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NEW(ER) MEMBERS PLEASE READ THIS FIRST
Just 10 years ago I signed up on this website, carefully filled in the profile, made a donation of $20 (it was non-profit back then), got verified and started to host, go to events and organise events myself (we were using CS as MeetUp at the time). That was only later that I started to surf.
It pretty much changed my life: I met many of the people who are still my friends in Barcelona, including boyfriends, I learned from getting exposed to people from different backgrounds and lifestyles, I built confidence to start traveling and backpacking alone, creating wonderful memories... a dynamic still pretty much alive in my life to this day.
I have always tried to keep the balance between how much I have received from this community, and how much I give back. So far I have hosted about 50 human beings (and same cat, 3 times), and surfed about 40 times.
So do me, and everybody here, a favour: fill in your profile, with substance, not just cute selfies, because I am going to read it !!! Show your brains and your heart. Get informed about how CS works and what's the spirit: best is to meet CSers in your hometown or on the way. Send me a proper request. Get verified. I wouldn't receive a guy with no references and no verification at my place, it's a matter of safety, but I don't like discrimination so it also applies for you ladies! Shit happens: a friend of mine who hosts loads of people got robbed at his place, all the electronics... And don't insult me by offering me money... yes, some people do!
If you find me too quiet, offer me a drink and get me started on: food, cooking, volcanoes, Japan and Japanism, travel (of course!), the environment, the f*** food industry, Guatemala, etc, etc, etc...
I am a consultant working from home meaning I am a bit in the middle (of the living room) but on the other hand I have a lot of free time (I won't take you by the hand to visit Barcelona though)
Get ready for whatever is coming
Why? Why not?!
The grass might not be greener... but it has a different colour, and I love colours!
Question: should I embrace a nomadic lifestyle, or am I running away from something? I think a number of experienced backpackers will relate...
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Experienced members will know, and newer, just read my first paragraph
Why I'm back on CS after many years inactive? I am able to host again, and I want to see if I enjoy CS as much as I used to, or if I delete my profile
All aspects of food: science, history, culture, supply chain, environment, ethics. I enjoy cooking and spend a significant time between cooking classes, cooking for myself and friends. Ok, let's be honest, it's an obsession!
I do stuff like: pilates, swimming, hiking, learning Catalan, visiting art exhibits, etc...
- visual arts
- contemporary architecture
- art nouveau
Music, Movies, and Books
Hot Chip, Amélie Nothomb, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Vikings, political satires and a long list of other (old) stuff... but these days I am trying to be a bit more an actor of my life, and less a spectator
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The experiences taking me out of my comfort zone, like some involving volcanoes, hiking alone and/or Japan
Teach, Learn, Share
Food in the form of cooking or sharing meals
Show you around my non touristy neighbourhood (I love it!)
Some tips about Barcelona and Catalonia, I guess, after living here 13 years
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Martinique, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, France, Spain, United Kingdom