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  • 23 references 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Care Navigator Age UK
  • Just graduated with a law degree!
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

experience random life lessons learnt in unexpected places

ABOUT ME

I'm not very good at describing myself (the people who have met me and given me references are the ones who can tell you more!) So I'm just going to say the things i am doing and the things i like.

Basically I decided not too long ago that the 2 major issues of my generation are how to deal with an ageing population and how to cope with the consequences of environmental degradation.

I am currently working on a pilot scheme with Age UK and a new kind of GP surgery to provide a holistic approach to later life care. We have an ageing population and we have not currently found a way to manage the increased use of services that this will inevitably entail. I think this approach has the potential to revolutionise our health care system and create a situation where people are not only living longer but are living fuller, healthier, happier lives.

I am also working with a group of environmentalists to propose a new law, the Rights of Nature, at the European level using a European Citizens Initiative. If you would like to know more about this give me a shout and I will tell you all you could need to know and more :)

http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2363662/being_nature_extending_civil_rights_to_the_natural_world.html

I enjoy practicing circus skills such as hula-hooping, juggling and spinning poi. I love listening to people's stories and am interested in meeting all sorts of different people from all walks of life. I like facing new challenges in unexpected places to see how I will rise to them. I am open minded and love to speak to those who have different views from my own so that I can better understand different perspectives and so better understand my own. I believe in killing with kindness (as best I can!) as I have often found that those who are unkind are in need of a little kindness.

PHILOSOPHY

It is always better at the end, if it is not better, then it is not the end.

Happiness is not just something you feel, it is who you are.

Worry is rust on the blade.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Through CS I've met some of the people that i always want in my life.

Interests

Dumpster-diving, hitch-hiking, story telling, random acts of kindness, FREE HUGS, law, Amnesty, poi, juggling, hula-hooping, reading, enjoying the world and all the beautiful people and places therein!

  • reading
  • juggling
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • scuba diving
  • law
  • hitchhiking

Music, Movies, and Books

Books:
Three Cups of Tea, The life of Pi, The five people you meet in Heaven, The Wasp Factory, The regeneration trilogy,Ramayana, American Psycho, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Pride and Prejudice, If This is a Man, cider with Rosie, Seventh son, the dice man, little women, The thirteenth tale, the time travelers wife. Memoirs of a Geisha, Catch 22, The Tipping Point.

Music: I can appreciate most music, except chart music, that tends to be repetative and unimaginative...

Movies:
Baraka, Waking life, Alice in wonderland, Lost and delirious, Surf's up, Watershipdown, A beautiful mind, Spirited away, Crash, Magnolia, Flash Gordon, Spider in the bath, Young criminals, the good the bad and the ugly, High Noon, Fantasia, Cat Ballou, Indiana Jones, Most Studio Ghibli Films

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Seen:
The sunrise over the Himalayas.
Untold acts of kindness from complete strangers.

Done:
Cycling to the Tibetan boarder from Kathmandu (with the help of the occasional bus!)
Hitch-hiking around Europe with only a bag, a tent, and a companion.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach anyone who is willing how to spin poi, hula-hoop and juggle :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Belize, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Nepal, United Kingdom

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