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Not even two weeks after graduating from high school, I was on the plane to Vancouver, Canada. Since than I came around a lot, saw new places, met new people and had new ideas. In Canada I started couchsurfing and have not stopped since.
I'm an open-minded, interested, calm person - more the listener kind of guy. I love to travel, I especially feel drawn to paradisal places "off the beaten track". My favorites include a forgotten path in the midst of Fraser Canyon, BC, Canada, the landscape of Baie de Somme in Picardy, France, and the narrow spit that leads to Ahrenshoop, Germany, surrounded by water on both sides. Characteristically, I tend to be introverted, preferring the calm moments over the parties. Still, parties are welcome.
I like people who bring fresh insights and thoughts, people who think differently and people who accept that others can be right just as well. I am always open to a little political or philosophical debate as long as it does not get to professional. Although, like everyone else, I have my own political opinion, I try to avoid stereotypical thinking that puts people and views into boxes. I like to stand atop of narrow-minded discussions and prejudices which is why I support the work of abgeordnetenwatch, an organization fighting for transparency and direct democracy in Germany without diving into parliamentary trench warfare.
Languages, written and spoken, are my hobby. I love finding out on the differences in languages as much as for the similarities - and often there are more than you think. I want to learn as many as possible; Recently I started learning Chinese. Next on my list are Polish and Arabic, but I would also love to know Danish, Dutch, Ethiopian, Japanese, Russian, ... I also write in my leisure time and sometimes I imagine being an author. I would not say no to it, honestly.
During the last years, I have gradually dived into the question of sustainability in daily life. This is why I watch my consumption a lot; starting from simple things like taking bags with me for groceries or a cup for drinks, over reducing what I own to one day reach a truly minimalist setup, to finally exchanging my goods (whenever there is need for replacement) by fair-trade or second-hand alternatives, or at least ones that attempt to reach these virtues.
I also like biking. Due to work and uni at the same time I am unfortunately a little (meaning a lot) time-bound. I would love to do a huge, week-long bike tour once. Until now I was only able to fit in day tours.
People would call me "flexitarian" - meaning vegetarian most of the time, but eating meat sometimes. Apart from that, I like green and black tea, amazing coffee from all around the world and I try to taste every beer I see. I eat one apple a day since 2012.
What else is there? Well, I have a guitar. You know these projects you start but put aside one day? Anyway, if you are a musician I would be happy to receive some training sessions. :)
And yes, I have with no word mentioned my job and studies. I just don't know how to fit this into my life yet. Difficult story.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I started CS during my gap year in Canada. At first, as it might be for many, it was about saving money. But soon I realized that there is much more to CS.
Hosting people and being hosted by them is like a money-free, reciprocal society where everyone gives what is possible and receives what is necessary. Now that I have been doing CS for a few years in several countries with only positive experiences, I realized it is about caring for people and making our materialist, number-reliant, mistrusting society better.
I am always happy to welcome guests at home and help you out even on short notice whenever possible, but I urge you not to view this project as a free hotel only. Please adhere to personalizing your request in order to show your commitment.
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a lot and do not really focus on one single genre or author. I am a noob when it comes to movies and actors. My favorite music is mostly limited to German rap, but trust me, there is more to this genre than what you read about in boulevard magazines. Of course I listen to a few other artists as well, you should find out when we meet.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My gap year in Canada!
Teach, Learn, Share
I love to hear the stories of peoples' lives. They always make me creative, sometimes to a point that I say "well, that would be a good start for a story", sit down and start writing. In exchange I can offer my travel stories, "expertise" in beer, or we can cook a great meal together. Whenever possible, I will show my guests around my favorite places in town.
What I Can Share with Hosts
To hosts as well as guests I offer an open ear and mind as well as my travel stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, France, Germany