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contemplating past travel experiences
I am probably an aggregate of the other answers here?
Some people are afraid of living when they are young, because they might die. And when they are old, those people are afraid of dying because they have not lived. So let's better live. Here. Now.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Okay, so here's the deal behind being part-time dad and host. Jamila, my daughter, stays roughly half the week with me, the other time with her mother. Thus when she is not here, there is a rather large room, unoccupied. So I decided on giving that to the traveling community, since traveling was something I always enjoyed when I was younger(TM). And in doing so, I try to be a very good host, which arguably sometimes works, sometimes its more complicated ;-).
After I have been hosting anywhere between one and seven Couchsurfers every week for the past years, I must say that CS really is amazing. Certainly, there have been guests I enjoyed more than others, and than there were those that were more complicated, but I don't regret a single CS day. However, as of late, we've kind of reduced the amount of CSers we take in. It's just getting increasingly hard to fit CSing into our time tables.
Apart from CS, other couch related experience includes:
friends staying over from time to time, far from being organized in any manner though. that was always very enjoyable.
a couple (6) of African refugees at my place. Given that most of them were severely traumatized, it was rather intense. But interesting and a "wow"-experience nonetheless.
right now? anything north-east of austria. However, that changes quite frequently.
Music, Movies, and Books
favorites (in no particular order): Subway to Sally, Sartre, Kevin Spacey, Grass, Distemper, Les Vielles Salopes, The Name of the Rose, Rachel Weisz, Irish Folk Music, Nine Inch Nails, Dr. Strangelove, Nirvana, Elements of Statistical Learning (no, just kidding, interesting but not my favorite), Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Lyriel, Arkona, NTM, Faun, Raud-Ants, Lumsk, Eluveitie, Nevskij Prospekt, Orphaned Land, ...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Freezing in plain sun upon leaving Sahara desert after three months, closely rivaled by eating kenke for the first time.
Teach, Learn, Share
Well, I love to cook. But sometimes I am the only one who also loves eating what I cooked. Let me cook for you a couple of times, and you know what I'm talking about. So I guess knowledge transfer in that area might be a good idea. One of the other few things I can share: complex multilevel propensity models of consumer interests mapped to geographic entities, in depth knowledge of cloud computing infrastructure (you wish) and connected to this is a real gem: MASS. Oh, and I'm pretty good with kids. So if any of you need anything in these areas, consider sleeping on my couch.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Luxembourg, Niger, United States