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Got back from a year's travelling around Asia a few months ago. Now working full-time but trying to fit in travel wherever I can...
I'm a writer, a philosophy graduate, a feminist and sometimes (after a few beers) a singer. I'll never have enough friends, crazy experiences or gin and tonics under my belt, but by God I'll go down trying.
Born in London, but I've travelled all over the world
I'd always rather be interested than comfortable. Boredom is painful to me.
But, like everyone, I also have days where all I want to do is watch TV in bed...
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I stayed with a few awesome people during my travels across Asia. My flat in London is currently a building site, but I'll be inviting guests as soon as it's habitable.
I stayed with some incredibly interesting people in China and Mumbai. One Chinese friend I made through Couchsurfing got into a top American college after I rewrote his application essays for him, so that was cool. In Mumbai I stayed with the coolest girl ever (who's now left the site which is a shame), but she and my friend Grisham and I are all planning on going to Prague together some time soon!
Festivals (I work as a journalist writing about music festivals, so they're a bit of a passion...)
The politics of wherever I'm staying
Learning about other people's interests (Seriously. I once spent an hour being taught about drainage systems in 16th Century East Anglia, and I didn't get bored for at least the first 20 minutes...)
Art and Architecture
- music festivals
- womens rights
Music, Movies, and Books
I love Hesse, Wilde's Dorian Gray followed by Will Self's Dorian, Larkin, Wodehouse, Angela Carter, Waugh (particularly Decline and Fall and Scoop), Saki and Caitlin Moran.
A random-ish selection of music: I Am Kloot, Crystal Fighters, Alt J, David Bowie, HAIM, Years and Years, Fat Freddy's Drop, Johnny Flynn, Stromae, London Grammar, Clean Bandit, Lou Reed
I love Sherlock and The Thick of It / In The Loop.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Watching several hundred Japanese people do bizarre aerobics exercises in front of the Japanese flag and a perfect view of Mount Fuji, to the accompaniment of a crazy cheery backing tape and the earth-shaking sound of shelling from the next-door American military base.
Teach, Learn, Share
What I Can Share with Hosts
Conversation. My holiday. A hard drive with over 100 movies and loads of TV shows on it.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In