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Overview

  • 33 references 23 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Japanese, Nepali, Turkish
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • University extension
  • Humanist
  • From Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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About Me

SURFERS NOTE: I don't accept generic requests. My idea of couchsurfing is to meet interesting people, not to offer a free accommodation to anybody who arrives tomorrow night and leaves on the next morning. Please ask at least 1 week in advance.

I like language(s), sustainability, housing cooperatives, cooking, politics, books, the color green, and a couple of other things. What I do for a living is course management at VHS Zurich. I enjoy talking about things rather than talking about people, although I am quite sociable. I am always interested in learning new things and getting in contact with people from other cultures and subcultures.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

In the beginning I think I simply liked Couchsurfing because it was cheap and exciting. I still do! Meantime I also got into a bit into alternative economies, especially into commoning and cooperatives, so now there is a bit more theoretical background to it.

Interests

  • culture
  • books
  • literature
  • cooking
  • hiking
  • languages
  • food
  • cinema
  • linguistics
  • ecological lifestyle
  • sustainability
  • games
  • research
  • housing
  • snowboard
  • dadaism
  • cooperatives
  • dulcimer
  • conlanging
  • commons
  • philosophy of science

Music, Movies, and Books

Ah, there are so many. Here are some.

Music:
Gwenno, Bendith, Curdin Nicolay, Sonalp, Christian Zehnder, PJ Harvey, Meredith Monk, Björk, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Rós, Misia, Stranglers, Múm, Gry, Sainkho...

Movies:
Philipps: Joker, Hu: 大象席地而坐, Scorsese: Silence, Schønau: The Art of Crying, Steinbichler: Hierankl, Lucas: Star Wars, Penn: Little Big Man, Ozon: Swimming Pool, Cronenberg: eXistenZ, Kubrick: Space Odyssey 2001, Kurosawa: 羅生門, Imamura: うなぎ, Tarkovskij: Lunaris, Cameron: Alien II, Tykwer: Lola rennt, Kunuk: Atanarjuat, Oshii: 攻殻機動隊, Yimou: 大红灯笼高高挂, Monty Python: The Meaning of Life, Frears: My Beautiful Laundrette, Almodóvar: Todo sobre mi madre, Ozon: 8 femmes, Chabrol: Au cœur du mensonge, Dresen: Halbe Treppe, von Trier: Dancer in the Dark, Burton: Big Fish, Haneke: Die Klavierspielerin, Ozpetek: Il Bagno Turco...

Books:
Tanpınar: Saatleri Ayarlama Enstitüsü, Moore: Watchmen, Saramago: Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest, Mercier: Nachtzug nach Lissabon, Gaddis: The Recognitions, Kehlmann: Die Vermessung der Welt, Pears: In a Land of Plenty, Pamuk: Benim Adım Kırmızı, Rowling: Harry Potter, Süskind: Die Taube, Queneau: Exercices de style, Jandl: lechts und rinks, Ball: Die Flucht aus der Zeit, Wittgenstein: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Ende: Der Spiegel im Spiegel, Pullman: His Dark Materials, Tezuka: アドルフに告ぐ, Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings, Houellebecq: Les Particulaires Élémentaires, Darrieusecq: Truismes, Murakami: カンガルー日和, Abe: 砂の女, Handke: Die Hornissen, Calvino: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Ach, verschiedenes. Still being in love after 20 years.

Teach, Learn, Share

I don't think there are a lot of things that can be thoroughly learned during a short trip abroad. Languages or rather pieces of languages are one such thing (I have some in store, see above, and I like to learn new ones). I can also teach you how to cook some dishes - Bavarian, Swiss, Japanese, Nepali...
I know some things about Zurich, so I can show you around and tell you a bit about the city's history. If you like to delve in a bit deeper, I can offer focus tours on cooperative housing, bathing culture, and food.

What I Can Share with Hosts

See above and interests

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Japan, Switzerland

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