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Every end of a journey is the beginning of another, I keep reminding myself.
Hey there, dear travelers! (X
I used to have some sort of explanatory introduction text up here, feeling like I'd have the need to set up a couple rules plus making sure the memory of good old pre-November 2014 CouchSurfing would remain, but I s'ppose something less radical and elaborate will just do: Please address me personally when writing a request, don't bring plastic bags and (parts of) dead animals into the flat and yep, we can provide you with blankets and a towel - just like you would want to (if you've read Douglas Adams) (:
Looking very much forward to meeting ya! Why no plastic bags? Think of the environment! (: We can provide you with bunches of old plastic and some re-usable bags, hence really no need for you to bring any yourself.
Chose a re-usable cutton bag instead; it's always worth paying the extra euro or buck. Especially in South and SE-Asia: Be a role model for the people there and NEVER use plastic bags (besides you wanna keep your books and clothing dry).
Find me on instagram: @la_hydra (www.instagram.com/la_hydra) or @roknablue (for more intimate shots)
Watch some travel videos: www.youtube.com/user/thehydra08
Enjoy high quality travel photography: www.flickr.com/photos/124057412@N07/
Read my travel blog on the website: www.roknablue.com
New Hope in 2021
Let's start the new year off with one of my favorite roadtrip adventures of all times (Italia été 2020): https://youtu.be/PoT8iuhGZDU
Vienna/Bratislava (Aug 2020): https://youtu.be/1Kag15wnbps
Boattrippin' in the Berlin area with wonderful people: https://youtu.be/ZCzXRVLhZng
Couchsurfing-wise I actually managed kinda well - summer was great! Despite the ever-aching lack of festivals and opportunities to swing one's legs. We went to little open air gigs in Vienna and close-by Prague instead and, of course, in and around Berlin. Not the same, clearly - and one can only hope that 2021 will bring up some yearned-for surprises!
Here are some videos from trips over the year:
NYE 19/20 (we went to Belgium on our 10-year NYE hitching (and CS) tradition: https://youtu.be/Djfk4XNpaTI
My birthday party co-incided with our annual flat party event; the motto has been "Mythos": https://youtu.be/IgMHkPjuKbA
Renting a boat and spending some peaceful and tranquil moments with wonderful human beings in the Berlin-surrounding area: https://youtu.be/ZCzXRVLhZng
Spent a week on blissful Vienna, daytripped to Bratislava; this is what it looked (and felt) like: https://youtu.be/1Kag15wnbps
Two new videos are done, one of em from a recent trip to the Balkans, the other from last year‘s summer.
Roadtrippin‘ Norway (August 2018):
Roadtrippin‘ Albania (October 2019):
This year‘s big road trip through Greece, heading along the coast together with 8 marvelous friends – I guess it‘s my personal favorite so far: https://youtu.be/RMJlsfO7TyU
Finished a video we did while roadtrippin' across the Canary Islands, feat. 3 good friends and travel buddies: https://youtu.be/My29gVfvDfM (March 2018)
May 2018 Love hitchhiking? Did a 2-part hitching/couchsurfing video clip about our latest NYE trip to Oldenburg and Groningen, starting in Berlin:
Part 1 (Oldenburg): https://youtu.be/AwnWecSR6xg
Part 2 (Groningen): https://youtu.be/M6k0SnR6uSc
January 22, 2018
NEW ROADTRIP MOVIE DONE! Check out PORTUGAL SUMMER 2017: https://youtu.be/It3xLaQrmHk
November 22, 2017
Yearning for SUMMER IN BERLIN? This is how it looks like: https://youtu.be/9S-i7SQDA7U (accumulated summer video material feat. friends and timelapses from 2017)
October 29, 2017 Published a little video about a trip to the Polish Baltic Sea Coast, I dare-say it's worth watching: https://youtu.be/u4mJiL_MX_U
August 6, 2017 New roadtrip video finished: Roadtrippin' la Toscana (May 2017) - check it out! https://youtu.be/f6vylLVuaP4
July 22, 2017 Getting into time-lapse videos (feat. material from a trip to Stockholm and some afternoons in Berlin): https://youtu.be/tgKUmNIVHi0
March 20, 2017 Edited a new video which shows the area in Berlin we live in and gives an idea of how CouchSurfing (and our home) looks like: https://youtu.be/dYKr8X6lcjc
February 16, 2017 Almost unbelievable, but true after all: It smells like spring up here in Berlin! So sick of the cold and windy... Now, time is running up for cosy winter nights of writing travel novel chapters in dark and freezing nights, but one can manage. Happy to distract myself with hosting and getting to know new people! Also, this year's big lake party is probably happening on Saturday, June 3.
CURRENT MISSION (other than the above): Fire Walk with Me! xD
Seems like I kinda got stuck having itchy feet back home in good ol' Berlin these days (uh-oh...), dreaming about getting on the road again in late summer, but stuck with writing an On the Road style travel novel after finishing my MA in European Politics, Sociology and Philosophy in early 2016. Well, until then I simply keep on dealing with expanding personal philosophies and maybe the amount of travel money (by establishing a proper career) would be rather helpful, yay. Considering myself an agent of chaos in troubled times of uncertainty to be thrown away to make space for something utterly raw. All the time. Falling in love, writing letters to beautiful people, planning trips, learning languages and all sorts of curiosities, discovering secret places, dancing all night long, testing patience, devouring electro synthesizer pop by John Frusciante, exploring the surrounding lakes and parks, writing poetry, playing the guitar just for myself.
India: https://youtu.be/G8vaiooOPBY Malaysia + Sumatra: https://youtu.be/6LMJnvbQ-vo Roadtrippin' videos, ya!
Poland and the Baltics https://youtu.be/369dTATcrQU (August 2016)
Southern England: https://youtu.be/OFXJqvceMR8 (May 2016)
Czech Republic/Austria/Western Slovenia/Northern Croatia/Italy: #1: http://youtu.be/Pj_lhJnpzhc #2: http://youtu.be/uL5U7kyGzxE (August 2015)
Ireland: https://youtu.be/NoIR9OPCJa8 (April 2015)
Annual New Year's Eve Hitching Trip (feat. Wien, Beograd, Graz): http://youtu.be/ycSQAXUML0Q (January 2015)
Within the Balkans: http://youtu.be/ziNNYwMlIXo (Fall 2014)
Sweden #1: http://youtu.be/J2AZXdgeSXM
Sweden #2: http://youtu.be/n7xXVFzSslo (Summer 2014)
Scottish Highlands: http://youtu.be/Jz_ON3DII2w (April 2014)
Spreading self-made festival videos:
at.tension #5: http://youtu.be/3TzaSiw-Vn8 (September 2013)
La Libertad 2013: http://youtu.be/elxdo2ubuio (August 2013)
Фузион #16: http://youtu.be/IgldVSyEq2I (June 2012)
Furthermore, we're having a tradition of organizing an ever-growing, very enchanting Lake Party every SPRING (usually around May/June) for 11 years now (as of 2016), number #12 is on its way (come around May 2020). So in case you're reading this in time: Feel free to invite yourself and let me know; we're happy to host by then (but make sure to bring sleeping bags, right?).
More information on: http://seeparty.roknablue.com
More pictures and videos on my website: http://roknablue.com (feat. flickr+Instagram)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
In offering my couch as often as I have spare time to enjoy it and exchange experiences, (travel) stories and recipes with people from around the globe!
I've been joining this enchanting network quite some time ago now and I wouldn't wanna miss it anymore - it just fits perfectly to my view of life, the perspectives I've taken over the years and might indeed be one way to world peace! (X
Individuals or even governments who in fact oppose the inspiring idea of sharing one's couch and cultural experience plus the exchange of ideas and values clearly didn't understand at all what life is or can be all about! Or maybe they simply never tried.
However, the site was eventually sold out in November 2014 when it turned from non-profit to forprofit and it was never really the same again unfortunately. Not only did it betray its own ideals, the whole new design ever since is merely a shadow of its former glory. There are still many wonderful, open-minded, kind-hearted travelers out there and this is what keeps the concept alive, but the platform itself never really lived up to what it once was. Still, as many former fellow couchsurfers left the site I stayed and never regretted that. The old crazy efficient inbox never returned and the vouching system disappeared for good, the colouring is disgraceful and many other things are a nuisance, but at least the mobile app is stable and reliable now. So there's always a good thing about it as well!
This is a good read: The Rise and Fall of CouchSurfing: http://www.bootsnall.com/articles/13-05/couchsurfings-fall.html
"I used to say that Couchsurfing was globalization done right, where ideas and exchange mattered more than money or status. When you met someone who said they were a Couchsurfer, that it meant they had a different viewpoint on life, that they knew how to share, and were culturally open minded."
Traveling in general, hitching in particular. Reading and writing letters, postcards, poems, scripts, short stories, journals, books. Photography. Preparing vegetarian/vegan dishes. Watching movies. Hiking, driving around vast empty motorways and snorkeling. Philosophical debates, playing the guitar, dancing to electronic music. Discovering abandoned houses and places in my home town. Collecting Lonely Planets. Not growing old.
- human rights
- womens rights
- electronic music
- international relations
- world history
- vegetarian cooking
- video editing
- european union
Music, Movies, and Books
Lynch. Kubrick. Aronofsky. Gaspar Noé. Danny Boyle.
Electro, Drum'n'Bass, Industrial Hard Rock, Reggae and New Wave.
Trent Reznor, John Frusciante, Alle Farben, Rennie Pilgrem, Medieval Chamber, Tocotronic, AK1200, Yeasayer, Le Peuple de L'herbe, Angelo Badalamenti, Clint Mansell, Leftfield, Pendulum, Slagsmålsklubben, Maskinen, Familjen, DJ Fresh, Calvin Harris, RATM, The Mars Volta, the Pumpkins, Bob Dylan, Refused, Massive Attack, Bauhaus, The Ventures, The Yardbirds, Rex the Dog, Nouvelle Vague, Tryo, Stereo Total, Welle Erdball, Peaches, M.I.A., The Cure, Elvis, Ari and the Slits, Jim and the Doors, Iggy and The Stooges, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. Shady Records, Wagner, Mahler and Beethoven.
Kerouac, Hesse, Bret Easton Ellis, Burroughs, Orwell, Poe, Max Frisch, Anaïs Nin, Huxley, Marquis de Sade, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Bill Bryson, Bert Brecht, Erich Fromm, Erich Fried, Alex Garland, Chuck Palahniuk, Hunter S. Thompson, Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, Timothy Zahn, Carl Barks and Don Rosa, Klaus Kinski, Jack London, Richard Dawkins, Peter Singer, Chris Hitchens, Sam Harris. Lonely Planet! (X
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
e.g. Wild penguins gnawing at my feet at night. // Hiking Tasmania's Overland Track. // Encountering Komodo dragons (only having a single wooden stick for self-defense)! // Falling in love with and in St. Kilda, Melbourne. // Albanian and Macedonian kindness and hospitality. // Enjoying Indonesian food stalls, islands (the Gilis!), beaches and temples - plus feeling like a true rock star when encountering young locals on Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple. // Approaching North Cape, Europe's top end, in foggy rain and really feeling like hitting world's end. // Hitching through Southern Europe in 32 days and 66 cars over 5,000-odd kilometres and smashing two cars with one sudden, well-timed movement, beat this! (X
Teach, Learn, Share
Spreading the word:
Read Peter Singer's ANIMAL LIBERATION and PRACTICAL ETHICS!
And, as of 2011: Richard D. Ryder's SPECIESISM, PAINISM and HAPPINESS!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Dear screwed-up new CS administration, would you PLEASE (after five years) bring back the old, beloved split-up INBOX!
Like in the old days:
YES / MAYBE / NO
YES / MAYBE / NO
And when you're already up to that: What about shifting your colour outset from ugly grey-white to a more enchanting yellow-orange (as we used to love it)? I gave up on most other shifts to the worse. But at least the Inbox, that can't be too hard, right? Apparently yes.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Finland, Germany