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ELISEWINN

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Overview

  • 131 Positive References2 Neutral1 Negative
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Dutch, Spanish
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Drinking tea and coffee, daydreaming...
  • Travels. People. Studies can't count...
  • From Paris
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live. Love. Focus on now or next step, only.

ABOUT ME

After marketing and politics studies in Paris then working there in a bank for a while, I realized that life wasn't for me. So I quit and began to enjoy a more uncertain and hectic life made of travels, discoveries, challenges, different jobs. I have recently left Montréal after a year, moved to Lille for a couple of months and starting now a new period in Amsterdam. I absolutely love it here ! Movement, change, new encounters, adventures keep me alive. My feet have never been so itchy. Strangers' kindness, hitch-hiking, unexpected situations, discoveries and writing about all that are some of my drugs.

I try to understand how peoples mind work, how they build their perceptions and make choices. I love to connect with random people, to dance, to love, to experience intense timestretch or hectic unexpected adventures, to walk through the city at night, to be amazed by simple things, to feel I'm abroad, far from "home".

A few keywords that may ring a bell for some of you : queer, polyamorous, hippie-ish.

Meeting people is always better than blabla-ing :)

PHILOSOPHY

You'd better try than regret. Forrest's mom said "Life is a box of chocolate". I LOVE chocolate.

Share. Experiment. Give.

"Je crois qu'il y a un visage du monde qui nous est dérobé, qu'on peut apprendre à palper par petites touches, et qui repose dans une sorte d'harmonie parfaite." (Nicolas Bouvier)

Then ... Whatever works.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting, surfing, meeting wonderful people, spreading the word... Actively promoting the "CS is NOT a dating site" while traveling with my awesome former-host-now-lover Michiel. Honnestly, I'd be curious to know how many CS relationships and babies were born since it all started.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I hosted quite many people in Paris, Marseille and Montreal. It's always been a pleasure to have guests around.

I have surfed in several countries and stayed in all kinds of accommodations : yurt, houseboats, squatts, ministudios and luxurious house.

Interests

LISTS ! New places, faces, tastes, smells, sounds, feelings... Taking the most of any pleasure time and enjoying perfect moments of perfect match especially between music, people, light and atmosphere. Dancing, dancing and dancing.

Observing people and situations. How they deal with, what they expect, what they get. Connecting dots. Noticing details.

I recently realized how adrenalin and uncertainty could push you when traveling. Beware : it's highly addictive.

Cooking (vegan and vegetarian friendly !), psychology, sociology, adrenalin, coffee, imagination, beans, environment, stupid jokes, serendipity, sarcasm, spirituality, dumpsterdiving, inspired tattoos, bass, hippie stuff, hugs, contagious smiles, getting in touch with something greater than what we feel as individuals, and and and...

Music, Movies & Books

I love electronic musics that tickle your ears and make you perspire and vibrate, especially dubstep-ish stuff, trance and glitchy things... Sunset or sunrise music. [I'm probably bass addicted when it's time to dance !

A few DJs and bands who sound like chocolate to my ears : Plastician, Marty Party, Bassnectar, Caspa, An-ten-nae, Cocorosie, Fever Ray, Eoto, Gaudi, Dub-4, Babylon System, Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, Vitalic, Amon Tobin, Manu le Malin, Pretty Lights, Prodigy, Wax Tailor, Bluetech, Shpongle, Entheogenic... ]

I also enjoy special voices and oldies, powerful songs you can have stuck in your head for weeks. Different kinds of rock, funk, some new wave, some hip-hop, downtempo.

Movies that that brilliantly show unstoppable decline and spiral of events and / or give a realistic description of an atmosphere. [Forrest Gump, Control, This is England, Eastern Promises, Darwin's Nightmare, C.R.A.Z.Y, Goodfellas, Baraka, The Gleaners and I, Boy A, Sin Nombre, Mary and Max, Enter the void, Un Prophète, Darren Aronofsky's, Taking Off ... ]. Documentaries in general.

Books : anything that make you travel in time/space, from novels by J Riel to french classics, fiction and non-fiction. [G Orwell, S King, A. Baricco, A. Maupin, B. Vian, G. Garcia-Marquez, N. Bouvier, Kundera, Steinbeck, Zola, Céline, Maillard, David-Néel, Kerouac, Huxley, London...] Some all-times favorites : Ocean Sea, Ravage, Voyage au bout de la nuit, L'Arrache-coeur, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Pot-Bouille, Dans une chambre inconnue, It, To the unknown God, The Dharma Bums, Le Sabotage Amoureux, Love in times of cholera, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

WWOOFing in a tiny village in Corsica. Amazing people, landscapes, pigs, atmosphere, neighbors... This and CS made me start questioning my way of life at this time.Entrer en résonance avec la musique. Sorry, couldn't find a proper translation. Or musical orgasm, that's it.Weird and unexpected situations, coincidences, being under the impression a jigsaw's falling into place. Perfect match of circumstances or elements. Synchronicity?Being on the road in the US and Canada. Solo.Burning Man, to the point I could now call it "Home".Last but not least, some couchsurfing experiences were absolutely amazing.

Teach, Learn, Share

Experience living is probably the best thing to share with someone, whatever it could be. Dancing time, stories, comfortable silence.Besides, I can show you some vegetarian recipes, with or without chocolate. Many ideas came from couchsurfers :) I love cooking, especially for people who care for what they eat.I would like to learn photography / basic sewing / hula hoop. Thanks to patient teachers !

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

France, Netherlands, United Kingdom

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