Googong, New South Wales, Australia
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Honeymoon Life Forever! - Travel, Learn Languages, Meet Awesome People and make the most of being Married! :D
Family of 3: Corah, Daniel and Hediye (our kitten) Chiu-Sheridan.
Corah: Stability and predictability bore me. That's why I like to travel and meet new people.
I am trying to push my known limits and do things that I have never done before, or never thought I would do before. I am also trying to explore the world and develop myself.
I am very friendly, cheerful and easy-going. I also have a good sense of humour. I like making jokes with (but not fun of) other people.
Daniel: Mostly Harmless. I have a hugely complex, yet (I hope and try for it to be increasingly so) reasonably consistent internal philosophy which I try to work on and 'improve' with every move I make in life. Nontheless, I can't really type it all up here and I don't want to bore those of you who don't want to know anyway, so let's save this for conversations in-person. I believe that one MUST be honest and open in their dealings with other individuals, as this behaviour minimises misunderstandings and offence caused. I am myself (adaptably so), and shall remain as such even if the whole world changes. ^_^
Corah: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust
I don't identify a certain place as home. Wherever I go is my home. And I will always be an explorer in the voyage of life.
Daniel: I feel that much of the beauty of love, life and liberty are to be found in their finiteness. I believe that to claim full knowledge of our incredibly beautiful, complex Universe is to trivialise - indeed belittle - our existences. I believe that Organised Religion has caused more harm to more people that any other human invention. I am not against private belief in a god, supernatural being or gods, with the proviso that such private beliefs do not cause anyone any harm. I believe that an individual who impedes on the rights of others forfeits their rights to an equal extent. I believe that people must be honest and open in their dealings with others. Openness and honesty will allow people of totally different backgrounds and cultures to understand one-another without miscommunication or causing offence; I believe that this is not yet practised enough. One cannot control what happens to them, but can control their attitude toward what happens. Furthermore, with careful cultivation of this attitude, one can prepare themselves for what may happen to them and thus mitigate its possible negative effects. One can never be sure of where one's limits lie, but we certainly encounter plateaus of development. What is important is to constantly strive to surpass the plateaus one reaches. Always keep moving forward, because there is always room for improvement. I am myself. I accept all people for who they are, holding that everyone deserves to be themselves and to express that freely - unless they necessarily harm another in the process. If I succeed in having led a 'good life', I shall have laughed, loved, lived and learned as often and as much as possible, before leaving the world better off for having lived in it. I believe that if one is able to increase the overall wellbeing of people (themselves and others), then their life can not have been in vain.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Hosting and surfing. We love meeting new people, because you learn a lot from them.
2011, Daniel surfed for approximately six months in a variety of countries including but not limited to Israel, Italy and Spain, as well as bits and pieces here and there.
2012, Corah surfed three weeks solo through Malaysia and Singapore. When Daniel came to Hong Kong, we surfed 3 months straight together through to the Calendar New Year.
2013, We spent January travelling down through (Mainland) China and Vietnam. February to July were spent back in Hong Kong, where we variably surfed, hosted, and eventually got married (8th July) before going on our Honeymoon (9th July) through Indonesia and Australia - surfing occasionally, of course! As of September, we moved to and were living in Turkey. We surfed and hosted and generally had a god time. The couchsurfing community in Turkey is either super-helpful (to the point where we start to feel guilty) or super-unhelpful. It was a really interesting experience!
2014, we left Turkey in April and came to Israel. At this stage, we're still surfing while we get our feet on the ground, but we hope to host soon!
Couchsurfing is a really cool experience; the feel for the differences in the Couchsurfing Community in various parts of the world is really interesting, and gives insight into local culture better than being a tourist ever could!
Hong Kong is definitely one of our favourite places for Couchsurfing so far - the people are incredible, and the city itself really does have a LOT to offer.
Vietnam is awesomely accessible for surfers, excluding DaLat. To complicate matters, DaLat is our favourite place in Vietnam. It's where we got engaged!
Surfing in İstanbul was amazing, as we met so many lovely, truly helpful people who got us through a really tough situation. We also hosted a few people in Turkey.
Corah: Languages, mainly English and Hungarian Reading Travelling Meeting new people Children Animals, especially cats Voluntary work Humanitarian affairs Chess Chinese calligraphy The new addition, the Cello
Daniel: Kenjutsu, Swordwork, Singing, Playing the Violin, Studying, Music, Languages, Fencing, Running, Philosophy, History, Science, Biology, Theology, Ethics... Literally, Everything. My only problem with that is that I tend to suddenly start learning whatever comes to attract my attention in an erratic, unsystematic and eclectic (albeit enthusiastic and thorough) way...
Corah: Favourite books: Wuthering Heights Love in the Time of Cholera The Short Stories of Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest
Music: Bossa Nova Jazz Unconventional music, with fusion of genres (E.g. Pop music with classical music, classical music with a twist)
Movies: 50 First Dates Hitch The Man from Earth Thank You for Smoking
Daniel: Movies: Science Fiction, Romance, Musicals, Documentaries. - Jesus Christ Superstar - Little Shop of Horrors - Mary and Max - The Man from Earth - The Road to El Dorado - The Rocky Horror Picture Show Series & Serials: Anime, Animations, Manga, Peculiar Comedies, Science Fiction. - Blame! - Bleach - Code Geass - Death Note - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Ergo Proxy - Harvey Krumpet - Naruto - Noein - Samurai Champloo - The Breaker - The Breaker: New Waves - The Curious Geographical Explorations of Jasper Morello - The Fairly Odd Parents - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Wallace and Grommit Music: Jazz, Classical Rock, Pop', Classical. - David Garrett - Frank Sinatra - Johann Sebastian Bach - Muse - Niccolò Paganini - Queen - The Beatles - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Books & Authors: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Biology, Science, History, Languages. - Alexandre Dumas - Brave New World - Contact - Daniel Dennett - Iain Banks - Ringworld (Complete) - Sam Harris - Sherlock Holmes (Complete) - The Anubis Gates - The History of Western Philosophy - The God Delusion - The Good Book - The Moral Landscape - The Princess Bride
Motorcycle kitten... Ask us about it!
Corah: Meeting and marrying Daniel. Seriously. It might sound cheesy but it's true. He has inspired me to become more than I thought I could be. He has given me the courage to break out from people's (especially my family's) expectations and to start taking myself and my own thoughts seriously.
I had dreamt about not just travelling the world, but living and moving around from places to places, countries to countries. It was only since meeting Daniel that my dreams started to come true! (And of course he was one of them too ;))
Daniel: Before University, I took one year off to train for and run a 325km Charity Ultramarathon. The Charity I raised money for was the Fred Hollows Foundation, and the run itself was the singular most painful thing I have ever done. In 2011 and again in 2012, I attended the 2nd and 3rd University Scholar's Leadership Symposia in Pattaya, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia respectively. I made many friends, shared ideas and knowledge with amazing people from all over the world and (hopefully) walked one step closer to a happier world, as theatrical as that sounds. In 2011 and again in 2012, I met and fell madly in love with my Wife, to whom I was married in July of 2013 and with whom I am now travelling/living.
Believe it or not, I also feel that my Couchsurfing experiences are amazing in the same ways as these. I've met many incredible people from all walks of life, and have gained more life experience from this than from any other community.
Corah: I had been taught the importance of an education and a career prospect all my life. Thus through most of it, I had wanted to seek stability and predictability. These had been what I kept believing until I started travelling.
Travelling and meeting new people have really opened up my mind to the world. I realized that I can get so much more out of my life if I keep travelling and learning. Some people back at 'home' thought (and may still think) that I am just trying to escape my duties at 'home' by travelling and that I am only seeking pleasure. But the truth is I am seeking a life that I feel can be much more meaningful than the one that I was getting. I believe there is more to my life than what they can imagine me doing in their narrow-minded heads.
I am not escaping life. I am just refusing to let it escape.
Daniel: Everyone, no matter their education, age or culture, has something unique to teach everyone else. Everyone has something to tell you that you don't know yet. It's worth speaking with and - especially - listening to people; share your experiences and your self, get to know one-another and learn! Currently, I am learning/studying/reading about and would love help with/discussing/widening my knowledge and information pertaining to: - Cantonese (the Language) - French (the Language) - Indonesian (the Language) - Hebrew (the Language) - Modern Standard Arabic (the Language) - The Applications and Histories of Various Martial Arts (especially, currently, Shōtōkan Karate) - Violin (the Musical Instrument) Formally, I am able to teach: - Music (Piano, Singing, Trumpet, Flute) - Martial Arts (Swordwork, Kenjutsu, Fencing) - Biology (Anatomy, Evolution, Exercise Science) - History (World History, Classics) - Linguistics (Language History, Families, Grammar) - English
Australia, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Macao, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Turkey
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