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I've stopped being a missionary. Just being with what is.
Man, 29½ yrs (oh oh), always lived in Copenhagen, Denmark, but travelled a lot, some of my greatest experiences being Iceland!!! Mali!!!! But also just taking the bus down to wonderful Berlin!
My pianoteacher said something today that describes me really well: "You're the kind of guy who has to love what you play or you can't play it at all. But when you find something you love - boy, can you play!"
So... what do I love? Aikido training (still a beginner, but this art of peace really fills me with strength and inner meaning). Music - playing music on the double bass, guitar, piano - writing songs, singing them - listening to musical masters like Habib Koité, Tom Waits, Salif Keita, Angela Hewitt, Keith Jarrett, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Toumani Diabaté, Johann Sebastian Bach, Beatles. Watching films that touch my heart like the one I saw the other day: "In America" by Jim Sheridan. One of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. Writing, creating stories, make characters come to life. Being challenged. Listening to the Danish radio where people talk low and calm, contemplating the mysteries of life. Travelling, being set free from the chains of expectation and diving into the unknown. I am a social hermit. I love my friends, to be with them, to go crazy, to go deep. But also I love the solitude, walking by the ocean, listening to the breeze and all that stuff, which very easily sounds like a bad contact ad :-)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am a complete surfer virgin, I just recently heard about the project from a friend of mine at the Aikido Club. I have always practised couch surfing with my friends, so it seems like a great idea to make it world wide!
Well... see above.
- scuba diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Music from Mali: Salif Keita: "Moffou". Habib Koité: "Ma Ya" (and everything else...) Ali Farka Touré: "Savane" Toumani Diabaté Symmetric Orchestra: "Boulevard de l'Independance". I am currently reading the diary of Mungo Park, the Scottish explorer who was one of the first white men to come to Mali (1795), and it is amazing to experience the humour and the richness of detail with which he describes the strange cultures he encounters, all the while he is steeped in the absurd, colonial ideas of his time. As we are caught in the ideas of our time. One of the greatest books I have ever read is Melville's "Moby Dick". It is full of flaws and tedious passages mixed with divine peaks and tall tales - just like life itself.