"Future With a Difference"
Prague, Czech Republic
Speaks: Czech - native, English and some Spanish
Joined Oct 14, 2010
Free Meaningful Education for all.,
against factory farms,
Gay and Lesbian Rights,
||Oct 14, 2010
||Meeting Friends, Professional Connections, Support a Cause, Other
|Group Host of
Amnesty International, DUO for World Peace, Defenders of Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Electing Pro-Wildlife Leaders, Dog Lovers, Earth Day, Elephant Lovers, Global Activists For Animal Rights, Global Consciousness Project - Care2 Change The World?, Greenpeace, Jane Goodall Institute: Race for the Primates, NARAL Pro-Choice America, NPR - National Public Radio, NWF - National Wildlife Federation more »
Czech - native,
English and some Spanish
||Though sometimes extroverted and outgoing on the outside, I am really an introvert /those of you who think introvert equals shy, think again/ - I enjoy 121 conversations of substance (I suck at small talk), I like to spend time reading, hiking with my dogs, watching movies or just watching the sunset on a sunny fall day.
I love the sound of sea waves on a beach, the squawking of seagulls and the sound of fire crackling or the sound of rain on a roof as well as the smell of blossoming lime trees. A rainbow always brings a smile to my face as does my dog with every wag of his tail there's so many small, everyday things we don't appreciate enough in life. It goes for human relationships too, we take the small important things for granted and leave them unnoticed and often express (and accept) love in empty grand gestures instead.
I am a good listener and dependable and loyal friend, blunt talking, straight shooting. I value integrity, sincerity, thoughtfulness and dependability and offer the same. I am quite serious-minded, down-to-earth and intense but I know how to enjoy and appreciate the simple things in life, I like to have a good laugh, I have sense of humor and like getting to know new things.
I don't take relationships of any kind lightly. I need to get to know the other person, dig under the surface for substance and character. And in my world, relationships take time and work, they take willingness (and ability) to communicate openly, similar core values, ability to appreciate the small things and not sweating the small stuff. Always easier said than done, huh? Well, there are bound to be ups and downs along the way but that's part of the deal whether we like it or not and I'd rather use the downs as opportunities to learn and grow (myself and the relationship) than simply quit and look elsewhere only to wind up in the same place before I know it. If the foundations are strong and the friends/partners mature and willing to work through the downs, it's worth it.
I am interested animal welfare, ecology, sustainable living, psychology, sociology, photography, film, theater, politics.
I generally divide my spare time between animal welfare work, hiking or swimming and reading or watching movies. I love taking a good long hike with my dog or go for a swim after a long day of work, sometimes a good book, movie (mainly documentaries and independent movies, though I've seen Robocop as well :)), or a good theater play does the trick.
Oh, and I like music too..the selection depends on the mood but I hardly ever say no to Damien Rice, Leo Cohen, Keith Jarrett or Placebo. Also, I find instrumentals by Mihaly Vig, Clint Mansell, Abel Korzeniowski or Ennio Morricone hard to resist.
I've been to most European countries, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, I lived and traveled in the U.S. and enjoyed it all as it's been a great learning experience. I travel much less now as I have my own (rescue, senior) dog and prefer activities in which he can participate.
I am a believer in animal and human rights and had been an ethical vegetarian for 16 years and I recently became vegan.
I firmly believe that awareness and education are key to tolerance and personal development and I'm passionate about giving back and making a difference.
I've always had social leanings and acted on them from a relatively young age, you could always find me signing petitions, donating to different causes, collecting unsold food to distribute among the homeless, participating in programs intended to re-integrate the homeless into the society, I've volunteered in animal and homeless shelters since high-school. For almost 4 years now, I've been running my own small dog rescue in my spare time (I have a full time commercial job). On top of providing shelter to strays, we provide work opportunities to homeless people who receive moderate wages and shelter in return. Furthermore, I focus on educational activities and work with elementary schools to promote volunteerism and integrate animal welfare as part of the curriculum, last year I created eductional brochures and workbooks that are nowadays used in elementary schools in my city. We publish articles, presentations about the dire situation of abandoned animals and work with vets to help us promote spaying and neutering.... It is rewarding as well as frustrating and emotionally draining, but we ARE saving dog lives, rehoming them and educating children (and grown-ups as well) to be more responsible and compassionate so in the end, even after days I've seen so much suffering that I have no tears left to cry, I feel it's all worth it.
My dream? To have a small eco & veggie farm where we would provide sanctuary not only to rescued dogs but also to farm animals, grow organic food, educate kids and general public to live more self-sufficiently, ecologically, respecting animals, environment and other people and maybe also build a small veggie restaurant/cafe where people could not only eat but also learn how to cook veggie meals, meet other veg-friendly people and learn things and learn to make a difference in their own way.
||Introduce yourself to Hana
|Wild Fact About Me
||You can't build a reputation on what you are GOING to do
|What Gives Me Hope
||charitable behavior, kindness, self-reflection, self-improvement
|If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
||Focus on comprehensive educational programs on animal/human rights, ethics and environment for schools and the public and tackle homelessness (among others)
|What/who changed my life and why
|What Bugs Me
cruelty to animals and people,
lack of respect for nature/others,
hiking in the mountains,
making a difference,
broadening my horizons,
|What Scares Me
Disrespect for others,
||Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act
Traveling and learning about the world,
Mystery or crime novels,
Psychology and Sociology,
Autobiographies and biographies
Alternative and classic rock,
United States Of Leland,
For The Bible Tells Me So,
Out of Africa,
12 by Nikita Mihalkov,
Burn After Reading,
Shake Hands With the
Big Bang Theory,
fruits and veggies
Old Man Mountain -Estes Park,
In front of a fireplace at night!,
St James's Park in London,
Trafalgar Square- London
|Can't Live Without
||Introduce yourself to Hana