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Hi there traveller!
I'm Robert, I live in Brighton. I'm a open-minded, big hearted young man with a passion for travel, culture, music and LIFE.
I have graduated from doing TEFL and Spanish at University, so I am a qualified English teacher now. But my main work experience over the years has been about helping people - I worked in a nursery (kindergarten) and an old folk's (nursing) home. I like to do things that have a positive impact on other people's lives.
I have done some pretty ambitious trips abroad which I'm proud of and don't ever want to stop. I did the Trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing and on to Tibet in 2009 and I have travelled and lived in South America, Japan, the USA, Chile, Spain and Costa Rica.
*I do not smoke*
"Always look on the bright side of life" - Monty Python
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Unfortunately I don't have the opportunity to host anyone at the moment, I do however attend the weekly CS meetings in Brighton, have done a good language exchange through CS and made some nice friends!
I've couchsurfed in Spain, Portugal, Japan and the USA, and only had great experiences so far. I have hosted friends at my place in London (mostly non-CouchSurfers) and enjoy receiving people - I like to cook AND entertain my guests - be warned!
I just love meeting people, exchanging ideas and bits of our cultures. I think I am an ambassador for mine, so good in fact that I should work for the tourist board and command a good wage.
I like to play drums, guitar and break into song. I am always playing my guitar, I have played in some bands and done my own stuff in concert. I love finding new sounds as I travel the world, so if you have any recommendations of stuff from your area, I'm all ears...
Music, Movies, and Books
Wow, I have a ridiculous amount of music on my computer. I listen to a lot of indie and alternative music, current and classic. To give you a quick intro some of my favs are:
Sonic Youth, The Knife, Animal Collective, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Bjork.
I am really into American music - Blues, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass - I got so much joy out of travelling in the USA and hearing the real thing.
Some of my favourite films...
- All About Lily Chou-Chou
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Battle Royale
- Synecdoche, New York
- Annie Hall
- Breaking the Waves
- This is Spinal Tap!
- Princess Mononoke
- Grizzly Man
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had a chat with Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead.
I have touched the ear of the biggest Buddha in the world.
I have witnessed a volcano erupt in Japan.
I have worked in a nursery school AND an old folk's home - which is the kind of amazing that matters!
Teach, Learn, Share
I teach English so thats something I can share with couch-surfers if they want. Beginner guitar too! I like to share my vast music collection, so give me your USB and we'll do a musical/film exchange.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Chile, Costa Rica, Iceland, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom