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survive grad school
I'm born and bred in Malaysia but I went to California for university. I kinda graduated in May 08 but I took an extra semester to study abroad in Copenhagen. I spent 3 months couchsurfing in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and it was amazing!! Now I'm doing grad school in Hawai'i for the forseeable future :)
Life has been incredibly hectic but I am trying to get back into couchsurfing!
whatever happens, happens. Just take it as it goes.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
So far I've only surfed (Eastern Europe and the Balkans) but I hope to start hosting one day when I have my own place.
rugby, bellydancing, archaeology, anthropology, sleeping, eating, pole dancing, stress baking, random activities.
Music, Movies, and Books
mostly science fiction and fantasy fiction. oh, romance and trashy magazines too :) sometimes i read serious stuff if i have to...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I spent 3 months volunteering in Borneo.
I was also a UNICEF sponsored Malaysian delegate to the 3rd S.E.A and Pacific Island Youth and Children's Forum.
I just spent a month excavating at Angkor Wat!
Teach, Learn, Share
There are many types of couchsurfers and hosts out there and really, you only start learning how to differentiate the good from the bad after you've several CS stays where you've experienced both.
Ambassadors are always a good bet but so are people who have very clear couch descriptions/rules/expectations of their guests. These are the people who have experienced CS enough to know what kind of people they want to host. They're also usually the people who can teach a newbie a lot about CS and have some very interesting stories to boot!
That said, you're more likely to get along well with people who share the same interests/attitudes as you do so it's good to check out their profiles too.
Another thing that is fairly important is the location of your host. Most will specify if they live in the heart of the city or far, far away from it. Checking up on this can save you lots of time and money on extra traveling.
Communication is also key. From requests to staying at a host's place, if you're unsure about something, ASK! Having a means of communication also helps if you're running late or lost so exchange numbers or at least make sure you have your host's address and telephone number before you get there.
The most important thing I've learnt so far on CS is that you are not obliged to stay anywhere if you feel uncomfortable. There are always hostels, hotels and other couchsurfers. The emergency couch groups are not only useful for securing a couch last minute but also if you need help finding an alternative host.
Honestly, some of my couchsurfing experiences have been utterly amazing and some have downright sucked. However, I've probably only had two or three bad experiences out of close to thirty couchsurfing stints which I feel are pretty good odds.
So yeah, every CS experience is an adventure and should be taken as that. Don't let one or two negative experiences bring you down. There are plenty of Csers out there who make it entirely worth it to ignore the few bad apples.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Denmark, Malaysia, United States