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  • 91 References 47 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Lithuanian, Russian, Swedish; learning German, Polish, Slovak, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • social educator, musician, environmentalist...
  • Social Pedagogics, Environmental Science, Web Programming
  • From Vilnius, Lithuania
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About Me

Even though I still host via corporate CS, I recommend people to use www.bewelcome.org - it is a non-profit, community driven and open-source hospitality network!
Note that I also use www.hospitalityclub.org

My partner is Petra Kalla and she is a couchsurfer too, see her profile here https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/1172378

In short, I like simplicity of things. Sharing. Sincerity. I make a lot of mistakes in my life but I really try to notice every single one of them and make sure it won't happen again. I like to see happy beggar's eyes when I give him a penny. Believing in good is very important to me even if there is nothing good left around.

Some random personal facts:
- We live in an eco-village, 3 km away from Järna, 50 km south of Stockholm
- Together with some activists I have started a NGO Animal Rights Lithuania where I also served as a board member, check out www.animalrights.lt - in addition I am also a chief editor and author of www.vegan.lt
- I have had a vegan rawfood cafe before but gave up on it after 1,5 years ;)
- I play in a local basketball club
- I like keeping myself busy, check out https://sites.google.com/site/romualdbokej for more info

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Hosted and been hosted by hundreds of people - stopped counting long time ago. Quantity is not quality, of course, - but it makes me happy to help others with the lodgings (not only through CS but via HospitalityClub and BeWelcome s well). Peace and brotherhood!

Interests

  • writing
  • books
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • marathon
  • running
  • meditation
  • gardening
  • traveling
  • drawing
  • survival
  • guitar
  • piano
  • hiking
  • basketball
  • languages
  • science
  • hitchhiking
  • science fiction
  • jogging
  • programming
  • busking
  • animal rights
  • accordion
  • healthy lifestyle
  • vipassana
  • star wars
  • genealogical research
  • songwriting
  • sustainable living
  • html
  • national geographic
  • wiki
  • families
  • eco-activism

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: "Back to the Future", "Star Wars", "Earthlings" (2005), "Samsara" (2001), "Baraka" (1992), "Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance" (1983)...

Books: Arundhati Roy "The God of Small Things", Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez "One Hundred Years of Solitude", Ray Bradbury "The Martian Chronicles", Antoine de Saint-Exupéry "The little prince", Paolo Coelho "The Alchemist", Victor Hugo "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame", Nick Hornby "High Fidelity", Karel Čapek "War with the Newts", Christopher McDougall "Born to Run"... Here is my virtual bookshelf: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7686675-romuald-bokej

Music: just about everything, but some names I could mention are Jose Gonzalez (Junip), First Aid Kit, Nick Drake, Depeche Mode, My Dying Bride, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Pearl Jam...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

- In January 2002, I hitch-hiked & hiked to the northernmost point (Nordkapp) in Europe, while my tent was my home, and most of the food I ate I carried on me, and no money was used for the trip.
- When I was young, I was arrested once, and driven in a police car with handcuffs on (because they caught me sleeping where I was not "supposed" to sleep, in some under-construction hotel in Switzerland);
- I have seen my kid being born!
- I've run Half-Marathon (21 km) quite a few times. In 2015 I even did it barefoot.

Teach, Learn, Share

Fate led me somehow to certain decisions in my life, and these desicions turned everything around and in many ways made me swim against the current. One of those "life decisions" was an agreement (between me and myself) that respect to life should be followed with a respect to all earthlings that are to be born free, live free and die free. This in its turn inevitably led me to accepting a strict form of vegetarianism, known as veganism, as the most humane way of living (even though I do not like labels and -isms). Following that I became heavily involved in vegan education and eco- and animal rights activism whereas the accepted view somehow spread further into my family where both of my brothers turned veg*ans.
At the moment I consider myself an animal rights abolitionist (Dr.Gary Francione's views) because I find following reasons to be too strong to ignore: 1. ethical (respect to life, compassion); 2. environmental ("one can't be a meat-eating environmentalist" - probably many of us have heard that), 3. prevention of world starvation and saving limited Earth resources (did you know that to produce 1 kg of meat you need much more land, water and energy than if you produce grains and vegetables?.. that for the production of each kg of meat one needs up to 7 kg of grains which otherwise can be consumed directly by human?); 4. health (every respectful health/dietetic institution can inform about the benefits of a plant-based diet).
I believe (and I have many arguments for that) that we err by being so selfishly abusive towards the earthlings and our planet in general. For me, animal rights is not some belief like Biblical stories, and not some faith in possibility of something to exist or not (is there God? is there karma and samsara?), animal rights surely can be seen as a clear concept based on reality facts, and furthermore can be considered as a moral and logical statement with a certain level of simple compassion intervened. Humans have developed to be the most wicked creatures on this planet - but does that give us the right to exploit and manipulate everything and everyone in order to satisfy our never satisfied wants? In my personal opinion, no.
Having said that, I am not an aggressive rupor for this philosophy - I like to discuss the topic with open-minded people on occassions but I am not going to become a bewildered lunatic who would only talk in "Jesus is the only way!"-fashion.

Probably one of the number ones for me is a renunciation of all earthly pleasures and letting go of my Ego - in this way I hope to immerse in love and care towards anything around us. Simplicity is the key. :) Wise are Buddhas words: When fishes are few, the heart is happy; when craving ends, there is peace.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Germany, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden

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