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Once there was a princess who had no kingdom. She had dainty hands though, and an affinity for languages and blueberries. Every day, the princess would wander around, looking for her kingdom. She travelled as far as India and over the sea to the Wild West. She met kings and queens of the most peculiar realms and she heard languages she never dared to dream of. But however much she was looking for her kingdom, she couldn't find it.
One day, when she was on a far away island, she met a jester, who was wearing an awfully attractive hat and could talk about wondrous things and brush his teeth with his left hand. She fell in love in the blink of an eye and let him hold her dainty hands. And since the jester did not have his own kingdom either - as jesters seldom do - and was far away from his home too, they decided to instead stay on the very island where they had met. Kingdomless and happy.
And so we did. At least for a year, when I lived in Cambridge with my jester. Then I went back to Switzerland to finish my studies and teach some eleven year old mischiefs how to hopefully survive in our school system. And now, after travelling South and North America and some other places for a year, I returned to the UK and now wait for the handsome jester to join me in winter. That is the story so far... I can't wait for the happily ever after part.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I want to look back at my life when I'm old and feel that I haven't missed out anything when I was younger. For me couchsurfing is one way to achieve that .
I spent a good deal of my time in Cambridge with the local CS crowd and found many friends there. I've surfed couches with fabulous hosts in England, Italy, the US, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Colombia, Venezuela and Falafel land.
I also hosted a few people in 2015 and 2016 in Switzerland. I had guests from Brasil(2), the US(3), Canada(5), Malaysia, Mexico, England, Germany, the Netherlands(2), Thailand, Switzerland, Australia, Argentina, Honduras, Austria and Belgium.
btw, the map of CS experiences on the smartphone app is a joke. Don't believe it. It's a brazen lie. It's evil.
LONDON - Londoners, do get in touch!
immersing myself in new places,
having conversations that go beyond the usual,
vast openness, the kind you can drown in when you meet the people who carry it,
acting in plays,
singing out loud and off tune when I am cycling through town,
people who can hold a conversation without ever touching their smartphone,
people who are willing to listen - and people who ask questions in the first place,
going out and dancing foolishly, especially to Balkan music,
eating dark chocolate,
singing and harmonising with my soul sister,
the shape, colour and taste of aubergines,
actually, everything else about aubergines too
walking barefoot in summer,
doodling portraits on my university documents,
dancing Swing with my love,
blowing soap bubbles,
improv theatre (been there, done that, no more please)
watching people at train stations,
cooking and baking,
babies and toddlers,
and: discussing about society, literature, travelling experiences, happiness, veganism, education, family, politics, theatre, healthy living or the environment
- street art
- swing dancing
- intentional communities
- contact improvisation
- deep ecology
- children's books
- conscious consumption
Music, Movies, and Books
I appreciate music that is simple and direct and often opt for a guitar and a voice over polished arrangements. A glimpse into my current playlist: Asaf Avidan, Paolo Nutini, Angus and Julia Stone, Pink Floyd, The Zombies, The Civil Wars, Keaton Henson, Massive Attack, Chet Baker, Eddie Vedder, Mitski, Rising Appalachia - and of course my all time fovourite: Tom Waits!
I enjoy Sixties and Seventies sound, I love Folk, Indie, World, Swing, Reggae, Psychedelic, Grunge, Jazz, Downtempo, Trip Hop, Balkan Folk. I also love music that sounds like it was written by a terribly troubled soul or feels like it's fragile enough to break by the smallest eager movement.
I love reading, and I don't read nearly as much as I would like to. My absolute favourite book is Arundhati Roy's "God Of Small Things" an Indian author who wrote the probably most touching story ever told in the most beautiful language.
Other than that I love illustrated books and children's books. (http://www.amazon.com/The-Princess-Who-Had-Kingdom/dp/0807566306)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Teaching Swiss traditional folk dance in India - yeah, true story.
Staying in a Hare Krishna community in Colombia and learning from the indigenous Kogi tribe leader who visits that place
Teach, Learn, Share
I can crochet the traditional Colombian bags the way the indigenous Arhuaco tribe does it and am happy to bond over needle work. I am also very good at creating chaos in my room within a possibly record-breaking amount of time after cleaning it.
I would love to practice my new Spanish. And if you play the guitar, maybe you want to show me some tricks?
None of that is your business? Never mind. People always learn from each other when they meet.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Swiss chocolate (at least if I come straight from Switzerland).
My wonder about the bizarre species I'm part of.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Palestine, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Wales