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Irenaeus

About me


please click here to see my COUCHSURFING-profile

...but send me request here, please.


now in Kabi till May 2016

Spoken languages

  • German Mother Tongue
  • English Fluent
  • Italian Fluent
  • Spanish Intermediate
  • Thai Beginner

My interests

Hobbies:

see here please:

https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/1268364/profile/legacy

...but send me your request via BW ;)

Books:

Books:
- Carl Gustav Jung
- Anton Chechov
- Somerset Maugham
- Saint-Exupery, apart from 'little prince' he wrote some heavy stuff
- Chuang Tsu (Taoism - Inner Chapters, transl. by Richard Wilhelm)
- Haruki Murakami
- Oswald Spengler (the decline of the west)
- Joseph Campbell (the masks of God)
- Marshall McLuhan (the Gutenberg galaxy)
- Heinrich Zimmer (philosophies of India)
...and a few more

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PHILOSOPHY

- C.G.Jung: "It is a desperate matter that mankind is not homogeneous but consists of individuals whose mental horizon embrace 10000 years [in spiritual development], past AND future."

and for those who believe in their 5 senses exclusively: "Consciousness is but a small island amidst the ocean of Unconscious." C.G.Jung, Psychology and Religion

- and a good old neoplatonic wisdom: "the soul is only delivered after it has undergone every possible human experience." That looks like a long to-do-list... and it would explain a lot of human deeds, the most heroic AND the most cruel ones.

- Chuang Tsu - Outer Chapters XVI "Those whom the ancients called 'Retired Scholars' did not conceal themselves; they did not shut up themselves in silence; they did not hide their knowledge. Just the conditions of their times were very much confused. When the conditions of the times allowed them to act, they proceeded in a magnificent way; ... When they did not encounter those times and conditions, their action was entirely impossible; so they struck their roots deeper (in themselves) were perfectly still and waited. It was thus that they preserved (the Way in) themselves."

- Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge:'What was your Yogi like ? what had he got that particularly attracted you ?" Larry looked at me for a full minute before answering. His eyes in their deep sockets seemed as though they were trying to pierce to the depths of my soul. "Saintliness." I was slightly disconcerted by his reply. In that room, with its fine furniture, with those lovely drawings on the walls, the word fell like a plop of water that has seeped through the ceiling from an overflowing bath. ... And what did you gain from it ?" "Peace," he said casually, with a light smile.'

want similar stuff ? Anton Chekhov, The Steppe: "Father Christopher never left off gazing with wonder at this world, and smiling, without speaking, he brooded over something pleasant and nice, and a kindly, genial smile remained imprinted on his face. It seemed as though some beautiful and cheery thought were imprinted on his brain by the heat... This thought craved expression after he had had a drink of water and eaten a hard-boiled egg. He bent a friendly look upon Yegorushka, munched, and began talking..." i really love Chekhov for his friendly, all too friendly studies of human natures - and their connection with landscapes, particularly in this novel.

- "ReligionS are not necessarily good or evil. They are huge manifestations of spirit and it is not within our power to rule over them." (C.G.Jung - letters I 1906-1945)

Music:

Music: from Baroque (Rameau, Vivaldi, Händel, Albinoni and the less well known like Scarlatti, Avison(

Films:

TV-shows: Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Sopranos, X-files, Dead Zone, Science Fiction in general some italian commedies like R.Benigni, N.Moretti ("non conosci la Sacher-Torte ? - No - bene, continuamo a farci del male"), M.Troisi

Organisations I belong to:

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Travel experiences

Past trips:

Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand (regularly), Tunisia, Turkey, United States

Planned trips:

Belongs to the following groups

Group

Brainstorm

I cannot yet experience the bliss of silence in my brain, so...

Group

CouchSurfing

on CS I am Irenaeus

Accommodation

maybe
Max number of guests:
1
Maximum length of stay:

Right in the center of Vienna (1st district), 5 mins walking distance to St.Stephens cathedral, same to state opera house and Albertina-museum, 10 mins to Hofburg-area etc. Your room (with bed) has a window towards a garden - it's not the above foto ;), therefore quiet with enough privacy. If you bring your own device there is free Wifi from a hotel opposite one of my windows (not in your room though). blankets and towels I can provide.

Usually I am an early bird and not a party guy.

no smoking in my room, please. No drugs!

I don't drink (I don't mind if you do as long as you don't turn into a hooligan; btw, I never really could befriend with people who need alcohol to loosen their tongue), I don't smoke, I have no pets. Sadly I am allergic to anything containing wheat, soy products (and a few other less important fruits and nuts, tomatoes and peanuts most of all), so don't worry about bringing sweets as a gift... except you are coming directly from a place that does Mochi (sticky riceballs with sesame filling) :p

since I had very good experiences in that area, (South-)East Asians are especially welcome.

I don't mind requests with some part of it in copypasta-style but you should send a message with my name and 1 or 2 reasons why you think I should host you - you don't have to go through all the rubbish I wrote in my profile but SOMETHING, anything should make you think ;)

If you say that you will come and then decide not to show up without telling me before or having a good reason, I will not hesitate to leave a negative reference.

And, again, for various reasons I DON'T HOST couples, triples, etc. no matter how sweet, small, whatever your pals are. Only 1 PERSON at a time :)

MINIMUM stay: 4 nights - sorry, I am hard like a rock about this, it may sound odd but my experience tells me that 1 or 2 days are not enough to get to know you better, my dear guest :) besides, I don't want to bother with the superficial traveler who is just rushing through Europe in a month or so, period.

Please insert "MINIMUM stay: 4 nights" in your message as a proof that you read my info.

I Live With:

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Other information for guests:

No smoking allowed
Has children: No
Can host children: No
Has pets: No
Can host pets: No
Max Surfers Per Night: 1

Shared Sleeping Surface: No
Shared Room: No
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Usually I am an early bird and not a party guy.

no smoking in my room, please. No drugs!

I don't drink (I don't mind if you do as long as you don't turn into a hooligan; btw, I never really could befriend with people who need alcohol to loosen their tongue), I don't smoke, I have no pets.
Sadly I am kind of allergic to anything containing wheat and soy (and a few other less important fruits and nuts) but I am ready to suffer a bit for a good piece of cake so if you are coming from a place famous for some kind of sweet please bring a tiny bit of that for tasting :)
For example, in Taiwan recently I found 'Mochi'-sticky ricecake with various fillings... delicious :)

since I had very good experiences in that area, (South-)East Asians are especially welcome.

I don't mind requests with some part of it in copypasta-style but you should send an official CS-request, with my name (call me old fashioned but I like basic politeness) and 1 or 2 reasons why you think I should host you - you don't have to go through all the rubbish I wrote in my profile but SOMETHING, anything should make you think ;)

If you say that you will come and then decide not to show up without telling me before or having a good reason, I will not hesitate to leave a negative reference.

Once you decide to come, please press the button:
'send CouchRequest to Irenaeus'
and fill in the form, thanks =)

And, again, for various reasons I DON'T HOST couples, triples, etc. no matter how sweet, small, whatever your pals are. Only 1 PERSON at a time :)

House Rules:
No smoking, No alcohol, No drugs.

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