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I used to work as a lawyer in Germany, but in my heart I have always been an adventurer and an explorer. So I closed my law firm in 2009 and left Germany.
Instead of going on vacation twice a year, I rather move to another country for six months. This slow way of travelling gives me the opportunity to really get to know a place, to learn about the culture, the history, the people, the political and social aspects of a country. Due to my curiosity, I regularly get accused of being a spy. In Iran, I spent one week in prison because of that. - Watch my TEDx talk if you want to hear how that worked out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkdgFEzm0tU
Recently, I have also been doing house-sitting and taking care of people's cats in their absence. That has allowed me to stay in one place for longer. If you have a cat and need to travel, let me know!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Hosting people is like a holiday coming to my house.
When I travel, I like to meet with Couchsurfers to understand their place better, to get some local advice, to go hiking together.
- outdoor activities
- world history
Music, Movies, and Books
A few memorable ones that come to mind:
Martin Eden (by Jack London), The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck), Magic Mountain (by Thomas Mann), Jakob the Liar (by Jurek Becker), Catch-22 (by Joseph Heller), Confederacy of Dunces (by John Kennedy Toole), stories by Leonardo Sciascia, In the Sea there are Crocodiles (Fabio Geda), Twelve Chairs (Ilf & Petrov), Journey by Moonlight (Antal Szerb), Second-hand Time (Svetlana Alexievitch).
Teach, Learn, Share
I am a lawyer. I can talk your ears off.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Plenty of great stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saint Martin (French part), Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Sint Maarten (Dutch part), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Peru, Romania, United Kingdom