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Andra and Razvan

Chengdu, Sichuan, China

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Overview

  • 48 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Romanian; learning French, Italian, Spanish
  • 30, Other
  • Member since 2009
  • IT: Andra: pottery maker working in ...
  • Andra:Graduated from the University ...
  • From Horezu (grew up in) / Bucharest (lived in for 7 years)
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Thirst for life; be inspired and inspire

ABOUT ME

We're a young couple with some big dreams.Since we've caught the travel bug in 2010 (1 month circuit in Middle East), we're now planning on seeing the entire world, discover and learn as much as possible about other cultures, people & places.The adventure continued in this direction in spring 2011 with a 6 months sabbatical planned for Asia. An unexpected change of plans happened after almost 3 months of vagabonding and we ended up living in China for one year.A bit about ourselves:Andra: I have an interest in pottery, hand made objects and foreign languages: Italian, Spanish, English & Chinese.Graduated a humanistic profile (Faculty of Letters), but decided for a career in IT.Razvan: profession engineer, working in the gaming industry as a Production Manager. I enjoy(ed) driving my motorcycle, learn guitar playing and photography. Other interests: good books (personal development, belletristic & sci-fi), graphical design and computer programming.As a strong common interest, we both share entrepreneurship and the desire to start a successful business.We've recently launched a website that sets to promote cultural tourism in Romania: http://aboutro.com/index.php?l=enHave a look if you're heading that way ;) it contains more than 2000 entries.

PHILOSOPHY

Limiting your knowledge to what you learn in school or in the close environment around you, offers only a finite perspective over this infinite sea of wonders.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

We offer a room for one or two people - and host as often as possible.
Also, if the time allows it, we gladly join in visiting the city and showing people around.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We've had many wonderful couchsurfing experiences, met new interesting people and even made lasting friendships; but we are still newbies eager to experience more.visited 14 states (6.22%)

Interests

- travelling far and wide;
- discovering and understanding other cultures;
- meeting amazing people;
- tasting all kinds of food (even the stinky tofu in China :D);
- learning new languages;
- entrepreneurship;

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Usual Suspects, Shawshank Redemption, Schindler's List, Fight Club, The Pianist, Slumdog Millionaire, The Green Mile.- Sci-Fi movies and tv-series: Farscape, Firefly, Serenity, Minority Report, Gattaca, Star Trek, Avatar.- Crime series: CSI, Numbers, Monk, Medium, NCIS.- Comedies and Animations: Shrek comes first to mind :), WALL·E, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Ratatouille, The Incredibles etc.Also, lots of documentaries on National Geographic, Animal Planet & Discovery.Music:Both of us: soft rock, house, dance.Razvan: guitar ballads, Gaelic (Scottish & Irish), WW Folk.Books: SF: Dune, Ender's Game, The Foundation;Authors: Asimov (almost the entire collection), Frank Herbert, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke.Personal Development: 4 Hours Work Week, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Think and Grow Rich, How to Win Friends and Influence People; The Four Steps to the Epiphany.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

1st. We've changed the way we used to see things: from mindless robots who spent most of the time just working and perpetuating a deferred life plan, we are now free souls with the focus on personal development (2008)

2nd. Seeing a curtain of torrential rain just 50 meters in front of us, but NO RAIN where we stood. It felt so surreal and amazing to see it also moving away afterwords and then back to us, eventually to cover the whole area (Bucharest 2010, 29th of May, Saturday - 19:15).

3rd. A one month trip in Middle East with as little planning as possible. It was great to interact with a culture that was new to us, go with the flow and be on our own for a while, on completely new ground.

4th. A 6 months sabbatical in Asia, which we had to stop after 3 months and establish in China for 2 years.

Ups, were we supposed to write just one? :)

Teach, Learn, Share

LEARN: to play guitar, photography and computer programming (C++, Java, Perl).TEACH:Razvan: can offer to beginners a few pointers regarding guitar playing and photography.Andra: can introduce you into pottery & clay modeling techniques.SHARE:Meals: we like having our guests to join us for dinners whenever we prepare something.

Countries I've Visited

Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, India, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

China, Romania

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