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acquiring decent German and Turkish level before I go to Germany and Turkey :D
I can be a little bit introvert at first, but once I get to know other people I warm up pretty well and I enjoy conversations, even in-depth discussions of various topics. I'm easygoing, not overly meticulous about details or a control-freak, though I do like to do some research beforehand, as I don't like wasting time on feeling lost and puzzled in an unfamiliar environment. (I like to wander blind into area and discover new things in an unplanned manner, but at the same time I'd like to make sure in advance that I can make it back home eventually)
I love to read and listen to work and discussions and about many many subjects, and I usually try to form some thoughts on it without being to opinionated about what I don't fully understand. Sometimes I feel I should think less and act more, but unfortunately my attention span and motivation isn't always sufficient at the moment......well, at least I try to do better :p
Stay true to yourself.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
For now I mainly seek places to stay ; the apartment I am living in does allow me to host (I have a separate bed in the mezzanine), however I also have quite a busy schedule, so we will have to discuss in advance to see if I can host or not.
Other than the trips I took together with my boyfriend (Marseille, Barcelona, Paris, Bordeaux) or with my parents (Nantes, Saint-Malo) where we made use of AirBnb services, when I travel alone I generally seek out Couchsurfing for accommodation and exchange with locals (the Netherlands, Berlin, Reims, London, the Schwarzwald region) and it was overwhelmingly very good experience to be able to meet various kinds of people to talk with and to share different experiences, sometimes over a meal.
On occasions I couldn't find a host on Couchsurfing, but even then I try alternatives which allow for some level of interactions with locals. For example when I was in Lyon, in the end I found someone to accommodate me for the night by asking around at the local LGBT association. :p
I am regularly indoors: reading and spending a lot of time on the internet...usually not being productive. :p
I'm passionate about ecology, biodiversity and evolution (my main field of study), and I practice plant identification as a past-time (most of the plants I know are in Taiwan and I'm pretty useless in Europe lol, apart from identifying the major families)
I do enjoy some outdoors activities, though, such as hiking, cycling, swimming, or just taking a walk in the city along the river, in the park, or in the streets. Cycling is one of my favorite activities even if I don't always find the time to do it, as it's an awesome way of combining transport, tourism and sport. Sometimes I take bicycle trips too : it feels great to be all alone and wide awake, connecting the environment to the core of your body.
On the other hand, I also enjoy going to night clubs, mainly for the ambience and for dancing: just about any good music with a beat gets me moving on my feet, be it rock/trance/house/metal/techno......it is just another way for me to release and express myself, not unlike a bodily language.
photography, and I'm a big language/linguistics buff.
- contemporary art
- rock music
- metal music
Music, Movies, and Books
Mainly European/French movies, such as Amélie, Lola Rennt, Lilja 4 ever; also some American films like Stranger than Fiction, Will Hunting.
Almost all sorts of music ranging from techno/trance, folk to world music, but mainly concentrated on various forms of rock : indie rock, post-rock, metal, pop rock, hard rock...
My reading interests are eclectic as well: to cite some of my favorite literature authors : Haruki Murakami, Jostein Gaarder, John Irving, Milan Kundera...and definitely Antoine de Saint-Exupéry !
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I traveled around Taiwan on bicycle with my friends in summer 2011, it was amazing.
The Paris-Reims trip, halfway on train and halfway on bike, was another major achievement too! Didn't realize the Forêt de Reims part to be so tricky. :p
Teach, Learn, Share
Language and linguistics are really my great passion : I could talk about it for days. :p Now that I have more and more experience, I would also gladly share by cooking meals.
I would love to get more familiar with history, architecture, city plan and development of various places.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Knowledge and stories about Taiwan and (parts of) Asia; homestyle cooking; some discussion over a glass of drink if you're up for it :).
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Taiwan, United States