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Emily Takayama

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Overview

  • 42 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Professora de Ingles
  • Bachelor Degree/Grad Dip
  • From Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

***PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME UNLESS YOU HAVE A FULL PROFILE- I WON'T ACCEPT REQUESTS OR MEET UP WITH PEOPLE UNLESS YOU HAVE WRITTEN A PROPER PROFILE AND A MESSAGE PERSONALISED TO ME***

CURRENT MISSION

To dance around the world & one day be able to have a couch :)

ABOUT ME

Have just recently moved back to Sydney after a 3 year stint of living in Armidale, NSW- a bit of a rural experience(but not quite).

Before that I was living in Brazil for 2 years or so, mostly-in Sao Paulo working as a teacher(I used to speak very crappy Spanish, then horrible Portunol, and now pretty lame Portuguese!) and after trying to live in SALVADOR for a few months I moved to Morro de Sao Paulo for 3 months- but I decided it was time to get moving again, and travelled around Bahia a bit before making my trip back to Australia. However, my plans got waylaid by the Japanese tsunami and earthquake crisis (my flight went through Japan to Aus), and I decided that in fact I should take more advantage of the fact that I´m in America do Sul and have decided to have a bit more of a look around & checked out Bolivia and a bit of Peru (Aguas Calientes, I hate your guts!)

If I were to describe my passions, I´d say that I love travelling, meeting new people and dancing. I love a glass of red wine or champagne (a non expensive type!) and good conversation, preferably in a hammock or near the beach.

My newest passion is playing the ukulele and singing (although singing is actually an old passion!) & I've recently joined a band-so much fun!

I love beaches and swimming (and fresco ball! I'm aiming to be the 2011 champion.. I think we need to make it an Olympic sport!. Editor´s note: sadly, as we are now in 2012, Emily failed to realise her dream to be a fresco ball champion.

I like to watch World Cup Football, but I don't really understand much about it. A friend of mine taught me about off-side using salt and pepper, mustard and ketchup bottles (I think I understand it now...sort of)

I'm quite a curious person, so I ask a lot of questions-I'm just asking for personal opinions though, nothing definitive! Sorry if that's annoying or seems like I'm interrogating you! (But am I?)

I adore Acai- I want to eat the real fruit, not just the sorvete, so I want to go to the North East of Brazil to find some!

I love to cook and I especially like cooking for people. Although I'm Australian, we don't really have "Australian food", but I like to make a lot of things and if we meet I hope I can make something for you : )

I also love to dance. I like salsa and forro, but I'm not very good at them. But I like to try (and make a fool of myself).Hehe. But I like to see and try lots of types of dancing.

I'm very interested in knowing a bit more about Brazilian music, although I'm no expert about music generally.

I like joking around and laughing, and I suppose my humour can be quite flirtatious. I´m also a very warm person, so when I get good vibes from people, I am very open, warm, and love to give big hugs & lots of affection. PLEASE DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN FRIENDLINESS! I believe this is sometimes a big difference between Brazil and Australia. I am just a really friendly person who likes to make other people feel good & smile, so let´s enjoy it and be friends. Remember, COUCHSURFING IS NOT A DATING SERVICE!!! Mwahahahahahaha

Another passion I´ve discovered in Brazil is capoeira. I actually did a class a long time in Australia, and just didn´t get the feel for it. However, I guess going to the roots can help you, and when I went to Bahia I fell in love with it. I was also very lucky to be friends with a capoeira mestre (Marcio Melo) who gave free capoeira lessons to CS-ers, and so then my new love was born! I´m still very new at it, only really been doing it for about 4 months or so, but I love it! Now that I´m travelling, I also haven´t been training very regularly, but I feel SAUDADES for it!

Editors note: since returning to Australia Emily has been unable to continue capoeira. Sadly, she is now a marshmellow.

PHILOSOPHY

I want to enjoy my life, but I also want to become a better person everyday. I think compassion and understanding are very important, but this is not always easy- it's an uphill battle!

AND

COUCH SURFING IS NOT A DATING SERVICE! Respect! hahahahahahahahaha

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

When I first joined CS, it was at the beginning of a trip that lasted more than 2 years, so until recently I didn´t have the chance to host. But I always thought it´s a fabulous idea! And I had such amazing experiences couchsurfing, sometimes I stayed with my hosts for extended periods of time and was even invited to live with them, I've always been craving the chance to host and to give a little back to CS.

Now that I´ve also had the chance to host, I´m in love with CS even more. I´m still relatively new to hosting, and unfortunately am once again in the situation where I am unable to at the moment, but I had such amazing experiences with my first guests- Karina & Mauricio, Poojah, and Dorota and Ania, that I won´t hesitate to do it again in the future when I have the means.

I think CS is a great way to meet a variety of people and learn about the world, and I´m so glad I had the opportunity to join : )

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I couchsurfed a few times in Buenas Aires and had some great experiences. I'm still friends with some of the hosts I met there, and hope to surf with them or host them in the future. Since I've been in Brazil I've couch surfed a few times, and once again it was amazing! I love this site : ) My few experiences of hosting were also great, I only regret that I didn´t have as much time to give to the people who stayed with me.

Sadly I am not in a position to host at the moment, but if you want to meet up with a person who lives in Sydney, I'm keen! But

Interests

Dancing-all types, drinking- all types, food- all types (except fish & disgusting things such as intestines-sorry if you like them) : D

Music, Movies & Books

Love reading, like music and enjoy movies. If you can recommend any of the above, I'd be interested!

But there's so much more, and so much more I'd like to know ;)

In Brazil I saw some percussion, forro, maracatu and other kinds of music and dance and loved it, so if you know anything, please tell me

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I think an amazing thing I've experienced since I've been in South America is huge generosity from complete strangers. I hear a lot about how dangerous South America is (especially from South Americans) and this may be true, but I've had some amazing experiences here and met some wonderful people.

I also went to Chapada diamantina, and went for a two day hike there...for me, it was a very humbling experience...I felt so small and insignificant in that huge national park, but it was amazing and I sensed something incredibly beauitful there. I hope that I can experience something like that again.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am very interested in languages, so if you can help me with my portunal, I'd love that! I also like to learn a lot about different cultures and ways of doing things, so I like to hear stories about everything.

I can speak Japanese (although these days not so well-I´m very out of practice) and I am an English teacher, so I can try to help you with either of these if you like
: )

If anyone can teach me different types of dancing, or at least how to shake my booty (bundina-or in my case bundao) like a Brazilian, I’d appreciate it!

And also if you can help me with my portuguese or now non-existent spanish, that would be great.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom

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