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...find myself everyday :) and when I found myself, find others to join the journey...
..."all about you" sounds like a lot to write down and since I am trying to write down some things anyway in a little book, some stories from travels, I will try to keep this one short:
since I have first left Germany for 1 year when I was 17, travelling is a part of my life and lifestyle, and I believe that holds for many people on CS. Actually, I took "my" first trip at the age of 3, when we left Romania to go to Germany. Travelling has a lot of advantages, as you meet many people, learn from them and their culture and their experiences and at the same time learn about you. At the same time travelling is addictive and sometimes, as other drugs, it makes it easy to run away from problems back home (I think that running away does not hold for me, but it is a thought I had after reading an email "Lonely Planet destroyed my life").
However, what place do we call "home" is a good question. Being born in one country and having been raised in another country does not answer these questions. We are all citizens of this place, (and as cheezy as this mind sound) called earth, and this is how we should treat each other. It is not easy to behave in a manner that respects "all" other people, but at least thinking and trying to act in a way that is sensitive to the other people we live with is worth doing it. For me traveling brings me closer to understanding how to act this way, but there is a long road in front of me...and Couchsurfing is one of the roads I take.
My thoughts are captured in many nice quotes, one of them:
"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it" Einstein
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
A great greek friend, Pantelis, brought me to CS, and as he told me the people and the spirit that I met through Couchsurfing is truly fantastic, and I have benefited a lot until now, just by discussing and meeting with CSers. Therefore I will continue to travel, meet and host...
Well they were great until now, the first CS experience was meeting and discussing with Sara in Damascus, an awesome evening that I will not forget. Meeting Tilman has given me a friend in Zurich and beyond. The second one was Nanouk, who with her generosity, kindness made me feel at home in Rotterdam from the first instance and for the prolonged time I stayed at her place. Having Pawel host me during the Climate Change Negotiations was awesome, I got to know an awesome personality that I hope to see soon again. Going with 40 CSers snowboarding in Switzerland (thanks Alexey for organising) was the highest dose of CS, fun and good conversations for a week. There is much I received from these experiences and much that I want to give back to the community while having fun.
Books, snowboarding, traveling, South America, Night-long conversations
Music, Movies, and Books
Many and a long still-to-read list :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Nemo (the fish) in the red sea, lots of salt in Uyuni (Bolivia), lots of water in Iguazu (Brazil/Argentina), lots of love (friends/family), a lot of smiles (Latin America/Middle East/India/Friends & Family), road-dotting Croatia and Romania with a person loved, kayaking and rock-climbing in Virginia, a wonderful hike in Patagonia with a person loved, are some of the things that I will never forget
Teach, Learn, Share
Share: Time, Stories, Jokes and Wine
Learn: Russian, Portuguese, Guitar
Teach: Snowboarding, German, Romanian, catching trains always on the last minute, doing a Rubik's cube...
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Italy, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Romania, United States