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To discover the perfect balance between adventure and home. (Taking my family with me doesn't work that well!)
Whoar. Well. Since 18 I've been fairly detached from my home town, first with uni, then travelling around Latin America, and then a few years in Japan. I suppose it's my tendancy to move around that brought me to couchsurfing...
I'm a pretty easy-going guy, and feel that loyalty to one's friends and family, and a faith in strangers, is the closest I've come to finding the path to a decent, happy life.
[Culture is everything in life that's essential, but not strictly necessary.]
When I was 9 we learnt all about Captain Cook, Sir Francis Drake and Dr Livingston. From then on I no longer wanted to be an astronaut - I wanted to be an explorer (Cheesy, right?). I remember being quite upset when my teacher told me there were no new islands to discover.
Still, I don't think I've done a bad job so far! After all, it's all new to your eyes, isn't it?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I somehow managed to entirely forget that couch surfing existed whilst I was living in Japan (for which I feel a bit guilty), and stumbled upon it once again whilst doing an internship at the BBC. I've not travelled around with CS yet, but all are welcome to stay.
Purely positive! My flatmate is also on CS, and we all tend to get involved and look after whoever comes to stay. We're both working, but are always ready to welcome guests with food, wine, & good conversation.
Foreign languages (I can speak Japanese and a bit of Spanish), books, how the world works/why politicians think it doesn't, meaning of life (42), hockey, surfing (on water!), and meeting fellow travellers.
Music, Movies, and Books
Top 5 books:
Very Good, Jeeves - PG Wodehouse
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
The Dice Man
Pearl Jam, Radiohead, The Fantastics, The Doors, The Kinks, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Hot Chip, and many more...(quite a lot of recent stuff too, Bon Iver, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, etc - feel like I'm still catching up after several years abroad!)
La vita è bella
Back to the Future (watched them all the time when I was a kid!)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Some Like it Hot
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Seen volcanoes reflected in the salt plains of Bolivia. Jumped off a mountain in the sacred valley and flew over the nazca lines in Peru. Stalked by a puma and helped baby turtles reach the ocean in Costa Rica. Lived for 2 & half years in Osaka, Japan. Woken up at 5am by a factor 6 earthquake after climbing Mt Fuji.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Japanese, biology, how to find cheap trains in the UK, and why we serve 'warm' beer!
Learn: Humility, travel stories, fun tricks, how to be deviant (I am but a novice!), and guitar.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, Morocco, United Kingdom