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Improving my German; continuing to work on my Thai; delving more and more deeply into ecology studies; and trying to write 'something' of my own.
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 more of an indoor person than an outdoor person: I like 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. I've joined an LGBT hiking association here in Toulouse (Extra-Muros: check them out, it's great!)
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 atmosphere 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.
I love to take photographs of interesting small things in life and beautiful sceneries/architecture, and I'm a huge 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 the island of Taiwan on bicycle with my friends in summer 2011 (~1000km over the course of 14 days), it was amazing and allowed me to see places in my own country that I would have otherwise never seen.
The Paris-Reims bike trip (with the aid of Île-de-France public transport system) was another major achievement for me! I 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 cook a meal for you and share some recipes/local food of Taiwan.
I would love to gain more insights on history, society, architecture, city development, etc., 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