Friday, May 23, 2008

Deric, the Man!

Disclaimer: When I say 'the Man' it isn't a sexist thing. I mean a 'person who is living life to the fullest' or words to that meaning

Deric is a very interesting Ambassador for Couchsurfing Moscow! Wading through his enormous profile page, I came across the following stuff (borrowing without his permission, will tell him later when I know him well enough). It's amazing that one man did this all and well, isn't it inspiring!

Deric Says in the "One Amazing thing I've seen or Done" section:

Travel to all continents save Antarctica in one year. (2003)

Ride in front of the train on the Circum-Baikal Railway in the face of freezing autumn breezes for almost 2 hours. (2006)

Meet and ask questions to such world leaders as Eduard Shevardnadze, Mikhail Gorbachev, Mary Robinson and Angela Merkel. (1997-2001)

Go dog sledding on a frozen lake in Lapland. (2006)

Hear the whole 3-hr Orthodox Easter service (the works: matins, liturgy) at Novodevichy Monastery in Moscow. (2007)

Experience snow in Ifrane in the Middle Atlas in the morning, ride through rock desert in Ziz Valley through the day and see the sun set in a Berber camp in the Sahara 50 km from the Algerian border. (2002)

Do the merengue while sipping a mojito in Castro's Cuba. Witness the Easter procession in Trinidad, the only place in Cuba allowed to mark a Christian holiday apart from Christmas. (2005)

Hitch a ride going to and coming back from Selim Caravanseray between Aghavnadzor and Martuni in the the mountains of Vayots Dzor in southern Armenia - my first real HH experience. (2006)

Witness the signing of the Kyoto Protocol and scoop all news agencies in getting the Annex A percentage reductions in greenhouse gases. (1997)

Join a bloodless peaceful revolt to topple a dictator. (1986)

Catch an average of one sprat every seven minutes -24 in three hours of fishing- in the Black Sea. (2004)

Interview Miyazaki Hayao, the world's greatest anime master. (1997)

Go ice-hole swimming during Epiphany (Kreshchenie) in the Moscow Region. (2008)

Cover the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano as a reporter. (1998)

Stand astride with feet on both banks of the Volga at the river's source in Volgaverkhnye village in the Valdai Hills. (2006)

Snowboard in the Arctic Circle. (2005)

Pilot a riverboat on the Shannon River. (2002)
Serve as guide to Akutagawa Prize laureate Henmi Yo (辺見庸)in pursuing the historical trail of a cannibalistic Japanese postwar unit in northern Mindanao, which made up Chapter 6 “The Tragedy of Food in Mindanao Island” 「ミンダナオ島の食の 悲劇」 in his 16th Kodansha Non-Fiction Prize winning work, “People Who Eat”(もの食う人々) . (1992)
Get sloshed before the bulls run in Pamplona. (2002)
Survive a snowstorm in Kazbegi in early winter and get back to Tbilisi in time for my train back to Baku. (2006)
Ride a local train for six hours return between Rome & Naples just to eat la vera pizza neapolitana at Trianon. (2002)

Okay, that's more than one. This is as much as for me to remember as for you to know. :-P

'Wot Da Heck' after this, anyone??

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