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Simon Mayer

Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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Overview

  • 59 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Dutch, German
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • I make computers dance
  • School / A-levels / Life
  • From Mossley, Greater Manchester, UK
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About Me

Contemplative, enthusiastic and curious. Potential for friendly debate/discussion/lamentation.

I love to give things a go, and being taken out of my comfort zone is the best way to learn/grow.

I've been told I have a very clear accent, and way of talking. Perhaps I just talk slowly because I think slowly.

I firmly believe the best experiences are things my mother tells me not to do.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

When I used to live near to Manchester, one of my friends was organising the regular meet, and invited me along when it went "on tour" to the town I lived in. I'd never met a bunch of such friendly, engaging, joy-seeking people.

Since then, I became very heavily involved in the couchsurfing scene in Manchester; getting along to events whenever I could. Having met so many people with inspirational stories, I've taken a leaf from their book, and now I'm making Amsterdam my new home.

I say "yes" to lots of things and am usually up for meeting new people; and I love helping others when I think I have something to offer.

Whenever I couchsurf, I develop stronger ties to a city. As a host, I gained a greater appreciation for my local area, and I'm sure that'll be the same when I can eventually host in Amsterdam.

Interests

I love music [see below]. I play guitar; pretty much for my own enjoyment. Give me a tuned guitar and I'll strum out a few obscure songs I know. I'll casually follow most sports, and like to play anything that involves chasing an inanimate object around a field.

Music, Movies & Books

Various styles of music; mainly indie/folk/rock/alternative-country and some classical: Josh Ritter and Duke Special are absolute favourites, but my tastes change from time to time. To see what I've been listening to lately, go to: http://www.last.fm/user/TheJewel

Favourite films include: Amélie, Submarine, Black Book, Little Miss Sunshine, Children Of Men, V For Vendetta, State Of Play, Spirited Away.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Some of the personal connections I've made through couchsurfing are the most amazing things I've done. I've learned a lot from a few wise and caring people.

Travelling alone around Ireland was special, because it was the first time I tried many things (couchsurfing, hitchhiking, karaoke, "seafood"...)

Riding the late night Parisian Metro on Bastille Day is an unforgettable experience.

Being involved with the Manchester Invasion 2014 was damn good too.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can't yet show you around Amsterdam, but we could maybe try to discover it (or any random Dutch town/village) together. I find walking and talking for an hour or two is a great way to connect with someone.

I'd love to teach you to play Gin Rummy (I learnt from my father - and the rules are not the same as you'll find online). I also know a couple of other card games that I've learned along my travels.

I'm actively learning to speak Dutch (I started long before I moved here). Elke week mijn nederlands wordt beter en beter, but it's still relatively basic, so if you are prepared to subject yourself to slow speech and my limited vocabulary, that would be erg gezellig!

And whilst my brain isn't ready to immerse itself in yet another new language, I do plan to move on to Spanish at some stage, so I'd appreciate any words or phrases that you can teach me.

If you cook something, I might like to watch, so that I can learn new recipes and techniques.

Other ways I can teach/share... well I'm a native English speaker, work in IT, know couchsurfers in a few other cities/countries. If there's some way I can help you, just ask.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, United States, Vatican City State, Wales

Countries I've Lived In

Netherlands, United Kingdom

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