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to embrace my wanderlust but to work towards a higher objective than mere self-indulgence!
My induction to wanderlust was when I took my first trip overseas at 19. Expecting to be away for 5 months, I came back to my Apple Isle 18 months later after living in Bristol in the UK and travelling through parts of Western Europe 2010/2011. I tried to make the most of my last few months travelling devoid of responsibility and future decision making in a globe-trotting fashion.
I thought I would probably just chuck in the towel of societal expectation and just travel for the rest of my life. But I have just moved to Melbourne to complete a Global Arts degree at Monash Uni. I'm pretty excited as it's compulsory to spend one to three semesters abroad as part of the degree. It seems a life of structure and adventure has ensued! Hoorah! I'm looking forward to meeting more drifters and interesting folk, as well as drowning myself in dizzying sights, sounds and smells.
UPDATE: I am currently studying on exchange at Fudan University in Shanghai. I am hoping to explore as much of mainland China as my limited ability of Mandarin will allow me. I want to break out from the big city and experience as many different places in between my studies! It says my last login was Melbourne, but I think that's my VPN deceiving you.
"Today a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. Heres Tom with the Weather." Bill Hicks
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Currently my experience is limited to surfing, meeting fellow traveller's on the road and locals in UK, Europe and India. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to host when I get my own place in Melbourne (providing housemates are fine with it). A healthy injection of different cultures will hopefully keep the travel bug at bay.
I love couch surfing, meeting open-minded and friendly people. The immediate openness and trust that you have between people when they let you into their home has shown me amounts of generousity, hospitality and friendliness I never knew existed. You can get by on good vibes, love and peace, man - it's the way forward!!!
Learning from people, places and experiences. Pondering possibility, and often over-thinking things. Trying to balance fun/work, theory and practical experience, private/sociable time... My favourite things to do are having fun, music, dancing to a big fat bass sound, writing, eating, sleeping and reading. Other interests include community-orientated festivals and general partying (although I'm starting to get over the general partying - time for more constructive output and channeling of my creativity, I think!); getting into deep conversations with people I've never met before and breaking down my subconscious prejudices and enlightening myself by travelling around the world (also - trying to act really deep, evidently!). Also one of my interests includes avoiding new-agey spirituality and conspiracy theorist voids (I try to keep my mind open but not too open, you know?! I have a fascination with people's beliefs though) - there are limits and degrees of rational one can exercise, and I'm working on exercising mine!
Music, Movies, and Books
Mmm... movies... I love cheesy classics like Titanic and Mean Girls, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, Candy, Boyz in Da Hood.. Too be honest I don't really watch too many movies anymore. I'm much better at wasting hours away when I'm not suspecting it i.e. telling myself I'll just watch one TV episode and it turning into a marathon full-season viewing. This is how my procrastination tricks me.. this why I'm a pro at procrastination.
Actually I just watched The City of God and that was a freakin' sweet movie. So was Dallas Buyer's Club.
My favourite TV shows are Peep Show, The UK Office, Grand Designs, Girls, Tribal Wives on BBC and anything with David Attenborough beautifully narrating. I'm a documentary over TV series kinda person.
My music taste varies but some of the mainstayers include Massive Attack, The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu, Gang Starr, Chance the Rapper, Fat Freddy's Drop, Burial, Bonobo, Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill.. I guess overall I would say I'm a big fan of hip hop, soul and BASSY beats (with a dose of cheesy pop e.g. The Spice Girls - long live the '90s!)
My favourite books include Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. At the moment I'm really loving Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Burning Man Australia (Burning Seed) 2012 & 2013 - after going for the first time I was left with a natural high for a week- and the ceremonial burning of the man is such a moving experience and brought me to tears - may 2014 burn bigger and brighter! I will get to the one in Nevada one day (if it's not overrun and outdone by then!)
I saw Paul McCartney at Isle of Wight Festival 2010 - the Beatles were my teenage religion so it was truly a dream come true!
Managed to endure an English winter... never again, though!
INDIA! The bewildering sights, smells, sounds and people never fail to excite yet nauseate the senses... It was a challenging, eye-opening, roller coaster of a journey, especially as I headed there solo. Because of my female status and thus my vulnerability ridin' solo, I couldn't really just go 'into the wild' and see where the road and people took me. So I did feel some limitations, but there were plenty of people to meet and unique experiences by following the beaten track. Sussing out my limits is always difficult because I never want to not do something purely out of fear!
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach, learn and share with me!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, United Kingdom