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I'm a journalist by trade but a capoeirista by passion! Grew up in London, went to university in Cambridge and have lived in Spain (Madrid) and Brazil (Fortaleza).
I love languages and communicating; I speak about five (more or less).
I make cocktails, especially mojitos, caipiroskas, daiquiris... and making stuff up as I go along
Going out, dancing whether in clubs, bars or in the living room with a bottle of wine.
Doing yoga in the morning and lots of Capoeira. I try to find a group to train with when I travel, it's like having an extended family across the world.
Recently started aerial circus and acroyoga so am very keen to keep that up!
I play classical guitar, don't watch much TV, read a lot, like to cook...
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I have surfed a lot and hosted a few, been to a couple of meetings and met some really great people. The best thing is when you arrange to meet up with them a few years later... This year, my first ever host, Jose from Pinamar, invited me and my whole family to meet his family and stay with them! Generosity is overwhelming and that's at the heart of CS.
When I have a place, you'll be welcome to my couch!
Sport- yoga, capoeira, acroyoga, aerial circus, dancing...
Art, museums, foreign film and literature, languages, food.
Classical Spanish guitar, jazz, hiphop, rnb, samba bossa nova, reggae,
a bit of everything.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Les Choristes, Clockwork Orange, Kite Runner, Cruel Intentions, Leon, Cidade de Deus, Jules et Jim, Le Dernier Metro, Belle Epoque...
Garcia Marquez, Unamuno, Oscar Wilde, Isabel Allende, Shantaram, Tom Sawyer, English classics, Carmen Laforet
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The Millenium celebrations on a beach in Thailand. Climbing Mt Masada in Israel. Duke of Edinburgh Gold through the wet and miserable Lake District. Travelling to India and visiting ancient temples. Six months in South America, including working at Aldea Yanapay in Cusco, climbing Macchu Pichu, Garganta del diablo in the Iguazu falls, the vast Salt Flats of Uyuni, Paragliding over Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, trekking to the Lost City in Colombia. Feeding kangaroos and swimming with crocodiles in Australia, visiting the Tokyo fish market at 5am. Learning the ways of Fortaleza life, helping teach Capoeira in nurseries and teaching English to Brazilian kids, sand dunes of Jericoacoara, all-night beach reggae parties in Canoa Quebrada, Itacaré: one of my favourite places in the world, Carnaval in Recife/Olinda...
Teach, Learn, Share
Happy to teach and learn languages- Spanish, Portuguese and English are my main ones. A bit of French, Italian and Catalan...
I can teach a bit of capoeira and yoga and show you how to make your belly squirm in a rhythmic kinda way.
Would like to learn some different guitar styles (I am currently restricted to my years of learning classical and Spanish guitar) and any pearls of wisdom you are offering up. Would also like to learn more gymnastics or acrobatics, if anyone is willing to teach me!
What I Can Share with Hosts
Food and wine
Lots of stories
Capoeira and hanging upside down
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Spain, United Kingdom