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Greg Monk

Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China

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Last login over 3 years ago

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Overview

  • 7 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Student
  • University graduate
  • From Huddersfield, England, UK
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To try and master Mandarin, in all it's hideously complex glory.

ABOUT ME

Well, i've recently finished a degree in Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham university, UK and I'm now in Beijing studying more Mandarin on a scholarship. I'm a big fan of China and Chinese culture. I love music, comedy and new experiences.
And going into shops pretending i'm Scottish, Russian or American... that's excellent.

PHILOSOPHY

When I look back on my life in 60 years time and think about how things panned out, I'd rather regret things I have done than those things I never got to do. Keep your mind open, eyes open, ears open and never, ever read The Daily Mail.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

You can pick my brain about any questions relating to how living in China is for a foreigner, or if you have any questions about where to go and what to do in Beijing, then feel free. I'm also happy to show you around.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Still pretty new to this whole game. Met some lovely French girls in Nottingham for a brew one time, that is the extent of my couchsurfing XP. Definitely want to have more CS experiences though.

Interests

Music, Guitars, Films, TV, Cooking, Food, Live music, People, China, Motorbikes, Reading, Coffee, Architecture, Nature.

Music, Movies & Books

Music:
Acoustic, Folk, Rap, Rock, Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, Swing, Heavy Metal, Classical, World, Avant Garde... Most stuff really, just not R'n'B.
Movies:
Forrest Gump, Seven Samurai, Lion King, In Bruges, I Love You, Man, Dead Man's Shoes, Inglourious Basterds, Kick Ass.
Books:
On The Road, Wolf Totem, Grapes of Wrath, Kensuke's Kingdom, Notes From a Small Island, Norwegian Wood, Snow Falling on Cedars, Life of Pi, World War Z.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

My babysitter had a hit single that got to No. 2 in the UK charts! She was on top of the pops and everything, madness.

Teach, Learn, Share

Cheese most likely came about because a nomad filled his container - a stomach pouch (thats what they used to drink out of back in the day) with milk and went on a journey on horseback or camel. The constant motion of the horse/camel and the rennet from the stomach combined to create a rudimentary cheese.
Bet you didn't know that did you!

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Singapore, Spain, United States

Countries I've Lived In

China, United Kingdom

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