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ELISE RALPH

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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Overview

  • 24 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 54, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • English teacher
  • No education listed
  • From Bristol, UK
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To travel around and explore the sights of Mexico (for May and early June 2015)

ABOUT ME

Friends say that I'm an outgoing, upbeat, positive person, with lots of energy and enthusiasm for life. I am quite a social person, but also like quiet moments looking at a beautiful sunset or reading a book. I am considerate and sensitive with friends and am very loyal, always try my best to be supportive if anyone needs help. I love to live life to the full, and really enjoy beautiful scenery and meeting interesting people from all walks of life. I also really enjoy sailing, and have been on some great trips with friends on week long charters on the Med in Europe and Turkey, also a few one-off day races when in Australia.I'm a long-time vegetarian, but not a po-faced one, not eating meat in South America has been an interesting challenge.

PHILOSOPHY

live and let live, live for today, YOLO - make the most of life, You Only Live Once) (maybe? ;-) Be as good a person as I can be. Be Happy, be considerate, be fun.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love to meet new and interesting people through couchsurfing, most people I have stayed with or met through CS are now friends.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've done some Couchsurfing in Australia, New Zealand and now South America. I have met some wonderful people who I am still friends with. It has been a great experience.

Interests

I love travelling, the arts, literature, theatre, particularly live music. I have a wide ranging taste in music, very eclectic, but it means a lot to me, so going to see live bands is something I am passionate about. I have recently been travelling in South America, have previously travelled in India, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and am loving the freedom and the amazing sights I have been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to see. I enjoy the cinema, from art house European cinema to American Pie, so again, quite eclectic. I like most types of music from classical to punk, I like to keep busy and get the most out of life and to see the beauty in nature. I do suffer a bit from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) which can be difficult at times in South America with so many things to do and places to see!

Music, Movies & Books

Soooo many! For books both classics to postmodernism and a lot in between. Jose Saramago, Paul Auster, Jane Austen, Brontes, Camus, Alain Robbe Grillet, anything challenging and interesting, 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' and 'Vernon God Little' are contemporary favourites. Films: 'In Bruges' 'Fight Club', 'Being John Malkovich', 'Dude Where's My Car' 'Lars and the Real Girl'. Lots of great films, old and new... love the cinema when it's done well.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The Golden Temple at Amritsar in India was a very amazing place. It is visually stunning, but more than that, also has something about it that is indefinable, but has an almost tangibly wonderful and calming atmosphere. Also in India, was some prehistoric rock art, near Bhopal, a place called Bhimbetka. The paintings are simple, but just stunning. You can walk up close to see them, they are in the open to view and are just incredible, I was blown away by them. Closer to home, the rocks at Kynance Cove in Cornwall also have some magical draw. They are beautiful and also seem to have some kind of aura about them. When the tide is coming in, they become even more beautiful than when surrounded by golden sand. More recently, Machu Picchu - of course! But also Isla Del Sol on Lake Titicaca had a magical tranquility about it.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am an English teacher, both in England in schools and now as a CELTA qualified teacher of English as a second language. I love to learn about other people's interests and life stories, how they come to be where they are. I like people with a story to tell, hopefully some funny ones as well.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Guatemala, India, Italy, Laos, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom

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