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Neglected CS for a few years pretty much... Used a little throughout South America whilst I was living in Lima, Peru. Back traveling again now, heading to Mexico City next Week, then who knows. Probably head back to South America at some stage soon enough! Or maybe return to Africa...
Travelling to explore new places, meet people and take lots of photos, that's my passion right now, you can take a look here:
Enjoy the big outdoors, surfing, snowboarding, cycling, skateboarding and their respective cultures. Interested in art, museums, different cultures.
Big lover of music, new music, checking out gigs, keen to go to gigs in different countries and new venues to make the experience even more memorable.
Music tastes are varied including punk, reggae, ska, hiphop, country, folk. Spotify.com is constantly on.
Love reading and surround myself in books...
Smile and the World will smile with you.
Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end. Learning, if you use it, will nourish you forever...
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅPeople travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ Dagobert D. Runes
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅAll human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
Laughter makes you live longer...
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅTravel is not reward for working, itÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢s education for living.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅTraveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅAll travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ Samuel Johnson
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅWhen we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we donÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ D. H. Lawrence
Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never fires and a touch that never hurts.
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ Mark Twain
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅWe travel not to escape life, but so life doesnÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t escape usÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
I am still learning. You learn more from your mistakes than from your successes.
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃËMy country is the world and my religion is to do good.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢
- Thomas Paine
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅNot all those who wander are lost.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅI am not the same having seen the moon rise on the other side of the world.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
~Mary Ann Rademacher
Success is not measured by the position you reach in life. It is measured by the obstacles you have overcome.
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅTourists donÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t know where theyÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢ve been, travelers donÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t know where theyÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢re going.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ Paul Theroux
DonÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ¢t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
It is the sum of our life experiences which makes us what we are. We must recognise them, cherish them and understand them.
The less time we have the more we value it
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅPeople travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ
ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÅOur battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬ÃÂ ÃÂ¢Ãâ¬Ãâ Jack Kerouac
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Started Autumn 2009 and have been busy hosting ever since. have hosted individuals, couples and groups from all around the World.
Have met Couch surfers in Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Amsterdam for a drink and look around and have been hosted in Paris. Last few years met up with people in South America, Lima, Peru, Bogota, Colombia. Stayed with people throughout West Africa. Still keep in touch with a lot of my fellow CSers!
Travel, Music, Surf, the Big Outdoors, nature and wildlife, the beautiful birds, bees, flowers and trees... Cooking, reading, cycling, photography, art, street art, meeting new people, eating new foods.
Music - Music - Music - massive fan, love to have bands recommended to me from around the World, love to find new music - keep them coming! Where to start and in no particular order:
Bob marley, The Clash, Johnny Flynn, NOFX, Joe Strummer, Rancid, Laura Marling, The Slackers, Johnny Cash, Rancid, Tedd Lennon, Mason jennings, Folk, Punk, Ska, reggae, Hip Hop...too many to list, to be continued...
Photography is where I am at right now!
- street art
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
Films - Big Wednesday, In Bruge, True Romance, Vietnam War Films, Buffalo 66, BIG. Weird films, unusual films, funny films, European Art House Films, Skateboard, surf, snowboard dvds.
Books - Shantaram, James Frey, especially - Million Little Pieces, anything by Chuck Palahnuik, Irvine Welsh, most books by Ian Banks, Travel Books, books on escape, Into The Wild, books on conspiracies, travel books, Vietnam and other historical War books, books on NLP, psychology, memory, hypnosis and the mind.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body "
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Surfed some amazing waves around the World, met some amazing, friendly people, ate some delicious food! More to come fingers crossed...
Seeing those less fortunate in wealth without a care in the World and smiling wide.
Old people smiling, never fails to amaze, amuse and cheer me up.
Cycled the length of the UK - Lands End to John O Groats for Charity.
Recently cycled the entire welsh coastline for Prostate cancer:
Teach, Learn, Share
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.”
" The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with outstanding accuracy." Florence Schovel
"A man has to travel. On your own, not through history, images, books or TV. You have to travel by yourself, by your own eyes and feet to understand what is yours. To plant one day your own trees and give them worth. Know coldness to enjoy warmth and the opposite. Feel the distance and the homelessness to be fine under your own roof. A man has to travel to unknown places to break the arrogance that make us see the world as we imagine and not as it simply is or could be; that make us professors and doctors of what we haven't seen, when we should be pupils and simply go and see."
Amyr Klink - Endless Sea
What I Can Share with Hosts
Countries I’ve Visited
Benin, Bolivia, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Togo, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, France, Indonesia, Peru, United Kingdom