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CHA-NO-YU

Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

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  • 101 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Esperanto, German, Japanese, Spanish
  • 42, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • I try to answer questions and live w...
  • Engineer. Reading books. Meeting peo...
  • From I grew up in Laval in the green Mayenne in France
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I want hugs!

ABOUT ME

The beauty of the gesture. The lived silence. The simplicity of the moment. The serene welcoming of the present.
Cha-No-Yu is the Japanese tea ceremony.
I have always liked this spiritual aesthetic of the Japanese culture.

Here is the definition given by Rikyu, a tea master:
"Tea is nothing other than this:
You boil water.
You infuse the tea.
And you drink ...
That's all you need to know."

I am an hot water infused by life...

My wish in life:
"Je souhaite en ma maison
Une femme ayant sa raison
Un chat passant parmi les livres
Des amis en toutes saisons
Sans lesquels je ne peux vivre."
Le chat - Apollinaire

I am a cat !
I'm looking for freedom and peace... and some games and few hugs.
I can be sweet and tender. But beware I can scratch !
I do not lie.
Miaou !?

PHILOSOPHY

Difficult to say. Others may say it better than me.

"Do not neglect hospitality, because through it some have entertained angels without knowing it."
("N'oubliez pas l'hospitalité, elle a permis à certains, sans le savoir, de recevoir chez eux des anges.")
Heb 13,2

"All that is not given is lost."
Hasari Pal

"The sea that I am is drowning in its own waves. Strange sea without limit that I am."
Jalâl ed-Dîn Rûmî.

"All that is not ex-pressed is im-pressed."
Bad translation of : "Tout ce qui n'est pas ex-primé est im-primé."
Unkown author.

"You are responsible for what you have tamed."
Antoine de St Exupery

Life is a lesson of humility.
I am looking for the truth and simplicity.
I try to be my best friend.
There many lifes in one life.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I was an city Ambassador of Nantes.
I was a moderator of the group of Nantes.
I was a greeter for all the new CS of Nantes.
Not enough ?
I am here, simply !

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I used to squat my friends when I was younger.
Now, I have got an home. You are welcome !

19-22/10/2008 : I hosted in emergency Pal for 3 nights
14-16/11/2008 : Hugo slept at home for the 2 short nights of the Ambassador Meeting
15-16/11/2008 : I hosted in emergency Lucy and Carmen for 1 short night
28-29/11/2008 : Cristal wanted to eat some "sandwich au boudin" again so she slept at home ;-)
24-25/01/2009 : Antoine went to discover part of the cultural life of Nantes
29/01/2009 : I met Amédée twice even if he finally did not sleep at home
18-21/02/2009 : Joaquin has finished his "Bretagne Tour" by Nantes
28/02/2009 : Sebastiano was here !
16,19/04/2009 : The gastronomic meeting was the occasion to meet and host Michel 2 nights at home.
16-17/05/2009 : Valéria Yvett came to discover Nantes.
02-03/06/2009 : Marie share a picnic with part of the CS of Nantes. It was a good evening... before a "formalité".
06-07/06/2009 : Eric was back to Nantes for friends, beers and pétanque. :-D
12-14/06/2009 : Eric came back to Nantes for a city tour and a picnic, with some niortais (Sylvain and Sophie). Nice WE.
19-20/06/2009 : Christian started his WE in the "south" by Pele's Party in Nantes.
04-05/07/2009 : Cyrielle came with Stéphanie to discover the south (of Brittany :-)). Leyla's Couscous Party and visit of the town.
06-07/07/2009 : Portorican Salsa with Florence and her friend Emilie. Clermont Power !!!
08-11/07/2009 : Magali and Jonas came for the
RMLL 2009 in Nantes. It was nice to share time with them.
13-14/08/2009 : Chiara and Michele have just time for a good visit of Nantes. Interesting meeting.
14-15/08/2009 : Annarita came to fill my "carnet de bal". Let dance in the Duke's castle !
22-23/01/2010 : Short stay for Kathryn but it was sweet.
05-08/02/2010 : Eric came again, with some surprise guests : Morgane and David.
20-21/03/2010 : Lena came to show Christian and me what is Gaelic football.
09-11/04/2010 : The sun was over Nantes and Hugues came for its benefits.
18-19/05/2010 : Thibault came for some work. A nice guy to meet.
19-20/05/2010 : Fest-Yves at Nantes with Yohann.
25-26/05/2010 : A nice visit from Czech Republic and Slovakia : Veronika and Jitka.
04-05/06/2010 : Nantes is between Great Britain and Spain. Seamus, his bike and his mandoline slept at home.
05-06/06/2010 : Laurent went at Nantes for a party.
25-26/06/2010 : Emmanuel and Christine ended their french tour by Nantes.
20-23/08/2010 : Yes! Jeremy, Nantes is green!
24-26/09/2010 : Nice meeting with Katka.
27-28/11/2010 : Nantes was a snowy city for Zoe and Ashley's european trip.
04-05/12/2010 : Nantes is invaded by Angers' girls. Sandra and Paula invaded my home! :-)
05-08/12/2010 : Marie-Andrée went at home with Gilgamesh, theatre, history and philosophy... Interesting discussions.
To be continued...

20/12/2008 : Xavier and Charlotte hosted me after a good Christmas dinner in Le Mans.
21/03/2009 : Janette let me her apartment's keys for a short night after the "Bal du printemps" in Le Mans.
17-19/04/2009 : A great gastronomic meeting at OCBD's home. Also organised by Annarita.
16-18/04/2010 : The 5th French CS organisation meeting was in Bordeaux and Cécile was our great host.
30-31/07/2010 : Cris hosts Eric and I for one Paris night...
31/07-02/08/2010 : Firsts nights in Budapest. Thanks to Bernhard. Even if he was not there, I was not alone. ;-) Moreover, Eszter shared the week-end with us and it was nice. :-)
08/2010 : Canoe tour in Hungary organized by Zsolt. My tentmate was Jérémy.
08-09/08/2010 : Last night in Budapest and Zsuzsanna was here to host us and have a good evening (Restaurant, Zsimpla). She is really nice and dynamic woman.
20-21/11/2010 : Invasion of Saint Brieuc. Annarita's couch tested. No complaint! :-p.
To be continued...

I play the non-official guide of Nantes every month. ;-)
15/11/2008 : During the Amb's meeting in Nantes, Benjamin and me were together. We lose but we had a nice walk across the city.
13/02/2009 : Visit of Nantes with Claude, a very interesting and nice guy.
16/08/2009 : First visit of Nantes in English with Manuel. To improve...
19/03/2010 : Visit of Nantes in English for Monica.
To be continued...

Interests

Understanding the world around Me.
(Philosophy, culture, science...)

Meeting people around Me.
(Learn life each other)

Have good times
(Games, laughs, reading a book in a tree, sitting in a place and looking the world around, having a smile on my face...)

Music, Movies & Books

Movies : As Good as It Gets, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, In the mood for love, Live and become, When Harry Met Sally, In the realm of the senses (Ai no corrida), Tim burton's films, Buster Keaton and many old films with Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth... like Arsenic and Old Lace.

Music : Caresse-moi (Jamait), Paint it Black (Rolling stones), L'italien (Reggiani), Sarah (Arno), Rape me (Nirvana), Marie-jeanne (Joe Dassin), Back to black (Amy Winehouse), I refuse (Aaliyah), Violin concerto in D major (Brahms), Bertignac, Ayo, Chopin, Satie, Pink floyd...

Books : La vie devant soi (Romain Gary), Le petit prince (Antoine de St Exupery), Smoke (Paul Auster), Le très bas (Christian Bobin), A Doll's house (Henrik Ibsen), Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand), Pêcheur d'Islande (Pierre Loti), L'existentialisme est un humanisme (Jean-Paul Sartre), Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Richard Bach), the Bible, Achille Talon, Pierre Desproges, the dictionnary...
...and books about philosophy, history, spirituality and religion.
My Bibliodyssey: http://www.amazon.fr/registry/wishlist/2ANV0ABVHJA0D
Some books I read: http://www.amazon.fr/registry/wishlist/3SXJFXWCOBXQQ
What is your favorite book?

I have a particular interest in the Japanese culture.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I have friends.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am lucky to have a good memory and to be quite curious.
So I have many things to say. But, at You to see if it's interesting or not !!!

Countries I've Visited

Algeria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

France

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