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to follow my curiosity anywhere it takes me, to experience and explore everything I’m interested in
I'm a kind, cheerful and emphatic person. I like change, learning and experimenting because they make life more interesting and exciting for me. I love animals. I like making pretty things. Sometimes I talk a lot and ask many questions. I like deep and honest conversations. I speak my mind and I like the people who do the same even if our opinions differ. I try to embrace disagreement as a way of learning new ideas and reexamining my own.
I believe that joy and excitement are the inner guides that lead us to good decisions and a good life.
"Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
― Brené Brown
I like Hellen Keller's: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Mark Twain's: (it goes something like this) Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do then by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover..."
I resonate with the description of bohemians I found in another csurfer's profile (except for the drug use thing): "Bohemianism refers to the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, involving musical, artistic or literary pursuits, with few permanent ties. Bohemians can be wanderers, adventurers, or vagabonds.
Bohemians were associated with unorthodox or anti-establishment political or social viewpoints, which were often expressed through free love, alcohol and drug use, frugality and/or voluntary poverty."
I think Mark Twain was right when he said: "What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I shouldn't have done it"
And to share a line from a movie I saw at my host Rodrigo's movie night: The world belongs to the people with balls. (Charles Bukowski I think)
Note: People with balls- it doesn't mean men :-)
Beauty is in the eyes of the beer-holder.
"The whole idea is to have an adventure. The way to have an adventure is to do things at a lower level, it's not to ride on the freeway and to stop at a Holiday Inn."
(Richard Feynman, about his dream trip to Tuwa that he never got to take)
"I love fools' experiments. I am always making them." -Charles Darwin
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Mostly meetups lately. Occasional hosting and surfing.
It has been surprisingly good and interesting. It's nice to know there are many interesting, inspiring people and soul mates out there.
Update: I left Zagreb and will host in Toronto and elsewhere in the world from now on :-D
upupdate: I hosted a dooog!
I'm interested in maaaany things, e.g.traveling, science, learning languages, psychology, dancing, learning new shit, reading non fiction books, animals, design, building small houses, web development, drawing and painting, business...
Music, Movies, and Books
too many to mention all
Alain de Botton
Wait But Why articles
Flight of the Conchords
Bertrand Russell! (In Praise of Idleness...)
Theodore Zeldin: 'An Intimate history of humanity'.
I like As good as it gets and most recent Jack Nicholson's movies. Woody Allen. Tim Ferriss. All kinds of music except for jazz which I mostly find boring. I really don't like house or any electronic music(update: really enjoyed David Guetta´s performance at Sunburn festival in Goa, I guess that's electronic music)
From a book Vagabonding by Rolf Potts:
"But beyond travel, vagabonding is an outlook on life. Vagabonding is about using the prosperity and possibility of the information age to increase your personal options instead of your personal possessions. Vagabonding is about looking for adventure in normal life, and normal life within adventure. Vagabonding is an attitude, a friendly interest in people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest, most vivid sense of the word."
Cecile Andrews: Slow Is Beautiful.
“Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.”
“Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use your power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”
― Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
"If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again – if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man – then you are ready for a walk... No wealth can buy the requisite leisure, freedom, and independence which are the capital in this profession... It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker."
-Henry David Thoreau. In his 1861 treatise Walking
“Boredom is just “What’s the use?” in disguise. And “What’s the use?” is fear, and fear means you are secretly in despair. So put your fears on the page. Put anything on the page. Put three pages of it on the page.”
― Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My favorite amazing thing: I had dinner with my favorite autor/philosopher/...! Still can't believe that happened.
Amazing things happen a lot when I'm travelling. For example: I volunteered in a convent in Barcelona, serving food to homeless people and later we went for a ride on a motorbike on the hills above Barcelona and to Templo d'oro ,
seen many sunrises and sunsets on Gran Canaria and elsewhere, spent a winter with awesome Mumbaians in Arambol, fed elephants in Thailand, stargazed and cloudgazed a lot everywhere.
Teach, Learn, Share
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, United States