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Since I won´t be able to travel a lot while working on my PhD, I´m looking forward to people bringing the world to me.
Impression of my flatshare:
My shoe rack: brightly coloured sneakers, doc marten´s, ballet flats, flipflops left over from my 3 years in Australia, New Zealand and Egypt, workboots, pumps, bike shoes, indoor trainers, hiking boots, cleats
My bedroom: loads of bookshelves (filled with historic novels, specialist books on linguistics, chick lit, poetry); students' assignments that should have been marked a week ago, plenty of half empty coffee mugs, choir sheet music and band lyrics on my desk; jeans, t-shirts, wooly socks and a trampolining leotard scattered on the armchair, a guitar that´s waiting to be played again...
Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
If you don´t mind sleeping on an air mattress in my tiny rooms in Karlsruhe (on the weekends) and Heidelberg (during the week), you´re welcome to stay for a night or two.
Have surfed a couple of couches in NZ so far, and all of them were an awesome experience (someone even hosted me over Christmas)! Looking forward to giving back.
Meeting people, trampolining, volunteer work at a sports club, reading, singing in a band and a choir. Hoping to get back into Ultimate Frisbee and riding my bike again after an injury that´s been dragging on...
As a former "Society and Environment" school teacher, I care about the environment and I´m trying to do my bit by being conscious about what kinds of food I consume.
Teach, Learn, Share
"Mulled Wine Day" ("Glühdonnerstag") is celebrated on the first Thursday of November, by drinking mulled wine in a bathrobe on the balcony with your friends.
This "holiday" was created by my old flatmates in Karlsruhe: When I was away in England for a term abroad, they spontaneously told the Swiss guy who was staying in my room at the time that the reason they were drinking mulled wine in their bathrobes on the kitchen balcony was "Mulled Wine Day", a German holiday celebrated on the first Thursday of November.
Gregoire believed it, and ever since 2003 a growing crowd in Karlsruhe has been celebrating "Mulled Wine Day"...
If you come couchsurfing at my place at the beginning of November, make sure to bring a bathrobe. (Or you can borrow one of mine; I own 3.)
What I Can Share with Hosts
As a qualified German and English languages teacher, I´m always happy to help with any language-related questions.
We can trade favourite poems.
If you´re staying at mine on a Sunday, you could join the trampolining group that I coach. I´m always up for a hike in the Black Forest.
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom