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I like to trust people. I like silliness and tolerance in myself and others. I like kindness and I like to get the feeling that I see only part of a much bigger, mysterious, but somehow consistent and beautiful picture. I love being around people and touching their lives in more or less significant ways. Travelling is an awesome way to experience all those things, and I'm doing way too little of it.
I used to do a lot of hitchhiking and some vagabonding without money, and I'd love to do it again, it's pure freedom.
Don't take yourself too seriously.
And, with regards to Korakor: Spread your love. Always, everywhere.
If we're going to solve any of the world's great problems (not too likely) it will be through love.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I've had great times couchsurfing and I hope, in spite of it having become a bit more formalized and intimidating, that there are more great times yet to come. It shows me how incomprehensibly big the number of nice, helpful, open-minded people out there is.
I'm a book addict and read a lot! It's always thrilling to read something you couldn't possibly have thought of yourself and to be challenged by new ideas. I like films for the same reason. Silly or deep, both have their own charm.
I enjoy dancing, both silly and a bit more skillfully, to almost whatever music there is (with maybe only the exception of that repetitive electric club DJ music; I fail to understand how people can like music that so utterly lacks any dynamic, smart and/or passionate element... almost certainly I'm just too old).
I occasionally play the guitar (poorly) and like to draw. I am also an enthusiastic amateur at card and coin magic and always grateful to learn and try new tricks. One other thing I hope to learn one day is hypnosis.
I admire the martial arts and do a little Kung Fu myself. I am also very interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, particularly acupuncture because you can achieve so much with very little.
I'm not an accomplished cook, but usually I manage to get by quite well with whatever is available, and there isn't much that I won't eat at least once. Eating is probably my most prominent vice.
Music, Movies, and Books
A few that just come to mind
Books: Against the day, Great Expectations, Hard Times, Vanity fair, most of Terry Pratchett's works, The Dark Tower, A midsummer night's dream, Much ado about nothing, Lamb, Fool, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, The picture of Dorian Gray, Ansichten eines Clowns, The selected works of T.S.Spivet, every book by Neil Gaiman I have read yet, Skippy dies, Little hands clapping, The second coming, The amateurs, Cryptonomicon
Music: Die Ärzte, Beirut, Frédéric Mesnier, Unduo, La rue Ketanou, The Darkness, Queen, Blink 182, Sum 41, Less than Jake, Save Ferris, Reel big fish, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphies, Real McKenzies, Infant sorrow, the Fratellis, the arctic monkeys, so many songs from the 20s, the 50s and the 60s I don't know the artists of. Depending on what I feel like Rock, Punk, Ska, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Pop and in betweens.
There's a world of unknown music out there, I'm sure (and I hope) most music I like I don't even know yet.
Movies (I'm into movies quite a bit): Austin Powers, Wayne's world, Hot fuzz, Shawn of the dead, The boat that rocked, Pulp fiction, Kill Bill, Snatch, RocknRolla, Mean Machine, Get him to the Greek, Stranger than fiction, Dodge ball, Old school, Blades of Glory, Zoolander, Superbad, Van Wilder, Be cool, Mariachi, Pirates of the Caribbean, Matrix, Dead poets' society, Paprika, The Great dictator, Limelight, Modern Times, City lights, South park, Watchmen, Spiderman, old Kung Fu movies, Cry baby, Shoot'em up, Sin City, The nightmare before Christmas, Scott Pilgrim vs the world
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Seen Mount Fuji from some small nameless mountain summit surrounded by the wilderness of Tanzawa Mountains, panting and drenched in sweat but with the feeling that I can get everywhere in this world just by means of my body
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: some songs on the guitar, some very simple magic coin and card tricks, acupuncture basics and of course as much German as you like
Learn: Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Gaelic and improving my French by talking
I'd like to learn everything extraordinary or useful in any way, songs or poems, magic of all kinds, whatever there is of unusual medical knowledge, fighting techniques, good cooking receipes and things I can't even imagine at the present... your trick for whatever you are good at.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Who knows, some interests and fascinations probably, sympathy hopefully, some fun or deep or useful conversations maybe, we'll have to try and see.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Cambodia, China, Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Germany, Japan, Philippines