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After a few hundred really poorly written requests and a couple of complaints after declining including some recommendations on how to improve the profile I now out of principle decline without comments or giving reasons, but it is usually a combination of lack of photos, references or text on your profile. If you are a newbie read the full page here (I put a long description into the section Roommate Situation) and you get a lot of hints how to tweak your profile. Also maybe meet you at the LKF Havana or Jardin CS Meetup, then feel free to ask me for a bed there and then again. For any questions about HK / requests for help etc. please read the following first :
It is really good and well maintained !!! It also describes the hostels in Chungking mansions which are a cheap option for a last minute stay, so ‘I don’t know where to stay’ is rather incredulous coming here to HK.
Sufficient tourist tips for a three day schedule are here. http://travelonthebrain.net/hong-kong-itinerary-3-days-hong-kong/
I get about 40 requests per month and aim to host about one or two singles/couples/friends travelling together. I look primarily at the profile, read it thoroughly ( I will spend much more time on your profile than your message, I do want to know who I host in case I decide to), and then hit the accept or decline button, as I see fit. Thus don't spend a lot of time on writing a long message, just which two days you wish to be hosted and why you want to meet me (as opposed to go to a hostel or another host - items such as
A. mutual academic interest you want to talk about (see below)
B. mutual hobby you want to explore (see below)
C. potential romantic interest you want to evaluate further (I know these days it is a lot more trickier and awkward and theoretically discouraged, but I have friends who met on CS and are now married and still travelling regularly, so as a die hard romantic wouldn't completely want to discount the possibility that Ms. Perfect just shows up on the doorstep)
D. a mutual friend (by far best option) who recommended you to stay with me and would vouch for you as a good guest in a separate message to me-
plenty of pointers for hobbies and interests given below. So please indicate A, B, C or D in your request).
In combination with a good profile (see room mate situation, though 15 references, 15 photos and a long description of your hobbies and travels is a good start) , this will give the activity of a conversation with you a good chance of being considered as a great alternative to me meeting friends, drinking with colleagues, going to the movies, reading a book or playing a computer game, which would be my normal evening / morning pastime in HK. And for most people - this is in some form or another the decision matrix when deciding on whether to host you or not.
I decline requests without explanation/ do not respond to messages, if the answer is already included in the schedule or the hosting requirements or travel tips. For that case the recommendation is to go to the Yesinn in Yau Ma Tei, you can check with Fiona on CS HK or with the reception +852 2771 8088 whether there is something still available. Otherwise there are about a dozen hostels in Chungking Mansions at Tsim Sha Tsui Station - quite an experience. If you are just travelling through - a place to keep your luggage is https://www.tripsavvy.com/where-can-i-find-left-luggage-facilities-and-lockers-in-hong-kong-1535879
If you are travelling with another person, that person needs to also have a CS profile with a full text and photos and some references, though not as many as you.
Please note I host for two nights at a time, extensions are offered spontaneously, but not on request and not before. Requesting for more than two nights means you either have not read the profile or have a good reason to believe I would want to host you for more nights.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I love meeting people and getting to know them in a short time while they are here. I have had phenomenal conversations, funny, deep, and in two cases almost turning into romance were it not for the rigid travel plan of the guest. But the latter is the exception - however the case of making a friendlike acquaintance to look forward to meeting again on a different occasion is something to be aspired to.
I like interesting discussions (psychology, philosophy, ancient history, travelling experiences) and hearty people (infectious laughs, spontaneity, ‘banter’, british comedy – after staying a year in Brazil I came to love the south American positive view on enjoying life (epitomized for me in the small cities carnival and the book a caricia essencial from Shinyashiki) ). I also like Whisky and wine, specialty coffee and honey, and if you these happen to be your hobby as well, we can sample a bit. I make an excellent hot chocolate and can even give an open ear if the traveller blues happen to hit while at my place.
I take hosting ethics extremely serious, so obviously unwanted advances are a complete no-go, and indeed Couchsurfing truly should not be considered a dating platform as some female guests of mine have told me a lot of male counterparts have apparently started treating it as, but two past couch surfers pointed out two very thoughtworthy observations:
1. A bit of frolicking and a few snogs (B.E. for kissing) can be excellent pastime after a few glasses of wine watching the skyline, if the other person is likewise inclined.
2. there are not many funny, intelligent and well-travelled people in the world to go around, and CS definitely has a much higher percentage of them than the average pub population, and if one ended up talking all night on life, the universe and everything, and then the other party also knows the one and only answer, life is too short to just put on the professional mask and bid a polite farewell.
I have couchsurfed in Eastern Europe and South America, but now being more stable in Asia, I have now the world coming to me.
Ancient history, mathematics, travelling, cultures, languages (both modern and ancient), psychology and philosophy (ancient greek philosophy, Existentialist, Yalom, Fromm, ...), getting to grips with my Nikon D7100 and lenses, learning about coffee, cooking (I have a Thermomix and love it)
- massage therapy
- video games
- craft beer
- ancient history
- big data
- ancient cultures
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, To Have or To Be, The Art of Loving (Fromm), travel books, Financial theory and corporate policy, Hull Derivatives, ...
Movies: Many, quite a cinemaniac. But I suppose the Fools rush in, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Star Wars, Star Trek, Keeping the Faith, Mary Poppins, My fair lady, Tatort, Loriot, many others
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
2 months volunteering as maths teacher in Nepal
6 months spent in Sao Paulo including visit to Iguacu
Camel Trip in Rajasthan
1 month travelling the Silk Road (Urumqi/ Turfan / Dunhuang / Lanzhou / Xi An / Guilin / Chengdu).
Teach, Learn, Share
Studied Mathematics at University and thus should be able to explain a few things. Loved reading philosophy and psychology books in the last years.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Rowing ergometer if you need to burn some calories
Pavoni Espresso and Bialetti Mokka
A reasonably sized philosophy and psychology library
Whisky, Wine and craft beer to supplement conversations.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Moldova, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Nepal, United Kingdom