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Touring america by bicycle!
i'm a proud redhead. easy going, open minded, etc etc (after you read enough profiles, some things start to sound a bit like a cliche, but i guess most CSer ARE open minded, or else they wouldn't have joined) i do have the tendancy to say inappropriate things, not always on intention... i'm always eager to see things form another angle, which makes life more interesting and complicated at the same time.
i love riding my bikes, as hilly as jerusalem is sometimes (becuase for every uphill there's a downhill...). i also take part of the Jerusalem's criticall mass small but determined group, and try to get my university to put propper bike infastracture, so far with some success :)
i'm no professional or anythng, and my bikes are a heavy piece of metal that is no suitable for urban riding by a long shot, but i love them and i really really enjoy exploring Jerusalm and new cites on a bicycle.
some technicals- i grew up in ma'ale gamla, which is a small village to the north of israel. i did a vulntery year before the army (what exactly is a bit complicated), and then went to the army for three years. after that i did some travelling in south america, and now i'm a student in the hebrew university in jerusalem (started as chemistry and biology, moved to physics and chemistry)
good things happen when you allow yourself to stray aside.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
surfing when i travel, hosting when i'm home. and telling people how great this project is.
i already hosted quite a few people, and it was great. one of the thing i liked about my trip in south america was meeting people from all over the world, and now the world is coming over for coffee...
my major surfing was in europe 2010, during a month of hopping from couch to couch (in berlin- literally), and it was awesome as well. cool people and cool place i've would have never gotten to know if it wasn't for CS.
bicycles, as stated before :)
podcasts- i devour tons of podcasts on a weekly basis. the obvious suspect - This American Life, Radiolab, 99Pi, Dan Carlin. but my most favourite podcasts at the moment are The Memory Palace annd Revolutions. the memory palace is what i listen early in the morning, when i just start riding, and Revulotions is my Hills-Eater podacst (i.e. what i listen to what i'm facing a difficult hill
music- it's like a drug, sometimes...
travelling- i think it's the best thing you can do with your time.
catnapping in starnge situations
the city of Jerusalem- one of the most interesting\intriguing cities in the world.
Syd Barret, Pink Floyd (early years, though), Radiohead (and Thom York's solo Eraser in particular), a bit of Doors, Leonard Cohen, blur, Franz ferdinand, sufjan stevens.
and a lot of israeli indie music. lately i've been handpicking songs rather than albums or artists
movies- Memento, The Usual Suspects, The Fifth element, Hadson Hock, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, In Bruges, Donny Darko, Princess Bride, monty phyton and the holy grail. in general- movies that make you laugh and movies that make you think.
books- for whom the bells tolls, ender's game, 1984 (need to read it again, though), Watership Down, the far side gallery, Eiger dreams.
in hebrew- the blue mountain (roman russi), mister mani, world cup wishs.
i've hitchiked in argentina and chile about 11000 km, in more than 90 different rides. the people of argetina and chile are the nicest people i've met. i kept being amazed by their generousity and helpfulness.
this was the real experience of my trip.
in vienna, i stayed at one of the most famous urban monument thanks to couchsurfing (promised my host i won't tell where exactly...)
Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Laos, Netherlands, Peru, Slovenia, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam