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Viktoria Low

Manchester, Manchester, England

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Overview

  • 13 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German
  • 65, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • I'm retired - I'm looking forward to...
  • In my forties and fifties I started ...
  • From Manchester originally from Hitchin in Hertfordshire
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

my journey is my destination - to grow and challenge myself

ABOUT ME

Whoops where did my personal profile go? Perhaps it slipped behind the sofa when I tried to edit it recently.

You can see how I look from the photos, but for me it is the inside that matters and this is my project - being, learning from people, places, creatures, stones and trees, I'm very fond of trees.

I have a mild hearing impairment which leads to interesting perceptions of what it happening - rather like an impressionist painting my aural picture of the world can be a little hazy at times. On the other hand what bliss to be able to turn it off when everything gets too loud.

At the moment I am also interested in Time - since I retired in 2009 I have lived without a watch (I do manage to catch trains, planes and meet people as arranged). But that is also something to do with ageing and what that may mean, I'm intrigued and rather scared. However my initial denial once I hit 60 is now mellowing into a realisation that nothing actually happened. I'm interested in how the concept of age may be interpreted in mind and body and whether that is essential or cultural.

PHILOSOPHY

Umm now that is hard - I guess its important to me that people are honest - with themselves and that they are open to exploring new views about themselves - its important to nurture the open freedom of individual children and help them to learn to love and care for themself, for others and for 'our planet' as my granddaughter calls it Actually I am fairly pessimistic about the future of the planet. I'm confused about whether to contribute 100% to stop global warming or to continue to enjoy the comforts provided by electricity, cars and so on …..I guess my own philosophy is that the Journey IS the Destination

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have hosted overnight and for a day's outing and I have surfed in the US where I had great experiences of welcome and met interesting people. I can no longer host but I should love to meet up with people and share a coffee and look around Manchester

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

All my life I have surfed couches and put up strangers - In 2010 I surfed in Denmark too - CS leads to much greater understanding of the politics and culture of the country I love the colour it brings to travelling and the serendipity nature of the contact and experiences. I have gained a great deal from my guests - they introduced me to lots of new ideas and contacts

I have family all over the world so lots of my travels have been to meet them we seem to be a family that has tentacles every where or maybe we just keep in touch longer than some

Interests

Walking the countryside, cycling, travelling of course, gardening and nurturing the land - My sister and I did some wwoofing in California in January 2010 which was a very interesting experience I hope to do some more other places in the world. I have had a couple of HelpX visitors too and that was another great experience like CS. I like to read and explore ideas learning from others, learning about people, I love music and to dance, playing cards, I love to cook too and right now I am focussing on photography. As in most things in my life learning a practical skill like taking photos turns into a journey of self - discovery I spent the last 18 months helping my daughter with her new born twin sons - wow that's been work but so many laughs as well, and I have witnessed and loved them what a privelege. When I push them along and one points up saying 'sky' and checking it out by watching my face my heart melts.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies - La Vie en Rose; Grow Your Own; The Age of Stupid; anything by Mike Leigh; Sicko; A boy called Dad; London River; Wild Target its a bit eclectic Waste Land - what an inspiration Music - I can never remember the types or names just know whether I like it - some blues; some jazz; latin american; indian (and the hymns I was brought up with in a baptist chapel)Books - I just enjoyed the Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbary! and The Quiet Child by Peter Hoeg, I liked the Borderliners by him too. Most novels by Toni Morrison and many others - Is there anyone out there who has read City of Glass by Marge Piercy and would like to discuss it? And Mara and Dan by Doris Lessing - well anything by Doris Lessing. I'm currently reading Soul Mountain - slowly. I loved The Blood of Flowers; What the Body Remembers sticks in my mind so that must have been good too ....

One Amazing Thing I've Done

That's hard there is one everyday - clouds perhaps I'm trying to capture the wonder of clouds with my camera. Have I only just noticed them or is global warming creating more and wonderful cloud formations?

Teach, Learn, Share

I want to learn more about Transition Towns, spirituality, cooking nurturing ourselves through food, ideas in philosophy I can share my knowledge about ideas and ways in which society operates and bodies and so on, I used to be a univeristy lecturere teaching social work students, I have run services for people who are older and people who have learning difficulties and people with emotional and mental distress so I have ideas and some knowledge in these areas, I am a counsellor and did some reflexology learning I can garden and know some things about companion planting and compost making.

Countries I've Visited

Netherlands, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom

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