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Seeing the world
Im friendly, sensitive, well travelled and adventurous. I started travelling as a baby, and Ive been living abroad the last few years in cultures very different from my own, mostly for furthering my university studies. Although friendly, I am also somewhat shy and serious minded. I love to travel in order to learn about the cultures I am visiting, and it helps me to better understand the international situation.
There is a paraphrase of Immanuel Kant's Golden Rule which might read, 'Treat all people, either yourself or others, as an end and never merely as a means', which is a good ideal to aim towards since I feel that our society, particularly in the West, has lost sight of such values.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Id like to help people out and make friends with them when they visit, and when I can I'd like to host people. I have hosted people in my home whom I had met while travelling, and it was a great experience. For example, I hosted a German girl I met when travelling in Germany when she later visited my country, even though I was living then in the university residence, and I also hosted an Australian girl I met when we were both travelling and she later visited me. When I've travelled, local friends I've made have also hosted me in their homes. This happened for example in Mexico, China, southeast Asia and the Middle East. I grew up as a traveller, so I was having this experience long before I learned about the Couchsurfing site. For instance, Mum and I were hosted by local people when travelling when I was growing up.
I have hosted people in the past whom I met when travelling, and have sometimes been invited to the homes of local people as well, but this was spontaneous; I've had this experience since childhood when travelling with my family. After finding out about CS while living abroad, I have participated that way as well.
Travel, reading, writing, hiking, cycling, ancient history. I am presently writing a book and screenplay which is one reason I've been recently living in certain regions of the world.
- study abroad
Music, Movies, and Books
I like books by Simon Scarrow, Conn Iggulden and Nelson DeMille. Tony Barrett (my former professor) including his "Caligula: The Corruption of Power". I like both classical music and rock and heavy metal. I read extensively, I love music and am musical myself, and I am also quite interested in film.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Being stranded at an oil rig in the Arabian desert when the bus caught on fire. Having the Arabian desert hotel site in which I was a manager being overrun by scorpions and then also by snakes following a flood. Overland travel between Thailand, via China and through Central Asia to the Middle East and then on to the UK via continental Europe
Teach, Learn, Share
So many things which Ive learned from extensive travel and university studies, reading, and mixing with people, that Id love to share. I can certainly give advice on how to travel overland between various countries and continents, particularly in the Old World continent complex, how to travel low budget, how to work and study abroad in various locations, and other travel advice.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'd be happy to share with them some of my travel adventure stories. I love to talk about different ideas, cultures and philosophies.
I actually get more out of CS from having it for meeting people and making friends at CS events and in the day.
UNTIL THIS IS RESOLVED if the reference FROM HANZ is misunderstood, PLEASE REFER TO MY COUNTER-REFERENCE ON HANZ'S PROFILE WHICH I WROTE EVEN BEFORE BEING ABLE TO READ HIS OWN REFERENCE (and EVERY SINGLE THING he wrote on his reference for me is ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE and was written only out of desire to HURT AND ABUSE me). I recently had a bad experience with this abusive host, Hanz, who made me feel unsafe and threatened assault; according to his son, the man had also abused his mother all of the son's life. For this reason, I am not right now comfortable with future overnight hosting experiences, but I am a friendly person and can meet up with people.
Countries I’ve Visited
American Samoa, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guam, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Qatar, Samoa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, China, England, Italy, Japan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates