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See more of the world
Recently finished my Masters, which gave me the chance to live in Poland and then the US and travel to lots of interesting places. I'm now living in London, working with children with autism and trying to be a responsible grown up (and hopefully still see lots of interesting places). At least, that's the plan for now... I permanently have itchy feet and want to explore pretty much everywhere, so we'll see how this goes.
I'm friendly and chatty and trying not to make this sound like an online dating profile. I'm generally an optimist, but I have a very sarcastic and cynical sense of humour (typical Brit).
From living and travelling abroad, I'm used to living out of a suitcase and I'm a low maintenance, laid back kind of traveller. I love to see new places and get on buses to see where they go. I don't like to be just another tourist in a huge crowd, but I do like to wander down little side streets and visit small towns everywhere I go. When things don't quite go to plan, I count it as another adventure. I'd rather have good stories to tell than have everything go perfectly (which is just as well, because I've had more than my fair share of travel mishaps!).
I'm still working out what I want to do with my life, so I'm not sure that I have a personal philosophy. I've just finished two Masters degrees and so education is pretty important to me, but I believe that travelling and seeing the world is just as good a way to get an education as sitting in a classroom. So far I've learnt that staying in a Brooklyn basement was a poor life choice, how to flag down a bus and beg for a ride on the side of the road in Vienna and how pointing and miming can be sufficient to book a train ticket in pretty much any country.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host and surf and I'm hoping to start going to meet-ups at some point.
Thanks to Couchsurfers, I have stayed on an emu farm, been introduced to a raw food diet, tried Venezuelan food, attended an artisan chocolate tasting class, won bar trivia, had my first breakfast burrito, been dolphin-watching, visited a disappearing island, had my broken suitcase fixed and so much more. It's all been amazing.
Travel stories, road trips, long walks, exploring, trying new food, volunteering, vegetarian cafes, wine, languages, swimming, crappy reality TV, funny people, beaches, living abroad, foreign films, proper grammar, coffee, perusing Craigslist personal ads (they're hilarious).
Music, Movies, and Books
A bit of everything really! Most of what I read and watch is crime-related, so anything murder mystery or serial killer-y is apparently right up my street. I hope that doesn't make me sound creepy.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've recently had the chance to live in Poland for 5 months and learn about the Polish language and culture. Living abroad has been one of my goals for years and I have met some great people and seen some beautiful places.
I have also spent two summers working at a special needs summer camp in America and I consider it to be the most amazing experience I've ever had.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am happy to help Couchsurfers practise their English and would love a chance to pick up some new words in the native languages of the people I meet. I always love a chance to practise my (now terrible) French and Spanish and maybe even try out a little bit of my Polish! Anyone who can teach me how to cook is someone I would like to meet.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Poland, United Kingdom, United States