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To deviate from the plateau and forget halcyon happiness (or to keep learning and stay happy)
I was born travelling. Apparently I'd seen fifteen different countries before I was six months old, although the memories are a little vague! I was born in Germany (beautiful Freiburg) and grew up there, in Belgium, England and the States. I was one of those kids on school trips that never got homesick. There's a German word I love called "fernweh". It kind of translates to a longing for a distant place. I've always been more prone to that than homesickness. After school I worked and travelled Europe in the summers. Then I packed up and left and was gone for three years. The last year and half I've been in Berlin. I live with Raoul, one of the greatest and wildest guys I met along the way, and am studying carpentry.
"so long and take it easy, for if you start taking things seriously, it'll be the end of you"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've mostly surfed, having discovered couchsurfing on my travels, but since Raoul and I moved into our flat we've hosted our first few guests and really enjoyed it.
I'm starting a carpentry apprenticeship this year and have the idea to one day buy some huge run down building in the green somewhere and spend a few years rebuilding it, having people pass through, stay a while, help out, party, enjoy the countryside and generally create some kind of couchsurfing commune full of unique transitory people with lots of laughter, good food, wine, beer, music, animals running around and a'course some building work going on too.
I´ve surfed a good number of times in my travels and met many great and generous people. Our surfers here have been great too, some have stayed and become very good friends and part of our Berlin family.
Stories!!! I love reading them, listening to them, watching them, writing them. I read as much as I can, I listen to music endlessly, and I spend hours in front of my laptop tip-tapping away and teasing out tales. I would like to develop my spoken word writing (poems and songs and such) so that I can compete in some poetry slams. Beyond that I love to cook, especially for a big group of hungry people. I love meeting people, particularly people that surprise and put smiles on faces. I also like to sleep and swim. And one day, one day!!!, I will learn to play the drums!
- spoken word
Music, Movies, and Books
I listen to all kinds of music and I listen to a lot. I love reading and I enjoy watching films. I used to have a huge long list of books, bands, films on here but I decided to narrow it down...
Some of my longstanding favourites are: The National, Velvet Underground, Modest Mouse, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, The Strokes, Dinah Washington, Chet Baker and Neil Young
There's been a few films recently that I really enjoyed, such as Frank and Calvary. Some of my favourite films that I've seen multiple times include: In The Loop, A Prophet, Layer Cake, Into The Wild, Annie Hall, In Bruges, Leaving Las Vegas, Lars and the Real Girl, The Big Lebowski and The "Before" Trilogy.
My favourite author is Roberto Bolano. It used to be F Scott Fitzgerald. I love anything written by them. I read Douglas Adams annually because it's good for the soul. I've read On The Road more times than any other book (after Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy). Michael Chabon has fantastic style. As does (did) Hunter S Thompson. I also admired Blood Meridian, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Quiet American, Lolita, Never Let Me Go and Hardboiled Wonderland and the End Of The Universe.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The two blockbuster highlights were a 1500km helicopter hitch across the Australian outback and a volunteering project in New Zealand with dolphins and orcas.
But my highlight would be a smaller quieter moment. I did a lot of hitching and sleeping on the side of the road during my travels and I remember one particular hitch from Sydney to Melbourne, leaving late and riding out to the outskirts by train deeper and deeper into the ugliest blackest wettest storm. My mood sunk and the last place I wanted to be was the side of the road. The train took me just ahead of the storm but I knew it was headed my way. I stuck out my thumb, restless and impatient, eager to be picked up quickly. I actually didn´t have to wait too long before a girl picked me up and drove me 60km or so, but from there it was tough, and a few scattered rides got me nowhere. Night and storm blackened the sky above me. My last ride dropped me under a bridge with the rain already coming down hard, lightning flashing and thunder rumbling. I stood there trying to hitch but knowing no one would take me. No one picks up ragged strangers in the night. So I sat there, Radiohead - Codex playing on my ipod, bringing a spooky dreamy feeling to the stream of lights and the rush of cars and trucks. I decided to sleep there until the morning and carry on hitching then. Between the two directions on the highway, under the bridge, was a sliver of grass. I pitched my tent there and "slept" the night, trucks thundering past either side of me. I should have been down. But I wasn´t. I felt unbeatable.
Teach, Learn, Share
I swim pretty often, I'd be happy to take anyone along. I can show you some obscure corners of the city. The odd abandoned building here or there. The ever wonderful Templehof. My favourite cafes and bars. Raoul and I have a great group of friends that you would be bound to meet and fall in love with.
What I Can Share with Hosts
a story or two and a nice meal
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, United States