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Find a new job in Barcelona: accomplished! New mission: keep enjoying, keep sharing
More than 5 years on CS, hosting, being hosted, and traveling :D
- Barcelona is extremely popular, I receive many couch requests (10 a day), I can answer positively to only a few and sometimes I don't answer at all
- please use the CouchRequest system
- I usually don't host people with no references as I think it is better you first connect with your local community (check events and groups) before traveling. It helps to understand the CS philosophy (this is not free accommodation!). I make exceptions though depending on profile and message.
- I don't answer empty profiles and/or no picture
- I make positive discrimination for people from Asia
The grass isn't necessarily greener... but it has a different colour.
Change is progress.
Why? Why not?!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Did a work oriented psychological test some time ago saying I was of the 'participating type'... ah! ah! I am still laughing! however...
Hosted 50 human beings & 3 times same cat so far :Diane & Damien - FranceKade - USAIsmael - FranceDace & Martins - LatviaKent - USADoonie - CatMindy - USARebecca - USADavid - FranceLukas, Martin & Antoine - Germany/FranceEvelyn & Angus - New ZealandThomas - FranceDoonie - CatBruno, Yen & Halabala - Portugal/PolandAlex & Michi - AustriaVero - USACaithlyn - New ZealandTam - USAAntonio - ItalyDavid - France (this one keeps coming back!!!)Anna-Sicilia & Valerio - ItalyZuzanna - PolandRobin - SwedenDamien (another one coming back) & Pascal - FranceBina - South KoreaDoonie - CatClarisse - FranceAvinash - IndiaElsa - PortugalMarie-Line - Belgium, while home swapping in HawaiiZoltan - RomaniaIsabel & friends - Brazil
Jessica - USA
Marc-Andre & Yves - Canada
Eliana & co. - Italy
Bebeto - Brazil
Yash - Iran/Sweden
Tivea, Pisei, Rin & Kim - Cambodia
(yes, yes, I am a lists freak which I justify by bad memory)
Surfed:Stu - NZChris - NZKyoko - JapanMochan - JapanShoji - JapanFanny & Ludo - FranceShanon - HawaiiStephanie - HawaiiBob - HawaiiSusan - HawaiiJonathon - HawaiiTodd - HawaiiPaul - HawaiiFrederic - BelgiumLuke - UKIan & Sarah - UKThierry - UKNaomi & Mark - UKDavid & Fern - ThailandLarry & Weena - ThailandSandy - ThailandBee, Tailek & Scott - Thailand
Anfernee - Laos
Mike - Japan
Akihiro - Japan
Agnes - Japan
Andres - Japan
Mayumi - Japan
Yoshie - Japan
Marieke - Belgium
Netti - Germany
Matthias - France
Sebastien - France
Rick - NL
Gulsah - Turkey
Lots of CS meetings in Barcelona: second hand exchange market, cooking club, going out, chatting till dawn...
I am also into home swap
A bit of all & nothing at the same time (music, travel, food, movies, TV series, books, food, contemporary art exhibitions & architecture, volcanoes, cheese, food...)Currently trying to control my digital camera & Photoshop, may be one day I will be able to say one of my interests is photography
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: alternative, dance rock & electro, provided it is dark or over the top or goes bip bip... and a couple of folk stuff: Interpol, The Kills, The Servant, Hot Chip, The Presets, Holy Fuck, Eminem, Moriarty, Cocoon, Jacques Brel, The Animals, etc, etc, etc...Would like to promote some Belgian bands: Ghinzu, Absynthe Minded, Superlux...Movies: Burton, Gondry, Zhang Yimou, Coen, Tarantino, Pixar, Exit through the gift shop, Moon, Persepolis, 8 Mile, American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, Spiderman, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Farewell my Concubine, El Viaje (Fernando E. Solanas)...TV Series: The Big Bang Theory, Tell Me You Love Me, Battlestar Galactica, Rome, Archer...Books: Mémoires d'Hadrien (Marguerite Yourcenar), Métaphysique des Tubes, Stupeur et Tremblements (Amélie Nothomb), Life of Pi, L'Imaginaire Erotique au Japon (Agnès Giard), Harry Potter, The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins), Germs, Guns and Steel (Jared Diamond), On Food and Cooking The Science and Lore of the Kitchen (Harold McGee), Paroles (Jacques Prevert)...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I am not the crazy type, however I ended up in some memorable situations: almost drowned in a river near Landmannalaugar/Iceland, almost ate surströmming (rotten fish/Sweden), almost threw smorgasbord up (all you can eat buffet/Sweden again), was on the Etna during a (tiny) eruption, organized a sensory test with Gin Tonic at work, played with black light & glitters in the laboratory, chose to do 'death ride' from Atomium's highest sphere in Brussels and skydive in NZ, swam with dolphins, manta rays and turtles in Hawaii, saw The Fiddler on the Roof play at open air Minack Theater in Cornwall, been walked over by an elephant in a stadium in Surin and chased by a wild one in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, slept in a capsule hotel in Tokyo and in an internet cafe in Kyoto, got drenched to the bones in Mononoke's forest, saw hundreds of 'naked' men in a festival in Japan, stayed 2 weeks next to one of the most active volcano in the world and hiked in the largest caldera...
Teach, Learn, Share
Share and/or teach: food like miso soup, oden, zenzai and dango balls (Japanese), pad thai, chicken with cashew nuts or sweet basil, sticky rice and mango (Thailand), pasta con le sarde, tiramisu (Italy) pissaladière, tourte de blettes & salade niçoise (Nice), hummus, special Ashkenazi klups & Gold Star Cincinnati Chili.
Share: my flat and terrace for CS meetings
Learn: digital photography and Japanese
But generally I am absolutely worthless lol
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Martinique, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, France, Spain