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I am Matteo from Austria and I am doing my Erasmus exchange semester in Istanbul. I have a huge fascination in exploring the world, plunging into adventures and meeting new people. I am totally hooked on globe seeking. I believe that platforms like Couchsurfing provide a unique opportunity to authentically explore new places and learn from different countries. I am passionate about other´s cultures and gaining new perspectives and I love listening to stories and discussing about the world, different traditions and believes. To me, traveling is a continuous process of learning and I attempt to improve and evolve as a person, to achieve bigger goals, to fulfill bigger dreams and live life to the fullest. Traveling reminds me to reconsider everyday decisions and actions, and not take anything for granted. It helps me to appreciate life. Traveling makes my soul filled with love, adventure and happiness: Nothing is too crazy to be done. Traveling takes that leap of faith outside of my comfort zone so that I can be stronger and more experienced but most importantly, traveling has evolved into a kind of moral compass to me.
Building new friendships with people from around the world is partly why I love traveling and I am convinced that strangers are just friends that you haven't gotten to meet yet. Every walk and trip I have taken, the people along the way have become a great part of the story. And so I am looking forward to connecting with many other humans, and those who have a similar rambling attitudes to life!
I grew up in Austria but so far I‘ve lived in quite a few countries. My diverse background particualarly sparked my interest in exploring the world and immersing myself in new cultures. I‘m very outdoorsy and active in my spare time and I seek to get myself out of my comfort zone. I am passionate about outdoor sports, economics and green finance, investing, international relations, history and languages. I am a risk taker, a day-dreamer and a nightcrawler and I love to get lost in random places.
I eat vegetarian since 18 years but apart from that I am not at all picky with food (I eat everything but no meat and no fish).
Personalities that I admire:
Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, Albert Schweitzer, Jeremy Bentham, Amartya Sen, Malala Yousafzai, Dietrich Bonnhöfer, Stephen Hawking, Julien Assange, Jesse Owens, Terry Fox
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Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Meeting new people and I hope to learn from different cultures.
Sports, history, geography, politics, global issues and human rights
- whitewater rafting
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
✔️ I gave away my Austrian nationality to strike, find out for what
✔️ Went on a 3 day solo canoe trip in Canada
✔️ Hitchhiked across Turkey and joind the salah-prayers in an Istanbul-mosque
✔️ Cycled 550km from Munich to Venice
✔️ Climbed a 1300m wall in the Austrian Alps
✔️ Meditated at a Thai Temple for 4 days
✔️ Hiked to the Cenote-Caves and Maya/Aztecs pyramids in the Mexican jungle
✔️ Rode 5h on the top of a Jeepney-Bus through the Cordillera rice plantations in the Philippines
✔️ Sneaked into the Ford v Ferrari film premier in Los Angeles
✔️ Got a flat tire on a remote, 3400m altitude, serpentine-road in the Atlas mountains in Morocco and climed the highest dune of the Moroccan Sahara desert
✔️ Worked as an Jetski instructor in a Greek hotel
✔️ Joined the New Years dip into the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal
✔️ Tried Ramadan in Saudi-Arabia
✔️ Solo-Backpacked India
✔️ Hiked 200 km from the Camino Santiago de Compostella and 5200m of Mount Ararat
Teach, Learn, Share
Language, Cooking, Stores
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Laos, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Canada, Germany, Mexico