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I am an "Ancient" of CS, come at the rather ancient times of it - when it was still a marvellous community and had not turned corporate yet. So, please, help me to make this spirit go on, or even revive it!
Love. Give love to people, be a comfort, a joy as much as I am able to be, for my contemporaries Discover the rich character of anyone Try to see and share the poetry of everything in our world And colour the universe !!!
People who barely know me would say smiling. Hopeful in life whatsoever.
Then talkative - don't be scared, I won't make you deaf. Open-minded, I try - "not kill the neighbour because his dog barks all the night long" -, and sensitive to anything - may it be the caress of the wind, the smell of a passer-by, a funny slip of the tongue in a serious talk...
'The world is a rose ; smell it and give it to your neighbour.' (Arabic proverb)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I hope I can help this wonderful initiative, for now, by hosting people, learn to know others, and talk about it among all my acquaintances. Soon, we will be connected to the whole world, and the network will extend to the stars and the planets !
* A great way to meet people when you're far away ! I got to know many wonderful people this way when I was in China.
* Positive hosting and unforgettable experiences also as a guest. I am always longing for new experiences ! Does a better way of travelling, discovering, sharing ever exist ?
* Geology and mining. Nothing's better than rocks :D
* Foreigners, foreign cultures - brethren, though. If God didn't create Babel, I would have built it by myself; what a chance to have so many cultures and languages, it would be a shame not to enjoy it...
* Art in general. Great admirer of Andy Goldsworthy, Lei Saito and Japanese poets. When I was younger I dreamt of inventing olfactory, or, better, multiple sense-calling works.
* Writing - as the most admirable Japanese writer Sôseki wrote it: "a painter who has not painted a single picture, a poet who has not written a single line, is richer than any of the trivial personalities of this world". Live out your poetry everyday, let you invade by the air and sensations around you, see the world in its everlasting beauty and you will always be a poet, an artist...
* Dancing. I know, it is an art, but so peculiar. Alone, in a group, in a couple. Dancing is my way of doing art, and sometimes approach people...
* Cross-country skiing. I hope that I will be able some day to do this famous race in France, more than 70 km!
* Every kind of cooking - all sensual smells, contacts, flavours, delicious views of food. Preparing and sharing, hm...
- salsa dancing
- belly dancing
- organic food
- swimming in the sea
- nordic skiing
Music, Movies, and Books
About Music, higgledy-piggledy :
- experimental music (such as Mathias Delplanque, from Nantes, Fr)
- Turkish, Kurdish, Iranian, etc., music (non Arabic Middle-East) : wonderful instruments (ney, santur, buzuk, qanun...), traditional and modern influences, such as Mercan Dede
- Cape Verdean music (Mariana Ramos, Simentera, Teofilo Chantre), French and Belgian singers (Barbara, Tetes Raides, Brel, Stromae, Mano Solo...)
- Latin music from all South and Central America (Raul Paz, Congreso, Ibrahim Ferrer, Inti Illimani, Caetano Veloso, Lila Downs, Monchy y Alexandra, Omara Portuondo, Mariana Montalvo...)
- Baroque music from the Italian 17th century (tarentellas and viola de gamba...)
- reggae, ragga music and dancehall (Patrice, Admiral T, Bounty Killer, etc.)
- fado (Mariza!...), Waldemar Bastos (Angola), Omar Pene (Senegal)
- metal and hardrock (Alice Cooper, Dr Feelgood, Marilyn Manson...)
- Celtic - especially Irish - music (David Spillane, Alan Stivell, Liam O'Flynn, Frances Black)
- flamenco, Kate Bush, rock'n'roll, classical music (Tchaikovski, Saint-Saens, Schnittke, Hindemith...), all jazz, blues (just listen to the Canadian Son of Dave!), gypsy Balkan music - wow, too long to list everything... almost all kinds.
About films :
* Asia: "2046" by Wong Kar-Wai (this film is a poem), "Good men, good women", "Cafe Lumiere" by Hou Hsiao Hsien (all films by Hou Hsiao Hsien), Chinese, HK and Taiwanese directors (Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Dai Sijie, Edward Yang, Liu Hao, Zhang Yimou, Jia Zhangke, Tsai Ming-Liang, Wang Quan'an...), Japanese (Ozu, Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse, Naomi Kawase), Korean (Hong Sang-Soo, Kim Ki-Duk), Vietnamese...
* Recent discoveries (sometimes older films): "Casa de lava" by Pedro Costa (Portugal), "In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts" (When the light is fading) by Matti Geschonneck (Germany), "The brawler" by Anurag Kashyap (India), "I am not a witch" by Rungano Nyoni (Zambia), "Teza" by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia), "Song of the exile" by Ann Hui (Hong Kong), "La antena" by Esteban Sapir (Argentina), "Voices of transition" by Nils Aguilar (Germany)...
And of course every good film from all over the world, such as : films by Pedro Almodovar (Spain), Emir Kusturica (Balkans), Lucrecia Martel (Argentina), Hitchcock (Ah! "Rebecca"...), Julio Medem (Spain), "Viva la libertà" by Roberto Andò , "Children of Paradise" by Marcel Carné (the most beautiful film ever directed)...
* Recent ones: "The handmaid's tale", "The State" (about ISIS - chilling), "The young pope", "Babylon Berlin" and "The marvelous Mrs. Maisel".
* Metrosexuality! (UK, by Rikki Beadle Blair)
* The awesome, classical "Doctor Who"!!!
and TV series by Jenji Kohan (Orange is the new black, Weeds), the great French series "Ainsi soient-ils" about seminarians and power struggles within the Catholic church; the Danish "Borgen" (on politics) and "Arvingerne" (The Legacy); also, the British, historical "Downton Abbey" and "Indian Summers", and the harsh but great "Hatufim" (I have not seen the Americam version "Homeland"; after the Israeli series, I thought it might be difficult not to compare)
And of course, "Queer as folk" (for "there's nought so queer as folk" ;) and, to some extent as it is a bit too far from the reality of many lesbians, "The L word" (both pioneers).
Briefly, about books (I read a lot too, but it must be soporific now):
* classic, sci-fi, historical, some detective novels (mostly Agatha Christie and Erlendur Indridason); autobiographies and biographies; poetry (I went to a poetry festival this year in Sète, a Mediterranean harbour in France, and it was marvellous - I write, too); some theatre; anthropology and sociology (Françoise Héritier for instance)
* among my favorites authors and novels: Boris Vian (France); Joyce Carol Oates (US); Natsume Sôseki (Japan); Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Ursula Le Guin (US); Inoue Yasushi (Japan); Arto Paasilinna (Finland); Amelie Nothomb (Belgium); "Memoirs of Hadrian" by Marguerite Yourcenar; "She came to stay" ("L'invitée") by Simone de Beauvoir (France) ; "Grass pillow" by Soseki (a beautiful novel about poetry, art and creation by a Japanese master), "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë (England), Vietnamese literature (Nguyên Quang Thân for instance)...
Ok, let's end it up face to face... and please make me discover new ones !
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
* Bathe in a guelta in the Sahara - a tiny natural pool, a waterhole in the desert - in a region with an annual rainfall of about 60 mm a year; and with a catholic priest who could play the bombardon !
* Risk my life while riding my bicycle in the terrible traffic of Guangzhou, between insane drivers, buses and bicyles coming in the opposite way but on the same side of the road - what an aventure every time !
* Make Chinese students dance a traditional Breton dance in a classroom at university where I was teaching French
* Discover a lot of blueberries in Abitibi (QC, Canada) while having a long ramble on my bicycle
Teach, Learn, Share
What can I teach ? How to make a great piperade (Basque country) or a croquembouche (French wedding pastry), maybe... For those fond of geology, I can create a whole delicious terrane in nougatine and biscuit !
For people fond of dancing, I can teach some basics of rock'n'roll, waltz, salsa, bachata and a lot of other couple dances... or even some oriental dance, which I simply love.
I have also been said and proved to be a good teacher in many things; patient enough, I suppose: sciences, languages, anything I may know.
Oh, I am eager to learn knitting and real sewing. This way I would be "ready to be married" as a friend of mine says !
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macao, Mauritania, Morocco, Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, China, France, Germany, Mauritania