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As you can see from the counties I visit, I am attracted to places where I can find traditional cultures. This also includes Australian traditional country - that of the first people, Australian Aboriginals.
I am proud to count many traditional owners amongst my friends and acquaintances, and have a Tiwi brother ( from Bathurst Island off Darwin). John stayed with our family for 6 years whilst studying back in the 70s & he adopted my family into his.
I am passionate about being an active member of a community, whether at home or abroad. I have created a Community Arts organisation in my city & have served as President for 5 years then Treasurer... not sure if that is a good thing for an artist...! have now handed over the reins completely to a talented new committee.
CS is my newest community, having discovered it in Delhi in October 2008. I have already have made many new friends & attended a huge CS party in Delhi, and surfed & met many more wonderful CSers on subsequent trips and at home.
Arrived home tired but happy after 9 wonderful weeks travelling around India - for the first month by myself, then joined by friend for second month. First month in the south: Chennai, Madurai, Kodaikanal, Coonoor, Ooty, Aleppy, Cochin, Bangalore, Goa, Mumbai. Then second month to Varanasi, Tripuradevi in Uttrakhand, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai. Whew! Stayed with CS hosts some of the time.
December 2010: have just arrived home from another month in India - this time with NGO WillOurWorld, researching places we might work with rural folk on livelihood projects. Met some wonderful local NGOs & visited many projects in villages, caught up with old friends, made some new ones.
Went back to India for 6 months from October 2012.... did some volunteering, visitied new places, caught up with friends and researched textiles and other traditional crafts.
I live to learn. My teachers are everyone, everything, everywhere.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
As a guest on couches and hosting other CSers
2008: Great experience in Delhi with Mag Greenberg in his tiny bungalow in Rajokri - Mag hosts lots of CouchSurfers & in my short stay met Daniel from Portugal, Anne from France, Sanjeev from India, Steffi from Germany and Adam from UK. That' a lot of bodies on the floor! Ok we were't all there at the same time....
Later in 2008: On second trip to India, again stayed with Mag & met Ralf from Germany, Adam from UK and Isobel from Spain. We all travelled to Diu together for week of New Year. magical place. Met Kalpesh & Anil from Ahmedabad & found they are also CouchSurfers...
Was hosted by the amazing Khan family in Jaipur - was treated like royalty in the wonderful pink city!
Coffee & chats with Girish, Jaipur and Shoma, also from Jaipur.
Have hosted many couch-surfers in my home - one for a month, one for 3 months. But only very special people get to stay longer than a week!
Back in India for the 3rd time, stayed with more CSers, met more at social events and had a couple of disappointing episodes, but the good experiences far outweigh the not-so-good.
Love the online CS community & love a chat with someone somewhere from time to time.
Art & Design
Livelihood development projects
travel, of course
Music, Movies, and Books
The Book Thief
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard - Kirin Desai
The White Tiger
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Hosseini
The Snow Leopard
City of Djinns _ William Dalrymple
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
No Full Stops in India - mark tully
Love in a time of Cholera
The Tin Drum - Gunter Grass
The Band's Visit
Walking on Clouds
Anything with Johnny Depp in it
Habla con Ella (Speak to Her)
The Bicycle Thief
MUSIC - wide taste really .... almost everything except acid rock & aggressive hip hop....
Some classical - especially Handel, Paganini
Classic American swing & jazz- Benny Goodman,Fats Waller, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis; Vince Jones, Edith Piaf & lots more
Classic blues & rock - Elvis, Roy Orbison, Beatles, Abba, Kraftwork
Newer stuff - Jeff Buckley, Bjork (sometimes), Spooky Mens Choir
Special: Gyoto Monks chanting, Spanish music, Indian ragas; African Sanctus; Sufi music; Trilok Gurtu; Jan Gabarek, Leonard Cohen...........
Latest passion: Kandisa album by Indian Ocean
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Can't decide on only one!
giving birth to my daughter would have to be the number one experience of my lifetime. Nothing else comes close! But these are some wonderful memories:
Sipping hot chai under a banyan tree on a mountain top in Himalayas with my daughter
Sharing a coconut with some Mexican lovers on a deserted Mexican beach on New Years Day
Camping under the desert stars in central Australia.
Watching a 30,000 year old campfire emerge before my eyes as the wind swept sand away - Central Australia.
visited 13 states (37.1%)Create your own visited map of India
Teach, Learn, Share
Still too busy learning - but we are all teachers and all students. If I have something to teach, the student will find me & vice versa.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea
Countries I’ve Lived In