James Briggs

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

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  • computer programmer, mandolinist
  • University of Edinburgh; Physics
  • From Daviot, Scotland, UK
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About Me


learn to cook


I come from a wee town called Daviot in Aberdeenshire in Scotland.

I love music, festivals, languages and meeting people from completely different backgrounds to myself.

I discovered couch surfing while in Vienna. I was doing a project at the university and wanted to learn German in my spare time. I found about couch surfing and used it just to meet people in my vicinity who were interested in meeting up to have a conversation with me. I realised then how powerful cs is just for meeting new people nearby and not just for surfing.
Using cs for learning German was a great idea and was really effective.
I later used it to actually surf!


Don't panic!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I attended the weekly meetings and German speaking evenings in Vienna every week and I have shown a few people around Vienna.

Done some surfing and have met up with local surfers for drinks etc as I pass through their towns.

I've never hosted before, but would be interested to try it.


The meetings and events in Vienna are great! I have met many new people learned plenty of Wiener Deutsch.

I surfed a bit in Belgium.
With Herman Schlepens in Gent. 08/2011


I am a computer programmer so I love technology and geeky stuff. :)
I am interested in languages also. I previously used couchsurfing a few years back to learn German (with a Viennese twist!).

Amateur astronomy.
I love music and going to gigs and festivals.

I am a keen musician. I play bass, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and a little bit of piano. Like to play rock, blues and British folk music.
Love hiking in the mountains and just general exercise and sports.
I also like cooking especially for other people :)

Music, Movies, and Books

Some uninformative genre titles: Classical, rock, electro, noise.
Currently spinning: Arvo Paert, Oliver Messiaen, Bach, Tom Waits, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, Beefheart, the residents.

Authors: Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchet, Arthur C. Clarke, Joseph Heller, Dostoyevsky.

Love science fiction films and also far out avant-garde foreign movies!
2001, 7th Seal, Fear and Loathing, Taxi Driver, Koyaanisqatsi, Movies from RW. Fassbinder, Woody Allen.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Doing astronomy in the Tatras mountains in Poland with some great friends.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you English or German.
Mandolin, whistle, guitar...
Slap bass.
How to write computer programs.
How to blow smoke rings. (not anymore! I QUIT haha!)
I can teach what I know about cooking and share some great recipes that I've learned

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