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8 years on CS, hosting, being hosted, and traveling :D
Currently traveling from Mexico to Bolivia
And thinking what exactly I want to study when back home in Barcelona
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To be a traveler, a citizen of the world, not a tourist
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
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...
I am also into home swap
Food (all aspects: science, history, culture, supply chain, environment, ethics, taste, cooking...), contemporary art exhibitions & architecture, history, volcanoes, cheese, photography, languages...
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: alternative, dance rock & electro (e.g. Hot Chip)
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)...
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), Her...
TV Series: The Big Bang Theory, Tell Me You Love Me, Battlestar Galactica, Rome, Archer, Vikings, Games of Thrones...
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 from Nice (France), Mediterranean, Thai, Japanese...
Share: my flat and terrace for CS meetings
Learn: digital photography , Catalan and Japanese
What I Can Share with Hosts
Make food from Nice (France), Mediterranean, Thai, Japanese or sangria
Chats about travel, food industry ethics and food supply chain sustainability
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, France, Spain, United Kingdom