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I am Mägi.
(and I have an out of date profile that I'll try to polish up soon --- hosting in Astoria at the moment 4/18)
Currently I'm in Ukraine. I spend my days cuddling babies at the hospital and busking in the city centre to fund weekend wanderings.
I'm not the greatest at staying in one place for long and forget names very quickly. I am the sort-of-greatest at skittering, not driving cars ever, and cracking folks open (sometimes - it's never on the agenda).
I document life each day in words and photographs.
I like strolls and places where I can pick up a routine and a rhythm and go with it.
I enjoy connection with folks who are keen on creating and self awareness. I relish being wrong and learning from that. I look out for an opportunity to grow in each situation.
Buckwheat (gretchka!) is something I consume most frequently. Usually have a small sack of it in my pack along with a small spoon. I'm pretty satisfied on my ownsome but appreciate company.
Places traveled: http://tinyurl.com/mv4shcm (blog post- sorts them by year)
Homes: http://tinyurl.com/n7xhgzn (where I've called home - also on the blog)
Live life without expectations.
Find something to be passionate about.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Connecting. Stories. Surfing. Have Hosted (but right now, just not possible).
Probably one of my favourite Couchsurfing moments was way out in the middle-of-nowhere-Russia when my hosts took me to the next village to visit their friends and banya (bath). I have to admit I was pretty surprised to find myself naked and being beaten with birch branches by my host ("Russian massage"). I felt so clean and good afterwards! They dressed me in traditional Russian clothing and then I learned how to make little cloth dolls.
Photography (always have my camera), curling, public transportation, partner dancing, cello (and nose flute, uke, piano, etc), badminton, languages (German, Swiss German, French, and mega-limited Spanish, Italian, Scot Gaelic), walking for days, organizing, cycling, traveling, meeting folks, melting things, sense of smell, exploring textures, trying to get lost and discovering.
Music, Movies, and Books
- Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 (Organ Symphony) by Camille Saint-Saëns
- The Planets, Op. 32: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity by Gustav Holst
- First Gymnopédie by Erik Satie
Classical, folk, old time, jangle pop, indie (whatever that is), contra, Scottish, gypsy (Roma) dub-rock, blues, jazz... I like tunes that are melodic with key changes. I'm also a sucker for catchy hooks.
Yes. I read books.
I'm not so great at film watching. I know I liked:
"The Cruise" - documentary w/ Timothy "Speed" Levitch
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I get thrilled in those click moments where two folks just "get" each other. It doesn't always happen but when it does, it's oh so sweet.
Kayaking in the fjords of Norway. Riding on the back of a Vespa in the Swiss alps. Snuggling babies in Ukraine. Being beaten in the Russian banya (sauna) with birch branches. Biking around rural Romania and street-side traditional dance parties. Riding a tractor around the sunflower fields of Serbia. Dog sledding and ice fishing in Alaska.
Life's pretty incredible, eh?
Teach, Learn, Share
Cello and expert skittering. Dancing (blues, clogging, square, ballroom...)
I'm interested in learning Russian, Ukrainian, Scot Gaelic, and Dutch at this moment as well as improving my Spanish.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States