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Amandine Richard

Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France

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Overview

  • 44 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Spanish; learning Italian, Japanese, Swedish
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • No occupation listed
  • Masters in International Trade
  • From Toulouse, France
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Settle back in France

ABOUT ME

I was born in France but I was lucky enough to live in several countries. I lived with my relatives in Scotland when I was 11 and loved it so much I got addicted to living abroad. I spent a few years in the US with my parents, and then studied partly in Spain and Germany. I worked for a Japanese company in Frankfurt for 3 years, and I spent 3 months traveling around Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. I moved to Tokyo in April 2010 and had planned to settle there for a few years but I had to come back on in March 2011 right after the earthquake/tsunami.I am now working for Airbus in Toulouse.

PHILOSOPHY

If you are not happy with the life you are leading, you have the power to change it. Make the right decisions at the right time and your life will run smoothly. If you encounter problems, try to figure out why and what you're supposed to be learning from them. Every one of us has a path to follow, so let others be... Try to do what's best for you all the time and people around you will benefit from your positive energy and happiness. Live the present moment and avoid planning your future too much. What counts is what you are living NOW. Trust you feeling, trust yourself and others.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I was hosted quite a lot in SE Asia, which was amazing! I attend a lot of meetings/gatherings wherever I live or travel. I used to host people in Germany and I'm going to start hosting again in Tokyo from September 2010.

Interests

I like to travel, learn about myself and about others. I like cinema, cooking, diving, ice-dancing, salsa, learning Japanese and good books. I love my sisters and my close friends.

I love Asian food, my favorites are Japanese, Indian and Thai. I don't eat meat and dairy products, but I eat fish and eggs. My favorite food includes organic fruits and vegetables, Muesli with soy milk (especially Japanese soy milk), sushi, tofu, all kinds of fish and seafood, Indian curry, whole grains like quinoa, bulgur and buckwheat. I love Japanese fruit such as Nashi (Japanese pear), peaches and cherries. I quite like natto too.

I don't drink alcohol. But I still like to go out and party once in a while!

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Wax Tailor, Feist, Spoon, Mando Diao, Cat Power, Belle and Sebastian, Phoenix, Neil Young, Tom Mc Rae, Coco Rosie, Luna, Seeed, The Shins, Justice, The Teenagers, Auletta, Gui Boratto, Kings of Convenience, the Gossip, Chinese Man, The Kooks.

Books: Ten little niggers (Agatha Christie), Biographie de la faim (Amelie Nothomb), Ocean Mer (Alessandro Barrico), La nuit des temps (Barjavel), Kitchen (Banana Yoshimoto), La sombra del viento (Carlos Ruiz Zafon, all books from Amélie Nothomb, Marc Lévy, Haruki Murakami, Lucia Etxebarria and Paulo Coelho.

Films: Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, Changeling, Gran Torino, Life is beautiful, Ray, Leon the Professional, Riding in cars with boys, Garden state, Little Miss Sunshine, Babel, Volver, Hotel Rwanda, Lord of War, Maria of Grace, The butterfly effect, films from Almodovar, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jean-Pierre Bacri and Clint Eastwood.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Scuba-diving in the red sea and in Thailand, the breathtaking mountain scenery I woke up with while living in the Alps, swimming in the blue lagoon in Comino (Malta), climbing on the ETNA volcano in Sicily, making friends with locals in Asian buses, spending New Year's Eve with Vietnamese people in the street, hiking in Yakushima (the island that inspired Hayao Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke).

Teach, Learn, Share

I usually like to teach (languages for example) but I love to learn, whether from people, books, newspapers or by experiencing something new. I love that this world embraces so many different cultures, and I'd like to get to know all of them. I'd like to work in the field of intercultural communication / cross-cultural consulting either here in Tokyo or later on somewhere else. I am open to things I don’t know anything about. Sometimes I go to a concert or a movie without knowing anything about it, if someone I know will take me there or just recommend it. In the worst case I won't like it. So what?

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

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