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I have hosted a few travellers in Iceland, besides many friends and friends of friends. I have been hosted in Spain, Nepal, China, Russia, USA, Japan, Finland, Sweden, Faroe Islands... I have had fantastic experiences and made many friends through hospitality exchange networks.
I try to keep an open mind and not have any expectations when I host or am hosted. People say I am generally easy-going but there are some things which I do not tolerate, e.g. racism and prejudice. I really appreciate a good sense of humour and especially people who know how to be sarcastic about themselves:)
- Bulgarian Mother Tongue
- English Expert
- Swedish Fluent
- Icelandic Fluent
- Russian Intermediate
- Spanish Intermediate
- Danish Intermediate
- Norwegian Intermediate
- Portuguese Beginner
- Faroese Beginner
I get distracted very easily and cannot usually do the same thing for too long. However, my life long passion is languages and linguistics - never get tired of it. Otherwise I work on the open-source machine translation software Apertium, as a freelance translator and I used to be a journalist for a few years. I am also interested in human rights, international affairs, travelling (of course!), endangered languages... I have also worked in restaurants, hotels, hostels, a home for people with disabilities, a language teaching website and as a teacher.
I try to read as much fiction as I can but have had time mostly for school books these days.
Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerrard, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, Huun Huur Tu...
Ingmar Bergman, Andrey Tarkovsky... I watch many documentaries.
- Past trips:
I travelled around the world in 2008 for five months, got robbed, criss-crossed the USA by train, visited some pacific islands, biked and hiked around New Zealand, got sick in Thailand and celebrated Christmas in Tokyo.
In 2011 I travelled overland from Nepal to Iceland.
Right now I am travelling in South America by bicycle and hitchhiking.
Besides, many smaller trips, including Greenland and some places in Europe.
TRAVELED: Belgium, China, Cook Islands, England, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Greenland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Tibet, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Netherlands
LIVED: Bulgaria, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden
- Planned trips:
I am planning to visit every country in the world, sooner or later. Right am a kind of nomadic freelancer (I travel slowly and I stop to work when I have some assignment).
WANTS TO GO (Places that I am really excited to see): Argentina and Chile (the mountains), Brazil (a boat trip up or down the Amazon to/from Iquitos), Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Bolivia (mountains), Georgia (beautiful people), Guatemala (volcanos), Indonesia (for its nature - islands and volcanoes), Madagascar, Nepal (I want to go back and do some more hiking), Niue (I am kind of obsessed with islands), Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (cultural diversity), Peru (it has many faces), Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu(!), Venezuela (rainforests), Azores and Madeira (practise my Portuguese and climb volcanoes), Vietnam (fantastic views and food), Colombia (for the smiling people) and many many more.
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I am travelling at the moment
- I can offer my hosts:
My lovely self :)
Besides, I can cook simple meals and I make very good pancakes :)
- Other information for guests:
I do not have any expectations regarding my guests or hosts, except for them to be sane and easy-going people. It is enough for me to provide/get a place to sleep and maybe a shower and some local advice and knowledge. I have made amazing friends through hospitality exchange, some of them when I least expected things to work out in that way; I consider these friendships a bonus.
I like BeWelcome because it is open-source and I prefer to use it than other hospex websites. If you are interested in my references, you can visit my profile on CS:
- Please also consider the following restrictions:
- Other restrictions:
*I drink at a rate of one beer per week. I am almost allergic to alcohol and very drunk people, unless you are hilarious when you are drunk (and I do not mean sleeping-on-the-street-with-your-head-on-a-slice-of-pizza hilarious :) ).