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I don't think I have 'a mission'. I'm just making my way through life, and enjoying the view along the way.
'All about me' is a pretty confusing title, but I'll tell you some stuff about me, and if you have any other questions you can email me and ask.
So, I'm from Jerusalem - have been my whole life, and I truly adore this city. No, it's not dangerous. Not any more than any other city, really. It has its share of problems (again, what city doesn't?), but it is an amazing place. It has everything. I could go on and on about it, but it's better to see it with your own eyes.
As for what I do, I'm a translator (at least in theory), and in a way, sort of an 'eternal student'; I've finished my MA recently, but starting to plan a PhD, if only because there really isn't that much to do with a BA in Comparative Literature and Arabic and an MA in Translation Studies... and also because I enjoy the whole academia thing. It's in the works, for now.
I am also in love with an absolutely amazing man for a number years now. :) Unfortunately, he lives almost 11,000km away from me (long story short: the internet is a wonderful thing), in Bremerton, WA - but we consider this a temporary hurdle. Until then, I guess I'll find myself travelling to the US fairly often.
I'm pretty strange, I think. I'm usually pretty shy and introverted, and yet I often find myself talking to strangers. I think part of that is just from being Israeli - we tend to be kinda nosy, and butt into other people's conversations with helpful (or not-so-helpful) notes, and just generally not to have a good concept of privacy. But I do like privacy. It's just that I'm friendly and curious, and a bit naive I suppose, and I enjoy talking to people I don't know, especially if they're from far away.
I think this covers the main things. Anything else you wanna know, just ask - like I said, I like talking to strangers. :)
If you're nice to people, people are nice to you.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Well, I'm here, aren't I? :)
I hope to be able to host, but can't guarantee it (see couch description)... and I hope to get a chance to be hosted, or to meet up with people on this wonderful network.
Haven't had many surfing or hosting experiences so far (but those I had were pretty lovely), but I've also met all sorts of nice people on my travels. One of my best experiences was in Italy in 2005 - I was in an Italian course in Firenze (Florence) for 4 weeks, and then had another week of travelling, without a set purpose, which ended up great. Whether it was the American girl I met looking for the youth hostel in Lucca, and ended up travelling with for a while, or other people I met in the hostel and just hung out with, or the nice elderly couple I talked to while in the Cinque Terre park, who invited me to spend the night on the spare bed in their hotel room back in Firenze - meeting and befriending strangers was a great part of that week.
Oh, I also couchsurfed in Amman, Jordan, in 2004, with an American girl I met at Uni here who was actually studying there. :) That was a great experience, too.
Ooh, lots of stuff really.
First of all, I'm quite nerdy, so I like reading and books (LOVE used book stores, even if I end up not buying anything - which hardly happens), and poetry and languages (anything to do with language really) and history and art and museums and the like.
But I also like nature and hiking and that sort of things. And I've been doing yoga for quite a long time, and enjoy that a lot. And I like loud music (see below), though I can't stand stuffed clubs. And I like all sorts of little odd things and facts, and places that have odd little nooks, and such.
Music, Movies, and Books
Again, lots of stuff. It's usually easier for me to define what I don't like than what I do like.
In books, I cannot stand what is usually referred to as 'best-seller books' - stupid thrillers, or soap-opera like romances, or such things. I strongly dislike romance novels (so much so that I stopped reading Jane Eyre halfway through because the plot annoyed me, and haven't touched a Bronte or an Austen since... reading Jasper Fforde made me reconsider that stance, so maybe in the future I will try to read a Bronte or an Austen, but so far I still haven't). I usually don't read non-fiction literature, but won't rule it out, if it's well-written. And although I realise there are good SciFi books out there (my boyfriend is slowly educating me regarding those...), I tend not to read SciFi and fantasy books. Other than that, well, genres are so mixed-up nowadays it's hard to make a definition. I like good books. I like books where I can find something to identify with, and where I don't get the feeling the author assumed I'm dumb. I love poetry, but still need to do catching up on some of the greats; so far I only have bits and pieces. I don't read as much as I would like to.
In music, I do not like any kind of electronic music at all, and usually can't connect to rap, hiphop and that kind of stuff. Or to heavy metal. I just can't get it (one exception here: Tragedy, a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees, which is just an AWESOME band who puts on a great show). I also have a general dislike to pop, though some forms of it can be enjoyable sometimes (The Beatles were a great pop band, for instance; and some of the dancy stuff is tolerable if I'm in the right kind of silly mood). Combine a bunch of these, and you just night make me run out of the room.
I like a lot of rock - and my boyfriend got me into punk-rock, which I enjoy very much now (though I'm not very hardcore, and often prefer bands with a lighter, more poppy sound, like the Queers or the Ergs or the Aquabats or that kind of stuff). Also in that vein, one of my favourite bands ever is the Phenomenauts, who play a kind of punky-rockabilly music about all sorts of geeky stuff, and they're terribly fun, and I wish I could catch a show someday.
My mother grew up in Brasil, so we have a lot of Brasilian music at home, and I like that as well. Irish music is great, too. And I enjoy indie (whatever that is, nowadays), and sometimes folk (my sister is a huge Dylan fan), though I tend to get bored of it if it's too experimental or folky. And I can at least tolerate pretty much anything else.
In movies, I can watch pretty much anything, in the right mood. I can enjoy bad movies (stupid action pieces, ridiculous romantic comedies, etc.) as long as I know they're bad beforehand, and as long as they know they're bad too ('Alexander' was one of the worst films I ever watched, because it took itself way too seriously). And I like what is usually called 'quality films', though if it's one of those dark and depressing movies I might choose something with lower quality over it just because I don't feel like getting depressed. I like films that show an original thought, even if they're in a familiar vein ('Little Miss Sunshine' is a good example). I like films that make me think, or that make me feel, or that make me laugh.
I do not enjoy violence, at least not when it's realistic. And somewhat similarly, I do not enjoy comedies that are based on people getting hurt and humiliated. It can be done well, but rarely is, and I don't go for cheap laughs (I also fail to be amused at yuk-jokes).
I guess all this makes me sound pretty high-brow, but usually I'd watch anything. I might not ENJOY it, but I'd watch it. At least, if there's nothing better to do...
I think this is long enough. If you read it all, good on you; if not, well, you didn't miss much. I tend to talk a lot about things I enjoy, and when it's in writing and I don't have anyone to tell me to stop it can get quite long and tedious. :)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I am friggin' amazed that with all I've written here, CS doesn't consider my profile 'complete' without this bit.
Because it's so hard to pinpoint 'two or three' amazing things. I've been to many places that amazed me (Iguaçu Falls, Petra, Olympic National park... hell, I live in a city which I constantly find amazing), and I've had all sorts of moments that left me dumbfounded, both on a grand scale and on a smaller personal level, and I can't make a definitive list. So this is all rather silly. You want to know what amazes me, talk to me, how about that. :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Brazil, Canada, Egypt, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In