, Empusae, Tripswitch, Entheogenic, Ott, Shulman, Younger Brother, Phutureprimitive, Ishq, Bluetech, Biosphere, Toires, Makyo, Celtic Cross, Abakus, Field Rotation, Galaxy, Kaya Project, Solar Quest, Banco De Gaia, Adham Shaikh, Ten Madison, Kukan Dub Lagan, Subheim, M-Sphere, Anahata, Steve Roach, Stress Assassin, Gaudi, Warp Technique
Classic Rock (example artists: David Bowie, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, The Beach Boys)
Post-rock (example artists: Sigur Ros, God Is an Astronaut, mum)
Instrumental (The Flashbulb, Clint Mansell, Jean-Michel Jarre)
Some other artist deserving attention: Wolfsheim, Austra, New Order, Fever Ray, Gil Scott-Heron, Miles Davies, Herbie Hancock
Electroclash (Ladytron, Miss Kittin, Tiga, The Knife, Peaches)
Indie (example artists: Arctic Monkeys, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Interpol, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beirut, The xx, Wilco, Kasabian, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Blur, Editors, MGMT, Pixies, Kings Of Convenience, Blonde Redhead, Animal Collective, Radiohead, Lykke Li, Beck, Regina Spektor, Patrick Wolf, Bat For Lashes, The Stone Roses, Minus the Bear, Peter Bjorn And John)
Liquid drum and bass: London Elektricity, Netsky, High Contrast, Logistics, Nu:Tone, Commix, Calibre, E-Z Rollers, Denius
General electronic artists such as: Kraftwerk, Underworld, Orbital, Leftfield, Plaid, Boards of Canada, Royksopp
Classic Blue note and Columbia jazz records as well as avant-garde ECM productions.
I guess this should be enough for the music.
I prefer movies which tell about real-life stories. I like drama, romance, documentary, thriller, war, crime, mystery, animation, adventure and from time to time comedy and western movies.
Example: The Fountain; WALL-E; Princess Mononoke; Ratatouille, Ice Age, Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Closer, Baraka, Samsara, The Lives of Others, An Education, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Dogville, Home, Irreversible, Fish Tank, Lilya 4-ever, Reservoir Dogs, City of God, Trainspotting, Black Swan, Never Let Me Go, Ghost in the Shell, The Godfather, The Notebook, Vozvrashcheniye, The Banishment, Coco Before Chanel, The King's Speech, A Beautiful Mind, The Pianist, Pi, I've Loved You So Long, A Good Year, RocknRolla, Amelie Poulain, Lost in Translation, Requiem for a Dream, The Beach, Fight Club, Cache, Vertigo, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Blood Diamond, Run Lola Run, The Usual Suspects, Leon, 99 Francs, Schindler's List, The Pianist, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The little Prince, Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco
Does staring at maps counts as reading?
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I crossed a frozen lake.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In