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1. Freising is approximately 40 kilometers away from Munich and 10 kilometers away from Munich International Airport
If you want to visit Munich via Freising, you are welcome to stay at my place and use it as a hub. I live close to the train station, and you have the choice between the suburban train S1 that goes directly to Munich's central station (travel time approx.: 40 min) Or you can board the express train (travel time: 20 min)
2. There are certain things you have to consider while you're here. I have a busy work schedule during the week. I can offer you a place to stay overnight, but I don't always have the time to show you around Freising or Munich for that matter. You'll be on your own while I'm at work and I'd appreciate it if you leave the house with me in the morning. If you feel like sleeping longer, I generally have no problem with that, but I had some uncomfortable moments with people that were still here at my house by the time I returned home and didn't seize any opportunity to explore the surroundings outside while they had the time and were just idling here for some odd reason.
I might join you during the evening hours and show you around, depending on the general mood. Mostly I like to hang with people, I just don't always have the time to do it.
If you're still cool with all this, welcome to my humble abode! :)
Developing my own musical personality!
American-German third culture army brat of Norwegian descent. I live with a constant identity crisis, never quite knowing where I truly belong since I've been exposed to so many different cultures, languages and ways of life. But that resonates rather well with my artistic side, with a bit of an out of the box approach to things.
Making music, especially picking the banjo has become my life's calling, so that's about as american as I can possibly get. I play styles like bluegrass, celtic, blues and rock music. But when it comes to listening to music, It's a different thing alltogether, I listen to a lot of different types of music.
I share an aparment in Freising with my girlfriend who is also a CS member.
I love all arts, particularly painting and animation. I'm a trained wood carver, I try to be active with many other subjects. I have painted signs and billboards for bars and discos as well.
I also enjoy all sorts of music and play a few instruments. I have a ridculous amount of banjos and guitars, and no matter how hard I try to get rid of some, they keep coming my way. -So If you are a versed guitar player, you will find no instrument shortage here! :P
I'm always up to talk about history, technology, arts, popular culture. I could talk forever about that and a ton of movies. -maybe a bit geeky there ;)
Don't worry, be happy! Not the easiest thing to keep in mind, especially when your mind tends to ramble and you wind up in a mindswirl. Like the tune "Zombie" it's in your head! You create trouble of your own mind, you're your own worst enemy. No one will ever see your point of reference, not even close. The moment you understand that friction is mostly caused emotionally, then you can deal with this a whole lot easier. Only Impermanence endures in the end, and one should always keep an open mind and not get indoctrinated into one thinking alone, whether they be political or spiritual.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have just hosted a small number of people so far. Being active both in the Munich and the Freising groups. Socializing, drinking beer, showing people around, having a good time!
I have a very small apartment, so my experience in hosting is rather limited. My first guest was from Montreal, and it worked out just great! We had a great time wandering around town, covering miles and talking about everything under the sun
I pick the banjo in the band "The Black Bottom Skiffle Group" - A very popular cultband from Munich that is celebrating it's 45th anniversary this year. -No, this is not the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I'm not that old, but it sure feels nice to be a part of something that well established. No better way to learn about performing and playing with others in my book, especially if you're doing something rather rare and exotic like playing the banjo.
I'm also a passionate tinkerer, so anything that involves machines, communication and history is good! I feel like I was born too late, I should have experienced the world between 1870 and 1970, living through amazing times and working in an occupation that has been lost to the ages, like a steam train engineer. Watching brilliant worldchanging people working their miracles, like world famous people, musicians for one! :)
Anything about steam engines is great! I'm not too crazy about modern technology, all sleek and whatnot, it's just not that interesting to me. The older machines are the better! :)
I also love geology, volcanoes in particular, I want to see an active one real up close some day!
Other natural occurences like Tornados are also fascinating to me, something I hope to see as well before I shuffle off this mortal coil!
I'm also into visual arts, having a background as a sculptor and painting all my life, so it's a fairly wide spectrum of interests
- rock music
- visual arts
Music, Movies, and Books
Too much to list really. I know an awful lot about movies and music, not so much about literature on the other hand, but I'm really trying to familiarize myself more with classic literature these days.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I saw a space shuttle start in 1990, that was pretty amazing.
Also, around the same time, I witnessed the removal of the defense walls in Berlin and sectors along the former Iron Curtain first hand.
I climbed Mt Vesuvio, a childhood dream since I've always been fascinated by volcanoes. So being on the rim and seeing the entire Gulf of Naples, as well as the steam plumes venting out of the Crater, was amazing.
I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic wreck just a few months before the Cameron blockbuster was released.
I experienced the 1999 solar eclipse in the Black Forest
I celebrated my 29th birthday on a volcanic island just off the Iceland coast, and I climbed to the top of a volcano called Eldfell which emerged out of nowhere in the middle of the night in 1973. -So quite a recent volcano!! The crater rim was still hot, venting out burning hot odorless air, I even was able to cook stuff with it like an oven!
And I had a magnificent clear view of the neighboring volcano island and the infamous Eyjafjallajökull in the distance!
Seeing the clear evening skies over Egypt while cruising the Nile... The colors were incredible! Riding in a balloon over the Nile in the morning.
A clear night sky on the island of Texel in August 2013 with shooting stars!
Teach, Learn, Share
I have a bunch of musical instruments, so if you feel like making a rackett, then don't be bashful and go right ahead! As far as teaching, learning and sharing goes, this is an individual matter, since some people just drop in for the night to get some shut eye, others are very inquisitive and we talk for hours, but then again I'm a working class guy, so these days i just have a few precious hours during the day talking to my guests, and so you're pretty much on your own!
What I Can Share with Hosts
I could tell you an awful lot about getting around in Munich - Bavaria - Germany and basically all of Europe for once. Knowing all the nice places in the cities for once! :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States