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The Art of Getting By.
Some insightful knowledge I acquired about myself through years of experience, hard pyhsical labour, self-reflection...and The Internet:
Even after watching a three-hour-performance of the Balanchin-ballet in Stanislawsky theatre (Moscow) I am still able to assemble an IKEA Billy shelf in exactly 17 minutes - which is less than their average intermission.
I don't like zucchini.
If I could freely choose my super power, it would be instantly understanding and speaking every language.
If this were Firefly, I would be Shepherd Book.
I love learning idioms in foreign languages, then ruthlessly translating them into English. I might drill a hole in your stomach nagging you for some in your lingo. You only understand trainstation? Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it!
After one year living and traveling in Asia there's virtually nothing I can't explain with body language.
I admire an ingeniously designed public toilet just as much as I would a piece of art. The nicest restrooms can be found at The Tate Modern in London.
I high-five people.
I think an elephant is the perfect pet, because it is easily washable and its grey colour goes with practically every outfit!
I always read the last paragraph of a book first. Think about it: Everyone can write a decent introduction, but if the last sentences of a story still got you hooked - now that's a book you want to read!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela.
"I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members."
- Groucho Marx
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Surfing & Hosting.
Some of the best experiences of my life so far happened surfing someone elses couch and inviting people over to stay at my place. Getting introduced to Couchsurfing before moving to Russia made me feel like actually going home to visit long-known friends rather than arriving in a new country as a complete stranger. Since then Couchsurfers taught me a million things: How to take life easy and how to take it serious at times, how to live with minimal amenities and still be grateful, how to leave your comfort zone, how to be humble, how to question yourself but have an answer handy when other people do, how to be the person you want to be rather than being the person people expect you to be.
Art. Literature. Photography. History. Cuisine. Black Humor. Train rides. Travel. Languages. Cinema. Spacerowanie. Coffee.
Music, Movies, and Books
The Master and Margarita, Elementary Parts, Love in the Times of Cholera, Life of Pi, Making History, Berlin - Moskau, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Joke, Platform, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 99 Francs
Gogol Bordello, Jazzpospolita, Beatsteaks
If things explode and people talk in catchy one-liners, you can count me in!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've done and seen tons of amazing things - firstly because I lavishly apply the term "amazing" to a multitude of situations, secondly because I have the attitute (problem?) of rarely ever being underwhelmed by life.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm promoting travel in Eastern Europe, because in my opinion it is one of the most welcoming and inspiring regions in the world. I've done the Transsiberian Railway twice, hiked in the Tatra Mountains, canoed along the Masurian Lakes, indulged in midnight bathing sessions at the spas in Budapest, walked over frozen Lake Baikal and partied at Przystanek Woodstock festival. If you're willing to go the extra mile Eastern Europe is a very rewarding destination and I'd be more than happy to help you with your travelling plans.
Things I shared with Couchsurfers include many beloved memories, several meals, travel experiences, a toothbrush and the occasional floor. To be continued...
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Latvia, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russian Federation, United Kingdom