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Viera Valentová

Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica Region, Slovakia

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Overview

  • 103 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, Slovak; learning German, Nepali, Spanish, Turkish
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • roaming around
  • MA in international relations and po...
  • From Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Back home after one year of traveling in Asia. Reverse cultural shock is very high!!!

IMPORTANT: CouchSurfing is unfortunately becoming too popular and often misused. I am not satisfied with the rising amount of copy/paste requests and empty profiles. If you want to impress me/got acceptation, please mention your favourite dish or drink in your message. Thanks! Happy surfing!

ABOUT ME

☼ ☼ ☼ Hey folks, I just came back home to Slovakia (February 2015) from year-long Asian trip which was full of volunteering and backpacking. Along with my boyfriend Peter (https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/3696209/profile), we traveled Nepal, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and India. ☼ ☼ ☼

you can check stories from our trip here:(articles in Slovak and English: http://tripsurfing.sk/

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Honestly, I am an alien ! But I am not at all dangerous, most of the time I am friendly, nice, hospitable and other bullshits :-D

PHILOSOPHY

Impossible is nothing

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

☼ ☼ ☼ Obligatory surfing and hosting ☼ ☼ ☼

☼ ☼ ☼ CouchSurfing community in Istanbul is simply amazing ! Parties, picnics, New members Welcoming Parties and much more ! I really enjoyed it in spring 2012 ! ☼ ☼ ☼

☼ ☼ ☼ During work and travel program-New York City summer 2010-I met with some local and foreign CouchSurfers during sightseeing tours ☼ ☼ ☼

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Surfed : - Nikola in Košice, Slovakia (March 2015) - Rene in Manila, Philippines (October 2014) - Jopz and Christian in Legazpi, Philippines (October 2014) - Jaypee in Ticao island, Philippines (September 2014) - Rhayne in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (September 2014) - Ali in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia (September 2014) - Mark in Kuantan, Malaysia(September 2014) - Peh from Kuantan, Malaysia (September 2014) - Prakash from Kathmandu, Nepal (June 2014) - Rajan from Biratnagar, Nepal (June 2014) - Pedro from Lisbon, Portugal (January 2014) - Clemens from Salzburg, Austria (November 2013) - Tim from New York City, United States (February 2013) - Vincenzo from Milan, Italy (February 2013) - Alessio from Milan, Italy (November 2012) - Juris from Riga, Latvia (November 2012) - Zuzanna in Riga, Latvia (November 2012) - Gil in Tel Aviv, Israel (August 2012) - Eldar from Tel Aviv, Israel (August 2012) - Assaf in Eilat, Israel (August 2012) - Hamad and Ali from Aqaba, Jordan (August 2012) - Ghassab from Petra, Jordan (August 2012) - Yotam from Jerusalem, Israel (July 2012) - Khaled from Nazareth, Israel (July 2012) - Rado in Istanbul, Turkey (June 2012) - Emilios from Larnaka Cyprus (June 2012) - Burcin in Nicosia, Cyprus (June 2012) - Abdullah from Gaziantep, Turkey (June 2012) - Halil from Sanliurfa, Turkey (June 2012) - Baris from Mardin, Turkey (June 2012) - Hasan from Diarbakir, Turkey ( June 2012 ) - Ercan in Malatya, Turkey ( June 2012 ) - Ethem and his family from Goreme, Turkey ( June 2012) - Devrim from Ankara, Turkey ( June 2012 ) - Ali in Istanbul, Turkey (May, June 2012) - Korhan from Izmir, Turkey ( May 2012 ) - Tugrul in Denizli, Turkey (May 2012) - Umut and Funda from Izmir, Turkey ( May 2012 ) - Irem from Bursa, Turkey ( April 2012 ) - Janka from Olomouc, Czech Republic ( January 2012 )- Evelien from Krakow, Poland (December 2011 )- Carmen from Mexico City, Mexico ( September 2011 )- Dave from Los Angeles, USA ( June 2011 )- Pascal in Santa Brigida,Gran Canaria, Spain ( March 2011 )- Gratzi and Jagoba from Las Palmas,Gran Canaria, Spain( March 2011 )- Jeff from Philadelphia, USA (September 2010) - Alice from As, Norway ( April 2010 )- Moritz from As, Norway (April 2010)- Arne from Fredrikstad, Norway (March 2010)- Nicolò from Bologna, Italy (January 2010)- Joris from Haarlem, Netherlands (January 2010)- Keith from Boston, USA (September 2009)- Anne from Montreal, Canada (September 2009)

Hosted :

-Jill and Mandy from Taiwan (March 2015)

-before the BIG change which happened in November 2014 with old CS website, I kept here looong list of my CS guests with dates of hosting. Now it´s gone and I have to find other sources for updating. Don´t worry, I will do it asap. All my previous guests won´t be forgotten, I will fix it soon! But I am still bit angry that it went missing.....

Interests

☼ ☼ ☼ I love many things such as traveling, art, architecture, literature, sport - mostly outdoor, music, good food-green pepper or paprika, whatever language you prefer is the best vegetable in the world ! and then eggplant and fish, avocado and all vegetarian meals ! I enjoy going to the concerts, hitchhiking, hiking and all crazy and extraordinary things

Music, Movies & Books

***Movies: when I was at high school my favourite movie was Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. I still like this kind of movies but I am interested in old films too, some movies with Charlie Chaplin ( The Dictator, Modern Times ). La dolce vita, Doctor Zhivago, Sophie´s choice. And of course I like to watch some slovak and czech films ( unfortunately, there is not too much, I hope that the situation is getting better :)and nowadays I really prefer some politically engaged movies and documents

*** Music: I looove electronics and world music and concerts and music festivals in general. Went to Pohoda festival (biggest music event in Slovakia) once as a volunter-it was amazing! Right after I went to Sziget festival in Budapest (considered to be the greatest festival in Europe and it was unbelievable! I went to Coldplay concert in Los Angeles. One of the best music event ever! I looove slovak and czech music bands. I used to listen Nirvana and Metallica during high school years and now I turned into electronics. However I also like oldies and world music.

*** Books: I really love reading books ! Since my childhood I consider myself as a bookworm.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

☼ ☼ ☼ traveling across India

☼ ☼ ☼ volunteering in an organic farm in Hong Kong

☼ ☼ ☼ one month of pure backpacking in the Philippines

☼ ☼ ☼ 2 months volunteering in a backpacker hostel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and then 3 weeks of pure backpacking through the region

☼ ☼ ☼ 5 months volunteering in Nepali lowlands and exploring local culture + 2 weeks trekking in Himalayas (Kanchenjunga)

☼ ☼ ☼ 10 days of Winter Outdoor Activity Training in pure Latvian wilderness ! Sleeping outside in a tent and igloo, Crazy cross-country skiing, snowboarding, getting lost and much more :-D

☼ ☼ ☼ Volunteering in Israel and Jordan during the summer 2012 full of adventures, sleeping under the stars in Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan, snorchelling in Red Sea in Israel and much more

☼ ☼ ☼ 2-weeks long hitchhiking and CS Turkey/Cyprus trip with two other friends. We started in Istanbul and ended in Cyprus. On the road, we met loads of crazy people and had an amazing time ! And we survived three earthquakes in Turkey !

☼ ☼ ☼ During my university exchange programme in Istanbul 2012, I survived 4 months at the very religious dormitory with really strict rules and curfew at 8:30pm !

☼ ☼ ☼ Solotrip to Mexico City in September 2011 and the whole summer in Los Angeles :-)

☼ ☼ ☼ Summer 2010 when I lived and worked in Brooklyn was really excellent, so many interesting encounters happened there and I fell in love with New York City !

☼ ☼ ☼ I was a solo-hitchhiker and I visited some nice places in Vermont, Montreal, Boston, NYC and Cape Cod during the summer 2009 when I was 21 and it was awesome !!

☼ ☼ ☼ Hitchhiking through Western Europe in summer 2007. It was really great experience. We met many kind people. I would like to repeat it !

☼ ☼ ☼ During summer 2006 I worked in Panasonic factory in Pilsen, Czech republic, where we produced plasma TV´s with very nice name - VIERA !

Teach, Learn, Share

Lets say, I can share some recommendations how to hitchhike in all different situations ( for now, I hitchhiked in 17 countries). How to do extra low budget trips, how to sleep at the airports and other usefull things :-D and I learned how to build an igloo, so we can make one :-D

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, State of, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Czech Republic, Malaysia, Nepal, Slovakia, Turkey, United States

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