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Moving and being moved.
i work as a university researcher in the field of international relations/global governance, with a focus on energy transition, postcolonial studies, and African politics.
i love cooking all kinds of vegetarian food (love Persian, Meditteranean, Asian, South African cuisine) & stuffing my guests. i love playing basketball, reading & writing science-fiction, beatnik literature, poetry & African writers, playing RPG games, LARP and Yu-Gi-Oh. People say i have some nerdy features (being a researcher comes with a price), but i am down-to-earth, extrovert, relaxed and curious. Please note that i have prosopagnosia, which means i am very very bad at face recognition. What seems like impoliteness is just me not being able to recognize an only slightly familiar face.
i live in a blended family with two kids, they're 12 and 15 and live 50% with us and 50% at their mom's place.
i've been active in environmental and social movements for 15 years now, both for NGOs and volunteering.
i'd call myself a libertarian, open to learn and reflect. i believe learning is possible in the most strange, moving, sad, funny, and even intriguing situations. so i've learnt
- during a bomb blast in birmingham: being calm
- doing home care for my relatives: also being calm, but in a deeper, more spiritual sense
- political activism: believing in the power of the people to achieve some change
- all the way through my phd: staying curious and never set ambitions too low
- from my grandmother who survived two wars and raised me part of childhood: improvisation is the most vital thing in life!
i am sure there's something to learn from every visitor that stays at my place, and i am very curious to find out what it might be, when it is YOU who's knocking at my door!
due to my work schedule as a researcher i am often somewhere catching trains, so it can be difficult to actually meet up. If i am at home i really love to host you and give back at least some of the warm hospitality this community should be famous for.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
love to host and meet new people; return some of the hospitality and kindness i could experience during my travels. in a very broad and passionate sense: build trust on an individual basis in a world that rapidly unlearns trusting strangers and foreigners.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
me and my partner are offering our couch and our lounge. We live very close to Aachen (15 minutes by train to the city center), and there's a nice lake nearby, which is just great for your morning run, hanging out our playing basketball.
My partner's kids (12 and 15) also live at our flat.
We're vegetarian/vegan, but we're ok with you cooking meat/fish.
Not so much. But not because i am hiding from the world in the closet. In fact, most of the time i've been an active member of the other virtual couch: the Hospitality Club. Check out my profile and my references via my username franziskamueller
during the past 15 years i've travelled a lot, mainly all around europe, but also in south china, zambia, and iran. some of my partner's relatives live in california, so i've spent some wonderful summers between l.a., san diego, yosemite and san francisco. i've lived in south africa and botswana for three months last year. for most of the time i didn't stay in hostels, but at somebody's house, tent, garden...
my next travel plans are once again california/oceanside; we plan to spend a few days either on santa catalina island or in idyllwild. also i want to go to iran again next year.
I love writing science-fiction and was part of a writer's group, but atm I am deeply involved into academic publishing and this constantly limits my fiction writing ambitions.
I love hiking a lot and grew up hiking in the Alpes nearly every summer, so I am quite a naturist, feeling safe and protected whenever I am outside. I use to get sad if there's no mountain silhouette at the horizon.
I love travelling and as my research focuses on International Relations/EU-Africa relations I am thankful that I am able to travel a lot. However, for private reasons I try not to fly but relate on slower ways of travelling.
- world music
- international relations
Music, Movies, and Books
Lots of expressionist and beatnik literature, also social fiction and African writers.
'Ghana must go' and 'Americanah' have been mind-blowing. I also love China Mieville and Paolo Bacigalupi - the best of political/social fiction in a not too far dystopia.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
no thanks/ bitte weitergehen, hier gibt's nichts zu sehen: I do not believe in the postmodern gospel of turning everything into a clickbait lifetime experience (aka advertising your gap year/African voluntourism/hipster DIY projects on boredpanda). So I won't bother you with self-advertising stuff and you don't have to introduce yourself with lifestyle philosophy etc. Having travelled, researched and volunteered for nearly 20 years in many different places there might be quite some amazing sh*t to tell, but still, this is a very postliberal western way of CV building the hipster way.
Teach, Learn, Share
i radically support the view that everybody is an artist/expert so let's just see where we might meet. i love sharing stories, political views, visions, recipes,...
i am highly critical of the self-advertising tendencies here and in other communities. So please do stay humble and down-to-earth and do not reinvent yourself as an extraordinary something. While I was travelling in Iran and Greece i experienced the most humble and open-minded acts of kindness and hospitality and i want to offer this great gift in return, no matter who exactly comes asking for it.
What I Can Share with Hosts
We love to host you and share some travel experiences, have dinner together or show you around beautiful Aachen.... BUT: as I commute a lot I am away half of the week, so I need a little extra planning to be a good host. Unfortunately this means that spontaneous visits are not possible. If you like to stay at our flat please DO contact me two weeks in advance, so that I am able to check back if we're available.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Zambia
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, South Africa, United Kingdom