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I'm travelling Europe and Asia this year, learning languages and leaving a little impact. I want to meet people, make connections, make friends, and make little homes all over the world.
I'm studying a TEFL course so I can one day teach English and travel. So far I want to return to China and teach English before I go back home, but plans always change. I'm teaching myself Chinese, but it's slow going since I'm in France. So for now I'm learning French.
I'd like to say I'm a happy person, but I have lows too. I have started meditation every day and aim to do yoga every day too, and that has helped immensely with the way I view the world and also myself. There's so much time in a day, it's important to spend some of it on my own body.
I am also carrying a 16" viola with me, and teaching myself as I go. Maybe we can jam together, or I can show you some viola basics :) I can also tell you lots of stories about Melbourne and also of China and of Turkey.
I also shared a house with Daniel Car, whose profile is here: https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/danielcar. We shared the same CS profile up until May 2015 when we started travelling separately. Most of my references are also his :)
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. I want to follow the rough ideals of Buddhism as I see it.
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. Nobody ever asks for anything in return, and that's just amazing. You make friends and leave a part of a family. And if you're lucky, you get homemade food. YUMMMMM.
Veganism, both practically and philosophically
Feminism, of the universal kind - that is, everybody is a feminist until they prove me wrong
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: Rather than talk about films, I'll talk about actors/ actresses that I like, because generally if they're in it, it's a good film for me. Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kiera Knightly... blahblah.
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.
I can share:
Mah shitty tent
Mah paper 'n pens
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, 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