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I moved to Paris 9 months ago and I love it here! It's such a beautiful city, and it's impossible to feel bored. I'm working as an au pair for another month and then will be looking for work in translation. I work during the week but have weekends off and would love to hang out with fellow couchsurfers in my spare time to discover more amazing things about the city.
I think that life is an adventure and we have to make the most of it. A person can easily get distracted with work, money, planning for the future, the day to day things, and forget to live for the moment. I don't want to look back one day and wish I'd done something that I never did.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I want to travel to improve my language skills and experience different cultures and people. I also think that I can offer someone a positive experience of my city- I haven't been here long but it would be good to get to know it a little better. I prefer to meet up for drinks and chats as I don't have much room where I'm staying at the moment, but Paris is home to much more beautiful places than my place so I guess that's a good thing.
Couchsurfing has taken me to Barcelona, Milan and Glasgow up to now, as well as getting involved in the Couchsurfing community in Newcastle. Every single person I've met has been a pleasure to be around, and I have made some lifelong friends from it.
I've hosted a few people too, and the experience has been one that cannot be matched. Word cannot describe the weird and wonderfulness of my guests and the fun we had together!
Reading, cooking, eating good food, travelling, going out, dancing, watching films, hanging out with friends, climbing, meeting new people, speaking different languages, eating clementines, sleeping, baking cakes, writing in pencil, looking in dictionaries, biting my nails (although this is one I'm trying to stop)...
Music, Movies, and Books
Films: Love Actually, Monsters Inc., East is East, Hable con Ella, Y tu Mama Tambien, The Motorcycle Diaries, I am Sam, Little Miss Sunshine, Big Daddy, Volver, Los Amantes del Circulo Polar, 21 grams
Books: Harry Potter, Matilda, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Fight Club, McCarthy's Bar, P.S. I Love You, The Color Purple
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
July 2011: I met my 5 day old niece, Freya. That was incredible. I couldn't take my eyes off her!
January 2012: Graduating from my MA was a very special day.
May 2012: Riding on the back of a Harley Davidson was just wonderful!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can help people learn languages, or simply practise. After many years of trying and failing, I think I can finally call myself an average cook! I love cooking and eating food that I've made with friends. It would be good to cook for people who need feeding, or to swap ideas with greater calibre cooks!
I'm currently attempting to learn French, so anyone who can practise with me and has patience will get a gold star :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Spain, United Kingdom