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To learn from every experience, the more international the better, and then to share those experiences.
I caught the traveling bug early: my Dad was in the Navy, often away at sea for long periods of time, and occasionally we would be able to fly out and visit him in exciting destinations. When I graduated in 2002, unsure of what I could do with a BA in English, I took a TEFL course: this was my passport to work in Austria and Japan, as well as shorter stints in other countries including China. I subsequently took a PGCE and became a secondary school teacher near Oxford for a few years. I have now returned to academia, in Dublin. I'm writing a PhD on an American writer called Delmore Schwartz, and hope to revive his reputation. I anticipate that this will lead to me spending more times in the States. One of his big preoccupations was what he called 'international consciousness': I like to think that Couchsurfing will help me to expand my own international consciousness.
All experiences are valuable.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
At present, I'm living in college accommodation so can't offer a couch. However, I'm very happy to meet people for coffee or drinks and maybe show them a bit of Dublin. I hope I'll be able to host surfers soon when I'm renting a place with a spare couch.
I'm new to Couchsurfing, but excited about the experiences I might have.
Literature - reading and writing a wide range of fiction and poetry; International Travel; Music and Cinema (see below); Art - painting, life-drawing, gallery-visiting; Cooking; Pub Philosophy; Cricket; and much more.
Music, Movies, and Books
Lots and lots! Movies: I tend to prefer art house and international films - directors such as Almodovar, for example; I'm also keen on occasional blockbusters and superhero movies, however. Recently, I've enjoyed Slumdog Millionaire and have been watching old classics.
Music: Broadly, Americana (singer/songwriter), 'Alt Country', Rock - Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and many of the artists they have influenced.
Books: too many to list here. My PhD's on Delmore Schwartz and I'd especially recommend his 'Selected Poems: Summer Knowledge'.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Everyday I was in Japan (over a period of several months) I felt that I experienced something extraordinary. The most obvious adventures would include the gruelling experience of climbing Mount Fuji at night in relentless freezing rain equipped only with a pac-a-mac and waterproof trousers from the 50yen shop (they fell apart at once); and seeing a man struck by lightning in Yoyogi park against the backdrop of Tokyo's most quiffed Elvis impersonators (he survived; two years later I experienced another non-fatal lightning strike on a school sponsored walk). But often it was the day-to-day little things in Japan that most amazed me; a ride on the Tokyo subway was always dazzling.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach: anything related to English literature and language.
I'd like to learn: almost anything.