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It's like 6 weeks until I head out again... it'll be a great three plus years though.
I'm pretty easy-going, have a fairly keen sense of adventure and will pretty much try anything once - hence why I've been nicknamed Crazy Australian by a couple of Middle East travel buddies. I like learning from people and experiencing new places and faces. I can't have kids, don't want a mortgage or to get married, it all gets in the way of stamps in the passport. I try not to take myself too seriously but I won't stand for cruelty and intolerance. I research but don't plan... If you want to know anything about me just ask, I'm not a secretive person though I can be shy. I have bad habits like the rest of us, but I'm not afraid of hard work or getting out into the real world.
I'm not religious, but one thing that gets me through those times I wish I'd never left my own couch is the serenity prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference."
That and you just have to learn to laugh at yourself.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've been a member of CS for a while now, but haven't really participated all that much I admit. Researching my upcoming travels and talking to people about where to go and what to expect I've been really impressed by the level of people's involvement.
I'm moving to Vancouver in February and when I get back from a 6 week holiday I'm planning on getting involved in what's happening with CS a lot more. I'm excited about the prospect actually!!
We camped - as in the tent type - in a few back yards in Nepal. The locals seemed to think it was more funny than anything, especially when it came to teaching us the local names for a few fruit and vegetables!
I've met a lot of people on my travels and have stayed with many of them on subsequent trips. There's nothing like having a local show you around a city to help you fall in love with it.
People and places, can't get enough of them. That's probably why I'm eventually looking at studying Anthropology at PostGrad level I guess. There's a LONG list of places yet to be experienced though... I party with friends, work hard, long to see the whole world, and have a long list of knitting requests from pests and loved ones (my stuff's all over the world).
Music, Movies, and Books
My hard and fast rule when it comes to books, movies, T.V etc. is "no scary". I'm a big sook who just can't cope with it, my brain won't switch off, I don't sleep for a week and I jump at the slightest noise at night!
I love reading, period. I use fantasy as escapism and really enjoy the works of Robin Hobb and Juliet Marillier among others. My other favourite genre is the real life story, especially the idea of understanding history and politics - not so much the ones about how the author had a crap childhood. I want to understand how the world works, and I want to know what the media won't tell us. I want to know how our history plays a fundemental role in our present and our future.
I've read Wuthering Heights about 10 times since I was 15. There just doesn't seem to be enough time for me to read all the books that go onto my 'one day' list though.
Movies etc., well, I like a good romantic comedy - show me a girl that doesn't love a chicl flick! And one can't go past a good musical. But I'm also into action, animation, comedy (there's something about a good Adam Sandler movie that just gets me going every time), war. Some of my favourites are the original Sabrina (I love Bogart), Guys and Dolls, Rocky Horror, Monsters Inc., Tears of the Sun, Band of Brothers, Mad Max, The Princess Bride... What I really love is a good documentary, the sort you flick the channel onto half way through and you can't change the channel again even though you know you've missed half of it.
Music: where would I start? I honestly listen to prety much everything expect death metal. My music collection has something for every mood and moment.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I spent Christmas Eve at 4,000m above sea level in Nepal. I've gone on board a merchant boat at one of Vietnam's floating markets and spent four amazing days trying not to get killed while on the back of a motorbike with a guy who had no license. I've seen the Peace Park in Hiroshima after thousands of paper cranes have been laid on Sadako's monument. I lived in a tent for five months around southern Africa, push starting our car along the way. Travel's like that, there's never only one truly great moment...
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you to knit and crochet, to varying levels of difficulty.
I'm sure there's other stuff... maybe...
Countries I’ve Visited
Cambodia, Egypt, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, United Kingdom