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  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish; learning Finnish, Persian (Farsi), Tajik
  • 45, Male
  • Member since 2006
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About Me


educating people about the useful properties of buckwheat


two wheels, spokes, saddle, handlebar, baggage rack, sometimes punctured tyres. I almost forgot - I always have a spare tube!
In short I am a pretty ordinary rusty piece of machinery, but sometimes I surprise even myself.

Check my website for photographs of some of the best places I have seen, if you can read Russian - you can read the travelogues.


current mood- Dont you know we are riding on the Marrakesh express, All aboard that train....(from a song)
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Why I’m on Couchsurfing


hosting those who ask for a couch, when my couch is available and when I am around


It is getting more and more difficult to surf people\s couches. I can tell you that. In the CS hubs out of 20 Definitely hosting, 50 percent definitely say no and maybe one says it is OK for a day. Good thing people reply.


Drinking tea at the porch in the old summer house

  • fish
  • arts
  • drinking
  • bouldering
  • music
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sports
  • rock climbing

Music, Movies, and Books

I read and watch and listen to everything Led Zeppelin,Metallica, Tool and Janes addiction, STP, Dagestan Pandur, Holly Golightly, Curandero, Akosh, Dazkarieh and even Michael Jackson´s Billy Jean.

THe music of the old couch is particularly attractive. I also like the music of the wheels of the train going home.
the sound of avalanches far away, darbuka+tabla jamming.

last good movie seen - "Komsomolsk", about how young people built a city just out of enthusiasm.
Books reading now - Latour , Iconoclash

other good books - Ballard, Russian literature of all times.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

amazing things seen - Snowdrifts in Africa(Mokhotlong, Lesotho)) a black bear from a train in British Columbia.
a. thing done - been born in Russia
amazing sounds heard - hyenas howling outside my tent in Damaraland.
One amazing thing which happened to me is almost being shot dead from a rifle in Tuva Republic. And having a night visit of a brown bear on Sakhalin island (the tent smelled of foul fish and so the big guy got attracted). I still think - maybe it was a cow?

Teach, Learn, Share

I have got a bike. You can ride it if you like.
It's got a basket. A bell that rings
And things to make it look good
I'd give it to you if I could
But I borrowed it

What I Can Share with Hosts

humour and dinner, navigation

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Western Sahara

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, China, Finland, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Russian Federation, United States

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