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Sterling Diesel

Saikai, Nagasaki, Japan

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Overview

  • 75 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Japanese; learning Chinese
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Secret character, High school teacher
  • through life experiences and some fo...
  • From Huntingdon, England, United Kingdom
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Make the perfect cup of tea.

ABOUT ME

I DO NOT LIVE IN NAGASAKI CITY. I CANNOT HOST ON WEEKENDS.

I live on a small island in Nagasaki prefecture. I grow some of my own food and I have a private beach. Although I am extremely active as a community member on the JET Programme, I have quite a rewarding life alone on Oshima. If you are curious about the Japanese countryside, I am happy to provide knowledge about it to you!

I believe acceptance is the key for opening doors to many opportunities.

I find that hosting, surfing, and generally exploring communities brings me closer to a global network of wonderful people and an understanding of the differences and more importantly the similarities between cultures.

When I'm surfing, I try to be non-intrusive and show my gratefulness to my host(s) however I can. When I'm hosting, I try to involve my guests in whatever plans I have.

PHILOSOPHY

The less I tend to my ego, the clearer I see my surroundings. The more I observe, the more I understand. I try to live moment by moment without acting on feelings that cloud my judgement. I don't get frustrated easily, I'm open-minded, and I usually resonate whatever feelings the people around me have.

We should respect each other and the world we live in, and love one another for our similarities and our differences. The diversity of our species is a gift; not a social stigma!

"Bragging is bad for the heart, but humility is good for the soul."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I go to new places to experience the world through the eyes of others. I like to immerse myself in new things, even if I don't like them. Why? Because it's important to me to try everything once!

I'm not from one particular part of the world. I'm kind of like a cultural soup.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We all have so much potential. We're all made of the same stuff when you think about it. The differences are our experiences. Those are what I like to learn about. What makes us individuals? Let's talk about it!

Interests

I can't list all of my interests here, so here are the ones I'm most likely to bond with somebody over:
Trains, rust, old and/or abandoned buildings, mycology, unique foods, mountains, geothermal activity (hot springs, volcanoes), motorcycles, telecommunications, tea, ceramics, taxidermy, maps (especially geopolitical), lock picking, cooking (especially when it involves preservation or macrobiotics), D&D, photography, and dreams.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies:
What a question. I have not watched a lot of movies. I do enjoy movies like The Fifth Element, Unbreakable, The Fall, AI, Princess Mononoke, Slumdog Millionaire, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Paprika, Ghost in the Shell, and Jurassic Park.

Music:
I have a profound interest in hip hop artists who have absolutely ridiculous lysics. If you want to know what kind of music I listen to, you can check out my Soundcloud stream here: https://soundcloud.com/indigomindset

Books in no particular order:
Candide, Lost in Japan, the Bible, Epictetus' Handbook, Dao De Jing, The Tale of Genji, The Narrow Road to Oku, Blood Sugar, Animal Farm, Maus, The Sandman, The Life of a Sensuous Woman...
I don't read as much as I'd like to, but I'm beginning to make it a practice.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I've experienced peace of mind, which is one of the most valuable things anyone can ever have. I traveled to an abandoned town and nearly got run over by a freight train passing through. I chased a deer through a forest as a kid. I once had Miyajima to myself. I have brought English and Japanese speakers together by interpreting for them. Most recently, I accomplished my 6-year dream of getting into the JET Programme.

Teach, Learn, Share

いちゃりばちょで - Icharibachode.
This is an Okinawan phrase that roughly means "even if we meet one time, we're still friends for life." It's not always easy to say goodbye to couchsurfers. Sometimes we make excellent connections! Even if I never meet those people again, I still consider them my close friends.

Being able to stay at someone's house is a privilege and it should be treated as such. I'm looking for people who will respect my house as if it is theirs. I love cooking but I don't cook huge meals on a regular basis. However, you are free to use the kitchen if you clean up after yourself. I want to live in harmony with others, and hosting/surfing is like a micro-karmic experience. I love talking to other CS members while they're traveling about all kinds of things.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I can do gong fu tea ceremony with you and we can practice languages together.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

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