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  • 87 references 56 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Spanish
  • 49, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Lawyer
  • Law and Philosophy, now studying History
  • From Amberg, Bavaria, Germany
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About Me

I like train rides, hitchhiking, going on long walks, libraries and cemeteries.

Professionally, I am a German lawyer with a focus on international family law and German citizenship law.
But I really try to spend more time studying history, planning the next journey, or writing about previous adventures.

Between 2009 and 2023, I took a long break from my job as a lawyer and lived in several other countries and continents. This slow way of travelling gave 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:

In 2023, I got a bit tired of constantly living out of a backpack and moved to Chemnitz, which will be the European Capital City of Culture in 2025. I am happy to finally have a place again where I can host Couchsurfers.

I am also on a quest to visit all the centers of Europe: - and then write a book about what these random places have taught me about our fascinating continent. Because sometimes, a little village in the Carpathians can tell you more about European history than cities like Berlin, Rome or Paris.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Hosting people is like a holiday coming to my house. (Also, I need to have Couchsurfers coming to my place once a month, or I would never clean the apartment.)

When I travel, I like to meet with Couchsurfers to understand their place better, to get some local advice, to go hiking together.


  • culture
  • books
  • literature
  • environment
  • running
  • politics
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • outdoor activities
  • hiking
  • economics
  • history
  • journalism
  • languages
  • law
  • sociology
  • 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

Bolivia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Peru, Romania, United Kingdom

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