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  • 100 references 73 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, Spanish; learning French, Italian
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • I run www.goto.co
  • Oxford Uni + Tsinghua Beijing + SOAS
  • From Oxford
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About Me

I've not been in Beijing since COVID. I am unsure if CS updated it, but I am in Oxford UK.
Most of the below is inaccurate and outdated, written on and off over 15 years. I keep it as its fun/archive. Message me if you are in Oxford.

-I like to share space with people and am quite sociable and like to hear people's stories. I offer accommodation to nice travellers when I can.

I don't tend to hang out with the surfers that much because I have a 10am-9pm schedule 7days a week and also occasional evening events, but I often can have supper/drinks. If you would like to have a nice place to stay then come along, but i cannot do any tour guiding etc. If you are happy with that, then please stay. There are sometimes other surfers, so if im not there it is still sociable. -

GENERAL: I spend half the year in Asia travelling and half in the UK.

CURRENT MISSION I am always very happy to host lovely/fun/interesting people, please message me. If I am not hosting it means I am on the road at the moment.

有朋自远方来不亦乐乎 . I intend to oneday open a hostel (ideally on a Dutch barge in the UK) and now am running a teacher training/travel/backpacker business, www.go-to.co

ABOUT ME I like travelling, seeing and experiencing new things, I'm interested in the many different cultures, histories, books and people that there are. I am a big fan of things to eat/drink such as beer, wine, and nice food.

PHILOSOPHY I like to keep a balanced view when possible. I like Zhuangzi philosophy, perspectivism, relativism, skepticism etc. I am raised in Western European values, but open to all. I am spiritual but believe 道可道非常道 - I am spiritual and was raised Christian so my understandings are rooted in the wisdom therein, I am willing and open to all things.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

In London, I'd shared my big boat. In Beijing I had 3 or 4 couches and floor space...Now I am in Oxford without much space to host, but say hello and lets see..

I try to keep an open house, and go to cs gatherings sometimes.


lots and lots and lots, never had a bad experience. Every one was interesting somehow.


Reading: I read all sorts of things. Now I am doing post-grad part time in Chinese literature. Random books I've enjoyed over the years include: things by Graham Greene, f.scott.Fitzgerald and Laurie Lee's stuff about his lone travels around Spain.

i like experiencing diverse things, i have no over-riding hobbyiesso this quote from Hilton's Shangri La makes me feel happy haha,"the exhaustion of the passion is the beginning of wisdom" I hope thats true cos I dont devote myself to any hobbies!

  • culture
  • books
  • dining
  • cooking
  • wine
  • beer
  • reading
  • traveling
  • language exchange

Music, Movies, and Books

FILMS (i wrote this 10years ago now.): L'Auberge Espagnol was formative in the Erasmus days...Jamon Jamon has an excellent ending....anything by Almodovar is fun. Jia Zhangke and Zhang Yimou (red sorghum is great!)....The boat that rocked/aka Good Morning England has a nice soundtrack...anything really....to be honest I like all films except two categories:
Chinese Wuxia ( martial art films where they can fly and too much special fx) and most of what comes out of Hollywood now (particularly films about yuppies trying to balance love and careers which is about 90% of what is produced)...very anti Marvel style films but no worries. I don't like anything with a Maroon 5-esque soundtrack.

BOOKS&AUTHORS: I read the complete works of Graham Greene (nearly), he is great. f.scott.fitzgerald writes beautifully, indulgent books. I like books that make sense based on where im living or what im going through so in the past I enjoyed orientalist world of suzy wong, Oxford obsessed brideshead revisited and shangrilan lost horizon ...then I suppose in no particular order to specify some titles/authors: Tender is the Night...The Sun Also Rises...harry potter. Authors: Evelyn Waugh,Zhang Ailing, Mu Shiying, Shen Congwen, Ling shuhua, Mark Kitto's bios.

MUSIC: ...anything, mainly Radiohead...ZHOU XUAN. Bebe. Country Music that tells a story. Global music that I can learn language through. Most music is beautiful

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Living on a catamaran boat in central London, running a hostel like airbnb in Hong Kong Lamma Island. Travelling to everyone province in China. Cumulative experiences of living in Beijing,Madrid,Yangshuo, Oxford is good...Hosting 200 surfers with my housemates was an adventure!

Teach, Learn, Share

I like to read, cook, drink, chat. I speak Mandarin and am interested in China.

I like to chat about most things!

I can take you to the pub!--bar

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, North Korea, Northern Ireland, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, France, Hong Kong, Spain, United Kingdom

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