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Stuart Blackburn

Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

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Overview

  • 17 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Researcher - in Biology & for TV, Ad...
  • Mostly university, with a generous l...
  • From Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To discover the perfect balance between adventure and home. (Taking my family with me doesn't work that well!)

ABOUT ME

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.]

PHILOSOPHY

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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Purely positive! My flatmates are also on CS, and we all tend to get involved and look after whoever comes to stay. We're a mix of guys and girls, students and workers, but we're all much alike and are really welcoming to guests. Most of our couchsurfers have arrived to some sort of party going on, so you'll have a good time if you come to stay. :)

Interests

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 & Books

Top 5 books:

Very Good, Jeeves - PG Wodehouse The Unbearable Lightness of Being Red Plenty One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest The Dice Man

Favourite music:

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!)

Films: Amelie 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, Plurinational State of, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, United Kingdom

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