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Hopping in the bus... and enjoying the ride!
After an ecstatic year spent studying abroad in New York and hosting the world on my couch, I am now back in Paris, studying for a Master's Degree in Cultural Journalism and interning at a magazine.
"-Can we laugh about everything?
-Of course, we can!"
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
After I've brushed my teeth, I put on my pajamas, wish everyone a good night of sleep and sweet dreams and I go to bed. Easy!
I discovered CS when I was travelling across the United States in May-June 2009. Suddenly, meeting absolutely unknown people became fun, a game! Imagine; arriving at a stranger's place and leaving a friend's place where you're welcome to come back. What are the chances to live that kind of experience in a lifetime??
Writing (http://onceuponatimeinamerique.wordpress.com). Reading. Thinking. Photographing (yes, I'm the kind of guy who stays in the middle of a zebra crossing to wait for the perfect lighting between the skyscrapers!). Cooking (funny how that aupair job really got me into cooking!). Swimming. Rock'n'roll. Hiking. Blues. Films d'auteurs. Mountaineering. Jazz. Skiing. Cinema (have you ever seen a movie that beats "Apocalypse Now"'s intensity and fucked-up-ness??). Lying on my back on the carpet and staring at the ceilling while Pink Floyd kick off "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"...
Music, Movies, and Books
My last book: "Go Tell It On The Mountain" by James Baldwin. An advice from my literature teacher during my semester in the USA. An awsome novel. Even more than that. A blast! Another book I devoured, "The Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolf. By the same author, try also "The Electric Koll-Aid Acid Test". A dreamful and colorful trip across 1960s America.
Other books I loved and I now heartly recommend. "Steppenwolf", "L'Ecume des Jours", "The Cannery Row", "Le Parfum", "The Catcher In The Rye", "L'Amant". "Heart Of Darkness", "The Armies Of The Dead", "Bonjour Tristesse", "On The Road", "Les Illusions Perdues", "Oil!", "L'Automne a Pekin", "Invisible Man". "Walden". "Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas". "Vingt-Quatre Heures dans la Vie d'une Femme". "Le Monde du Bout du Monde". "Push". "Maus". "The Martian Chronicles". More?
About music, something electric. I mean, really electric, an electric guitar plugged into a Marshall amp, a crazy voice... Perfect! A guy blowing the hell out a saxophone, perfect! An harmonica over a bluzy guitare, or a Wisconsin farmer turned indie-folk-singer, I take it too!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I rode a Greyhound bus across North Dakota. And Montana. A 40-hours journey out west. An experience!
A three-set gig by John Nemeth - a hell of an harmonica player! - at the Terra Blues in New York City. Quite an extraordinary night if you want to know!
While an aupair in New Jersey, I became BFF with a 9 year-old kid. An interesting and amazingly rewarding encounter; an experience of a kind I never could have imagined before. Yeah, the kind of thing that changes a life.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Germany, Guadeloupe, Ireland, Morocco, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United States