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Dave McCarthy

Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

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Overview

  • 26 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Web Designer / TESOL English teacher
  • DCU
  • From Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
  • Profile 50% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To get every last drop out of life

ABOUT ME

I'm an outgoing, friendly paddy who loves meeting new people. I'm from a small town called Shannon which is on the west coast of Ireland and lived in Dublin for the last 10 years.

I'm a vegetarian, LOVE music (listening and playing), reading literature, history, politics, and I can't get enough of art and design! I also love football, but I'm more of an armchair fan rather than a midfield general.

I'm blessed to be dating a really good cook, but unfortunately I am limited to just a few dishes :S But they taste good! Where I lack in cooking, I make up in drinking. Beer and wine are good for the soul. Gin and Vodka are good for the mind. Tequila is just bloody dangerous!

In March I left the green shores of Ireland to begin a 6 month trip with my girlfriend to China taking us through Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia and China. It was an awesome adventure!

I'm currently residing in SW China, loving the people and the local cuisine, and planning the next part of my tour through Asia.

PHILOSOPHY

Make the most of it, you only get one chance!!!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Stayed with CSers in: Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Mongolia and had such a great time. Will def be hosting once I settle down somewhere in China!

Interests

Playing Music (Guitar), Hiking & Camping, Reading, History, Art & Design, Politics, Veggie Foooooooooooood (Italian, Chinese, Turkish, Mexican, and Indian of course)

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Tom Waits, Pavement, Primal Scream, The Orb, Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Tom Petty, Dave Clarke, Jurassic 5, Kings of Leon, Fugazi, Miles Davis, Van Morrison, Mull Historical Society, PJ Harvey, Mercury Rev, Portishead, Teenage Fanclub, The Wedding Present, Joy Division, Johnny Cash, The Go Betweens, American Music Club, Neil Young, Talking Heads, The Smiths, Televison, My Bloody Valentine, Pixies, Curtis Mayfield, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Nick Cave, The Cure, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Nightmares on Wax, Ry Cooder, Daft Punk etc etc etc.

Movies: On The Waterfront, Roman Holiday, Full Metal Jacket, Delicatessian, Spirited Away, Zoolander, Three Colours series, La Haine, City of God, Night on Earth, Atanarjuat.

Writers: Paul Auster, Martin Amis, George Orwell, Saul Bellow, Orhan Pamuk, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Jose Saramago

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Clare winning the All Ireland hurling final in 1995. 81 years it took us... EIGHTY ONE years. Tough men cried, children got drunk and the pubs in Clare stayed open for a week. The good times.

- The sunrise on the Camino de Santiago, - Exploring the weird and wonderful landscape of Capadoccia - Buying some tasty and fresh orgeno in Meteora. The monasteries and the surrounding landscape weren't half bad either. - Being greeted by a GIANT dog on Pelion Peninsula. The friendliest dog in the world :D

Teach, Learn, Share

I can play the guitar a bit, so I could teach a beginner a few chords. I can also teach web design and online marketing stuff.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

China, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands

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