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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 dead animals into the flat and yep, we can provide you with towels and blankets (:
Looking very much forward to meeting ya!
Oh, and the new CS remains to have completely turned into some dull and ridiculous commercial pile of shit.
The major reason I keep being registered here is beautiful nostalgia - all those brilliant and pure memories, adventures and connections in more than six years of meeting wonderful people from all over the planet. Couchsurfing, as of November 2014 as we knew and loved it died to make space for something incomparably uglier, more commercial, pathetic and repulsive, some sort of wannabe-facebook. Just like Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler put it: Good places turn bad and bad places turn ugly (or something like that). Well, thanks, that's far away from the original idea. Those people blew it.
But we'll make the best of it, I'm sure. They won't get us down, no time for giving up yet!
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 papers to finally finish my MA in European Politics, Sociology and Philosophy. Well, until then I simply keep on dealing with expanding personal philosophies and maybe the amount of travel money plus finishing my studies 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.
Roadtrippin' videos, ya!
Czech Republic/Austria/Western Slovenia/Northern Croatia/Italy:
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 9 years now (as of 2014), number #10 had been on May 24. So in case you're reading this some time in early 2015; feel free to invite yourself and let me know; we're happy to host by then. More information on: http://seeparty.roknablue.com
More pictures and videos on my website: http://roknablue.com
Live and let live. (X
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 formerly (!) wonderful network more than six years ago now (i.e. summer 2008) and wouldn't want to miss it anymore - it fits perfectly to my view of life and indeed might be the solution to world peace! (X
Governments or individuals who actually oppose the inspiring idea of sharing one's couch and cultural experience plus the exchange of ideas and values did not get the point of what life is all about! Or maybe they simply never tried.
However, as the site got sold it literally sold out and slowly, but surely betrayed its own ideals - it's rotten from the inside, as heart- and soulless as it looks like from the outside: disgusting and ugly. The developers screwed it all up, it's so sad, just incredibly sad.
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."
2011: CS-Podcast (ger/eng) // http://youtu.be/Hwl8Szkr0C8
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.
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
Fuck off new CS administration, your updates to the site are NOT wanted and you're a disgrace to the original spirit of the site!
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Norway, Panama, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Finland, Germany