"Welcome to Banana Universe - Purple Rain!!" AnnaLupilla's Profile
So this is the space to tell you little about myself. I am 26 years old and originally come from Hersbruck (Germany). In february of 2006 I came back from living fourteen months in Guatemala and Mexico City, which for me is one of the greatest places on earth.
Usually I am a state-proofed educator, but also have been working as teacher of physical education, languages and pre-school and also produced delicious ice-cream for a few months.
Currently I am not working in a paid job. I have the most beautiful of them all, though, as since april I am happy to be Mum of a very cute baby-boy: Alexander.
Generally, I don't like talking about myself that much, but anyway: to get you to know me a little better, here are some facts:
Anna Lupilla, Anna Guevara, Lupilla Rivera, Anna Tamales Gonzalez, Subcomandante Anna Insurgente and many more
Eigentlich bin ich ganz anders, nur komme ich so selten dazu. - Ödön v. Horvath
TV does not really play a big role in my life. But if I do watch, I prefer documentaries about animals, travelling, certain destinations and cultures
Fruit, fruit and ... fruit!!
agua de jamaica and agua de many more fruit
any that is green
travelling, music, languages, reading, walking, cycling, eating, sleeping, going to museums, taking pictures
mainly children's literature, biographies and ... travel magazines and guides
Leningrad Cowboys Go America, The Commitments, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Nicotina, The English Patient, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), West Side Story, Chocolat, The English Patient
soccer, tennis, volleyball, hiking, swimming and cycling
any kind of green (in the nature, on clothes, whenever, wherever)
Although I consider myself a relatively independent person, there are few people who have or had certain influence on my life. Some of them are famous people, others ... act more like my personal idols, such as my Mum, my Grandma and my husband. Some you might happen to have heard of are (in order of appearance):
- Guns n Roses
- Martin Luther King
- Malcolm X
- Pink Floyd
- Leningrad Cowboys
- Alessandro del Piero
- Manu Chao
- Subcomandante Marcos Insurgente
- Lila Downs
I was born and raised in one of the world's most beautiful regions. I really do not feel anything like patriotism for Germany (which indeed is a typical habit for Germans), but I really love the place I grew up and the surrounding region of Franken in Northern Bavaria. Wherever I am, I am always Franconian, through and through and proud of it.
To be true, I am not able to sing the German national anthem by heart. But I do keep the lines of the most beautiful song in my mind wherever I go:
Wer lange sitzt muss rosten.
Den allersonnigsten Sonnenschein
Laesst uns der Himmel kosten.
Jetzt reicht mir Stab und Ordenskleid
Der fahrenden Scholaren,
Ich will zu guter Sommerszeit
Ins Land der Franken fahren!
Valleri, vallera, valleri, vallera,
Ins Land der Franken fahren!
(Viktor v. Scheffel, 1859)
As you can easily see, I have been living in a couple of different places so far. I have fallen in love with Mexico, as you might have noticed and this is indeed, where my heart is.
My Homes Sweet Homes so far have been:
- Hersbruck (Germany)
- Bamberg (Germany)
- Grettstadt (Germany)
- Nuernberg (Germany)
- Merida (Mexico)
- Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico)
- Ciudad de Guatemala (Guatemala)
Travelling has always played a main role in my life. On my first trip ever, my parents took me to Ireland when I was not even a year old. Since then I have seen many places.
Hiking, going for a walk, going on vacation, moving from one place to another, observing, recreational trips, beach hopping, cultural holidays, city trips ... I regard all these distinct actions as travelling.
While travelling, I don't just enjoy getting to know a place or city, region or country, I also like getting around itself. Doing this, I don't mind sitting in a bus for 14 hourse, doing a 10-hour-passage by ship, or sitting in an airplane for 9 hours. I simply love to see the landscape pass by while I am listening to some great music.
Forms of travelling I enjoy include it all: cultural trips with museum and more museums, doing that relaxing thing without culture or any pressure to see as many sights as possible, SCUBA diving and snorkeling holidays and a lot more.
Also, I like all forms of accomodations: tiny little luxury hotels with any comfort you can imagine (attention: I ALWAYS avoid chains and all-inclusive resorts!!), mide-range hotels, cabanas on beaches, sleeping in hammocks or simply camping, but also appreciate volunteering projects during vacation.
So far, I have travelled to several regions on three different continents: Africa, Caribbean and Central America, Europe, Middle East and North America; 19 countries and and more than 500 cities and villages.
For those amongst you, who are hoping to find completed pages here or even are getting annoyed by so many empty tips, let you one thing be told:
As for the fact that travelling for me goes ond and on and on and hopefully never stops, my website will stay under construction forever and a day.
So beware: Major pageworks ahead! Wherever you have a look at my pages, don't expect to find them completely completed!
Now that Couchsurfing-times seem to be over and out for a very long time, I will hopefully be able to dedicate my time a little more to the loads of updates that need to be done on this homepage. Please don't mind if those come quite unregularly, as besides updating homepages I lead a normal life with a whole lot of businesses waiting to be done. So the next thing for me to work on is filling the way too many "Soon To Be Completed"-tips of which I have one, too many here on this page - Cheers!!
I have done and currently am doing a lot of picture-uploading and working on my pages about
Due to my pregnancy and the recent big flooding of our apartment I have not travelled a lot in 2007 so far. I enjoyed a whole bunch of hiking tours around my home town and hope that from now on both, my husband and I, will be able to show the world to baby Alex. We'll start step by step of course with the surroundings of Nürnberg and such.
My trips in 2007 include
- vacations on Spiekeroog Island and a day-trip to Helgoland
- several trips to my very-hometown of Hersbruck to visit my Mum
- few trips to Würzburg, Schweinfurt, Grettstadt and Pfeifferhütte to meet my husband's family
- ah well, of course: for our wedding-day we have been to Henfenfeld
- a very big tour through the city of Nürnberg where got to know many new places, but re-visited even more sights I hadn't seen for oh so long!
- as well as several hiking-day-trips to the surrounding of Nürnberg and Hersbruck.
Some might say I am freaky, some might call me a maniac ... can't help it: I simply love any kind of lists, so here we go, although I have to admit, that it was very difficult to just pick five of each category:
- United States Of America
- Achill Head (Ireland)
- Veracruz (Mexico)
- Cap Anamur (Turkey)
- Aquitaine (France)
- Sylt (Germany)
- Chicago (USA)
- Hamburg (Germany)
- Rome (Italy)
- Vienna (Austria)
- Puebla (Mexico)
is my most important passion. Since I was born, there was music around me. Sunday mornings I used to wake up smelling my Mum's freshly baked cake and listening her listening to music. That was long before CDs even existed, so she was listening to records of Tracy Chapman, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix or Leonard Cohen (who is about the only musician I really can't stand!).
Later, my Grandma sent me a tape of New Kids On The Block. By the time all my female classmates fell for Take That, my boyband-adoring time was over and I bought my first CD, which was Guns n Roses' 'Use Your Illusion II'. This was the start of a neverending love.
Since then I have broadened my horizon a bit, and my favorite music genres are almost any kind of rock (hard, new, old), Spanish and world music. It is part of my everyday life, and company on any kind of travelling I do. Read more in my Travelogue.
I got that traveling gene from my Dad, that's what it's all about. Never get enough of it.
I grew up bilingual with German and English as my mother (and father) tongues. At school I enjoyed seven years of Latin, which is definitely NOT meant serious, I suffered a lot from this dead language, until (when it was over) I discovered that it helps me a lot learning new languages.
My first foreign language was French, followed by Italian (I understand both of them).
Moving to Mexico two years ago, I fell in love with Spanish, which I speak fluently, and learnt some basics of Yucatecan Maya.
In the future I want to learn some Latin American indigenous languages as well as Japanese and/or Finnish.
I consider myself a soccer fanatic. My one and only love EVER is our local team 1. FC Nuernberg. Currently they play in the 1. Bundesliga. We are being called an 'elevator-team' because of one year remaining, just to fail the next year and having to descend to 2nd Division (or even 3rd once) and the year after coming back like Phoenix from the ashes.
Many years I had a season ticket for Block 9 in the Frankenstadion (which is where I got to know my boyfriend, imagine that!!) and went to almost all matches with my friends, home and away.
Despite the 'club', I got sympathy for Cruz Azul (Mexico), Hertha BSC Berlin, Juventus Turin (I once was so in love with Alessandro del Piero!!) of Italy, Manchester United (just because they bet our local rivals Bayern Muenchen in UEFA Champions League final years ago) and the national teams of Italy and Mexico.
Although back home in Germany I don't have a big garden, but a tiny little balcony without sun, I enjoy it a lot. I could plant for hours, even when it's cold outside. I used to grow flowers as well as herbs, tomatoes and some strange plants from seeds of Mexico and Italy. All in all, our apartment is kind of 'green'.
Never in my life I had a car, nor issues to drive on. Don't know, I am just not interested, as wherever I have been living in my life I never needed one. I always had public transport outside my home and important shops and restaurants in walking distance. Despite, I use to cycle a lot actually whenever it is possible, as public transportation in Germany meanwhile really gets unaffordable.
Next to music and languages, food for me build an important base of getting to know a country and its people. Generally, I am almost vegetarian. Generally means, that I only eat meat when being invited (in Mexico one often gets served on invitation as a sign of hospitality. People don't have a lot of money, so to show you there respect, the cook meat. As a consequence it would be simply unfriendly to decline it) or very special local dishes, which I try once to have them tried. I never ever order meat dishes in restaurants or cook it for myself (made Cordon Bleu though once for my boyfriend as a sign of love). Learn more in my Travelogue.
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