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Overview

  • Training as a Motorcycle instructor
  • had the standard stuff. decided to try my hand at law A-l...
  • From wadhurst, east sussex, Uk
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Like many people, i am a bit sceptical of the model for a "successful life" people remind me of every day. There is more than that..... how could there not be, the world is so huge, so varied and so beautiful.... before even starting on the people!

ABOUT ME

I have been very very lucky to have the childhood i had.
an un-usual childhood, i grew up in a community that cares for young people with learning disabilities. My parents, part of a community of about 70 people work with, care for and teach the students, supported by volunteers from around the world. No surprise then that i had a thirst for travel since a young age, that i am very open and accepting of the different people and customs our world is filled with. This is only the beginning though, i want to be one of those 'outsiders' 'foreigners' standing at the bottom of a very steep learning curve

PHILOSOPHY

"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it" -André Gide

some of my friends parents have it all apparently worked out: perfect little house in the country side, enough money,careful but content, retired, and they do nothing. inside you will not find an influence of another culture- nothing: That scares the crap out of me. I believe strongly that there is no "right way" though life. NOBODY... no Religion or Culture or People have it all worked out. To quote Ghandi " I want all the cultures of the world to blow about my house as freely as possible, but I refuse to be blown off my feet by any of them"
I think life is about exploration and experimentation, to push for personal development. not digging yourself into to a comfortable situation. People say they worry about me, that i haven't found "what you're going to do with your life" and sometimes i worry too, but not long enough!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

i think both one of my strengths and weaknesses is that i am very much a hands on person. Throughout my childhood i was always very much involved and encourage to get involved with almost everything in the community.
i always want to get involved, to help, to pull my weight and i feel a bit lost and un-comfortable when i am expected to stand back and do nothing.On the farm there was a big sign that read, "working through living, living through working" and i can kind of relate to that.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

i have couch surfed often without the website. Friends lead to relatives, who have friends who have friends who have relatives who have classmates who have colleges who have contacts...
Now i don't mean to sound opportunistic and i have never aggressively pursued accommodation but somehow i have often managed to find somewhere to stay and if not i am normally pretty happy in a hostel, backpackers, my tent etc etc... (hmmm motels can be pretty miserable and expensive though!)

Interests

I love to travel by motorbike almost as much as my brother loves his bicycle. I believe, and i know this sounds stupid, the closest i will ever get to 'zen' is on my bike. I don't need good weather, or perfect roads, but i do need my bike. Now before you get the wrong idea... I'm not some revved up petrol head, i would never have survived the miles (and kilometres!) if i was, nor am i a scary hairy harly poser either... I'm generally quiet quite quiet, when i'm on the bike i like to be by myself.
My other intrests are, in no real order: hiking, rock climbing, diving, power kiting, mountain biking, motorbike mechanics, Terry Pratchett(ohh and other reading!) camping, raggae and music (can't play!), photography, cooking, and... yes i know.... sad but true: working

  • culture
  • photography
  • cooking
  • modeling
  • gardening
  • reading
  • traveling
  • woodworking
  • music
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • camping
  • scuba diving
  • rock climbing
  • teaching
  • religion
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

my all time favourite movie? (i have a few more) but probably the first matrix.
I read a lot of sci-fi books, some intelligent, some trashy... but also non-fiction, travel adventures, autobiographies, I already mentioned Terry Prattchett!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Got to know cows!
bungy jumped
Outback Australia
climbed mountains

Teach, Learn, Share

i am a practical person, basic woodwork (my dad is a carpentry teacher) A bit of farming, gardening, sewing, basic motorbike mechanics, and of course bicycle mechanics. There are a million things i would love to learn and i am always happy to do my best to teach you or help you with whatever i can.

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