Bernard McNerney

속초, 강원도

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  • 53 References 31
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Irish, Korean
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • English Teacher
  • Business & Law
  • From Longford, Ireland
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About Me

[NOTE: I live in Ganseong, Goseong County which is about 45 mins north of Sokcho by local bus / 25 mins in a taxi. Map:

If you're going to Seoraksan National Park, it's about a 30 minute bus ride from Sokcho downtown; so in total about 1.5 hours from my apartment.]


I'm an Irish guy who enjoys travelling the world, teaching English and a little bit more travelling.

In '13, I travelled through India, North America & Taiwan before returning to Ireland for a few months. In '14, I toured the USA with an arts project - ALLEY ART - we hosted pop up art events in 14 different cities -

I came back to Korea in 2015 for one more year (I was already here for 2011-2013). Soon I will finish in Korea (March '16) and begin some travelling and vibing, before moving to London to begin a teacher training PGCE course.

So... perhaps I can't host you, but message me anyway and I'll check my schedule.

I'm outgoing, positive, chatty and social.

I have some videos on Instagram of local beaches, delicious foods, & cute Korean dogs. All in glorious slomo:


"Learn to love and live, Live to love and learn, Love to live and learn."

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I aim to show my guests a good time in my town, introduce them to some local food/places and culture. And to provide them with Korean facemasks, obviously.


All positive so far; I see CouchSurfing as an introduction to something I want to do in the future - open a B&B/hostel.


Very many:
music - movies - meeting people - challenging experiences - duvet days/sleeping - partying - travelling - getting out of my comfort zone - the weird part of YouTube - eating - sending postcards - watching a lot of Netflix

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: I have a broad taste in films, and am particularly drawn to dark, depressing dramas. It's the ying to my yang. Favourites include: American Beauty, The Matrix, Magnolia, Eddie Scissorhands, Black Swan, Amelie, Tarantino movies and tonnes, tonnes more.
Last movies I loved: What We Do In the Shadows - Inside Out

TV Shows: As an English teacher in Korea, it is my duty to watch a lot of TV shows. Game of Thrones, True Detective, Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Wet Hot American Summer, Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock, Sense8, OITNB, X-Files, Homeland, RuPaul's Drag Race.

Music: Everything & anything goes here, from pop schmaltz to Marilyn Manson. Have a penchant for alt female singers (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann) and movie soundtracks (classical or otherwise).
Currently addicted to HER soundtrack & Beach House & Grimes & Jamie XX.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Laos. Ziplining in the rainforest. Living in treehouses. Trying to find gibbons!

Was interviewed by the NYTimes for an article about Ireland:

Made a roadtrip video which was featured on the Huffington Post!

Road my shitty bike ~500km down the east coast of Korea, just for the lolz.

Helped to open a cafe in Taiwan!

Teach, Learn, Share

Skills I can teach you: How to speak some basic Irish - how to slalom on rollerblades - general computer/tech/phone advice

What I Can Share with Hosts

My bicycle - my rollerblades (size 11) - maybe a breakfast if I'm feeling generous - my movie/tv show collection - my chilled vibes - my music vibes

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Japan, Laos, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Ireland, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, United States

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