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For those redirected here by Daniel Car, we did indeed host together for ages (until May 2015) so a lot of references are also his :) For those interested in surfing in Melbourne while I'm traveling, I may redirect you here:
Hi all !
My name is Sarah. I am travelling solo for 9 months. I hit Hong Kong and Turkey first, then made my way with a friend across the continent to Italy where we split; after that I spent a month in France learning the language and picking an enormous quantity of blackberries. For the rest of the year I'll be in The Netherlands remembering my Dutch and saving my funds before the long and arduous journey back to my homeland.
I always wonder about profiles because my perception of who I am is always very different to how others see me. But I will try. Most people I know seem to like me so I must be on the right track!
Sometimes I can be quiet, sometimes very loud. I love to eat, to cook, to share meals - in fact I really dislike eating alone. I like drinking good beer, wine, cider and liquor, savoured, with friends, talking and laughing or watching a film that makes you think or cry.
I had cello lessons in Melbourne for ages, on and off, and every time I traveled I forgot just a bit more of what I had learnt. So this time I bought another instrument, a viola, and am traveling with it teaching myself. I thought it would be easier to learn because of my cello background, but that isn't true. It's a completely different beast :D But I enjoy it all the same. She's accompanied me from thyme-scented cliffs in Turkey all the way to the thorned fields of central France; on bikes, buses, and in the backs of cars. I'm still super shy but I'm always eager to get some tips from other players.
I studied patisserie for 2 years before starting on my voyage and forgoing most of it, but I am always happy to go to a patisserie or a bakery and peer into window shops and eat cake. I really really love cake.
I am also half Chinese so I can cook some decent Chinese food, or so I hope. If you don't like ginger or garlic don't ask me to cook for you :D But I'm always happy to visit an old tea house, or to go out for some authentic dim sum. Om nom nom.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I'm on CS because fostering community is a big and important thing in my life. Being generous and compassionate and giving whenever I'm in an advantageous situation.
Couchsurfing is also just a great thing to have when you're travelling, because staying in someone's house and being the recipient of such hospitality is truly heart-warming and I don't think anything else can create the feelings of gratitude in me as this. You make friends and leave a part of a family. And if you're lucky, you get homemade food. YUMMMMM.
Environmental architecture and urban design
Folk strings music - Irish, Mongolia
Music, Movies, and Books
There are a lot of movies and books that have inspired me and changed who I am.
Books: Eating Animals, by Jonathon Safran | Deep Nutrition, by Catherine Shanahan | Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon
Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice | Hungry Ghosts, by Anne Berry | The Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini ... can't think of any more, but I enjoy fiction :)
Films: I like films that evoke a lot of emotion, whether through tragic story or beautiful imagery. 7 Pounds, Princess Mononoke, Ghost World, American Beauty...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Ik heb in Nederland voor een jaar gewoond. Daar ben ik met een gastgezin gebleven, en nederlands geleerd. Drie jaar later, ben ik de taal bijna kwijt (ik kan nu maar simpele zinnen zeggen) . Ik ben van plan om terug te gaan, in een sharehouse wonen, en mijn nederlands verbeteren.
Also lived in Hong Kong for three months.
But I think every day you do amazing things.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach:
Basic Chinese/Dutch words
Vegan baking 101
I want to learn:
Whatever you're willing to teach I'm willing to learn.
One day I want to learn pottery. I love ceramics, or at least the idea of them.
Language basics and grammar basics - of any language.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, China, Hong Kong, Netherlands