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I like to host and be hosted :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
What is traveling?
For me it’s a sort of a reset button. Getting out of the everyday hamster wheel so you would again feel as a child. Feel the world instead of just reciting poems that you’ve already heard & memorised.
While traveling, I feel as if I’m taking a shower from the mundane. As soon as the vehicle of my choice starts the engine and begins moving I feel that for that brief moment of the trip, of this motion, all of my depressions and even problems are left behind. Unfortunetly, they crawl back eventually but the farther you go, the harder it is for them to catch up with you.
Furthermore, it’s such a humbling experience. Especially if you’re backpacking and hitchhiking. You can’t really demand a car to stop for you and take you anywhere you wanna go, like a taxi. No, you can only believe. Believe for the car to stop. Believe that the driver will be nice enough to take you at least in the direction where you want to go. And be thankful. And be grateful for what you get.
What if your coach surfing? Or just staying with random people that you met on the way? Its such a sensitive experience on privacy as well. Because you have to be in tune with the host, often from a different country and culture than you; empathy levels truly go high in such times. You feel yourself and your boundaries better as well as those of other people. Perhaps its even a time for expanding them a bit and opening up.
While travelling people are usually more honest. You don’t really experience any consequences if you open up about the life you left to the people you just met and most likely will not meet again. Its liberating and therapeutic, in my opinion. And usually, at least from my experience, you get to see that people all over the world are good.
Also, you’re truly here and now. New places and experiences, resurrect the world lust in you, that childish awe and appreciation. Life is but a fleeting moment. You know this will be over soon. And the only thing you can really do about it, is be present and enjoy. Not to mention that traveling often can be daunting yet the problems that you face are immediate and single-layered, so overcoming them leads to a feeling of satisfaction and ease of mind.
What is hosting?
Its the other side of the coin, really. You get to travel again, yet staying in your own home. However, while presenting it to other people, who’d never been here before, you too, surprisingly feel as a tourist and get to appreciate those old blocks and boring murals as if for a first time. Even discovering things you haven’t noticed before. And taking pride, in your own culture and history. Also, what is honestly better in life when giving without expecting a return? A cup of ice-cream maybe. But really, if traveling is a shower for your mind then hosting definitely cleanses your heart.
I am a huge graphic novel geek, and literature in general. I love psychology, sociology, fiction (of course)--- but it has to do a lot with human psychology :D I love to learn languages even though I only know two properly--- but I have basics in several more, just sort of abandoned them.
I love analogue photography- I own a chunky Kiev film camera that I drag around with me whenever I travel.
Sometimes I dance, and humming is an often hobby of mine.
And of course I love travelling- I feel as if it "washes away the dust of everyday life". Its like life without karma- you escape it for a little while, you have enough space to evaluate what you left behind more objectively and to experience the present wholeheartedly.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I can make some lovely analogue photos of them.
Countries I’ve Visited
Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In