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Going step by step towards voluntary simplicity
I DON'T LIKE TO START THIS PROFILE WITH RESTRICTIONS BUT IT HAS BECOME NECESSARY. I RECEIVE A LOT OF REQUESTS AND HOST QUITE A LOT TOO, SO PLEASE BEFORE SENDING ME A REQUEST, READ THE 'What you need to know part' OF "MY HOME" SECTION. GROUND RULE IS NO PERSONALISED REQUEST NO COUCH (just using my name doesn't really qualify as personalised)
Since my parents were not travellers I started travelling at the age of 20, doing an internship in Quebec. I worked 10 years as a music librarian in my native Switzerland but took a year off in the middle to study English in San Francisco travel in the US, work as a volunteer and travel in South America.
Very difficult to describe one self. I feel sometimes that I am a walking contradiction.
I am warm, caring, have a good sense of humour, am often a bit absent-minded, the head in the stars. In some circumstances, I am a quite shy person but once the contact is established it is not so apparent
Treat people like you want to be treated
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
At the moment, I am hosting often and really enjoy it. Two years ago, I travelled for two months around Britain and met many lovely people. I've participated in various couch surfing activities as an inhabitant in Berlin and Geneva and as a visitor in Lisbon.
After a slow start (not actually using the site for a few years which was such a big mistake!), I can now say that I am an experienced couchsurfer.
Travel of course and meeting people
Arts and culture in general, especially music, movies ,literature, dance and contemporary circus.
Foreign languages and linguistics
Nature, I need to live in a city or town where there is culture but can't be away from nature for too long, or at least enjoy the parks with good company or a good book.
Tennis (watching, used to very badly play), hiking.
History, politics and social justice
Cooking and eating
and too many to mention them all
Music, Movies, and Books
Andrew Bird, Fink, Olafur Arnalds, Mumford & Sons, Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, Paolo Nutini, Midlake, Lhasa, Damien Rice, Regina Spektor, The Frames, Piers Faccini, Gianmaria Testa, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Ella Fitzgerald, Two Door Cinema Club, REM, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Lynda Lemay, Madeleine Peyroux, Bruce Springsteen, El Hadj N'Diaye, Gianmaria Testa, Frederic Chopin, Otis Redding, Brad Mehldau, manouche jazz, Pierre Lapointe, blues, Belle & Sebastian, David Bowie, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, classic soul music, Jacques Brel, Hans Zimmer, bossa nova, Paolo Conte, Johnny Cash, Alain Souchon, Belle & Sebastian, french music with good lyrics... and many many others.
Movies: Eternal Sunshine of A Sportless Mind, Dances with Wolves, Amelie Poulain, Se souvenir des Belles choses, Dancer in the Dark, En Familie, Ken Loach, The Coen Brothers, Maria Full of Grace, The Full Monty, Billy Eliott, Boy A, Schindler's List, Pedro Almodovar,
The Godfather, Pulp Fiction, C.R.A.Z.Y, 12 angry men, American Beauty, The life of others, Cinema Paradiso, Almost Famous, Restless, Ferzan Ozpetek
Books: mainly contemporary american and english literature, Paul Auster, Douglas Kennedy, Kate Atkinson, Lionel Shriver, JK Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, John Steinbeck but also Isabel Allende, Daniel Pennac, Jean Rouaud, Michel Tremblay, Daniel Glattauer...
Lately, I started to read more non-fiction books. In the last months two books had a big impact on me. Sapiens, a brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and This changes everything: capitalism vs climate by Naomi Klein. I am also a huge fan of travel/science... writer Bill Bryson
I could go on and on. I am a big fan of those 3 arts
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
One only? Mission impossible.
Trekkings in New Zealand
Horse riding in New Zealand (yes I have a thing for NZ)
Living with some cool nuns (despite being not very religious) in Peru, where I also realised one of my oldest dreams, seeing Machu Picchu
The most amazing things are sometimes the simplest. Like this old lady smiling to me and touching my shoulder in Guatemala
And I hope one day being able to kill the chicken in me and go skydiving
Teach, Learn, Share
I can certainly help you improving your French or teach you the basics
I love learning foreign languages, I speak already a few but would love to improve them or learn the basics of a few others (Portuguese, Japanese, Swedish...) and about life in other countries and also their history.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Ireland, Switzerland