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I feel honoured that you might be considering staying with me.
My days off tend to vary, so just ask. I cannot host you if I am supposed to work the next day.
I need to plan my sleep! Your hosting request MUST INCLUDE what TIME AND DATE your flight is supposed to touch the ground (whether take-off / landing) so I can "guesstimate" at what time you are supposed to make it to my place.
I don't want people to land so late (late = after 8:00 p.m.) that we won't even be able to have a friendly conversation… we'll see.
Please do NOT ask me more than 1 week in advance to host you. Outside 1 week in advance, I have no idea what I will be doing.
** Can you please READ the TWO sections of this CS profile (called "About" + "My House") where you will find VERY useful advice for you about LUTON.
I just moved to a place that is a lot nicer than my former place.
It has a big garden and nice trees and friendly female dog (in case you were allergic or something).
! **Please note I can NOT host more than ONE PERSON at a time.
Hosting two or more is NOT POSSIBLE. If you ask me to host TWO it means you did not read this.
*NO SMOKERS ALLOWED (even if they smoke outside). No no and no.
IF you smoke you will smell .... and if you smell I do not want you around... NO SMOKERS ALLOWED. Not negotiable. Period.
#CURRENT MISSION: Being happy, making friends ! -
I want to learn how to play chess. So if you can play chess and you could teach me a little, it would make my day ! Books about chess are just boring.
I work for a large international company, but I am also a teacher, a Sworn Translator and a Certified Interpreter for the judiciary.
I often listen to music. I party very little but like hanging out with friends on my days off. I should go to bed by 10 pm.
I think I am patient by nature.
I like GOOD FOOD, travelling, music and stories.
Use your best judgement to solve problems.
Immanuel Kant, the great Prussian philosopher, insisted on having lunch every day with a total stranger, to gain a broader perspective of life. That is what Couchsurfing is to me !
I also would like you to take a shower every day (sorry, had bad experiences before). Why do some people have to be reminded?
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I will gladly help you if I can, to the best of my abilities.
I also want to enjoy CS when I travel far away and I need +positives+
Because I will do my best for you, it is only fair that after all my efforts you leave a nice positive comment about your experience with me as a host.
Is it to much to ask when I saved a family of pigeons from having to share a bench in the park with a stranger ?
UK (of course)
Canada. Wonderful people!
Germany. Berlin. Wonderful Friends (of course, they are my friends)!
Mexico. Mexico City. Hectic. Call it what you will but no other city in the world has as many museums as Mexico City !!!
Mexico. Guadalajara (GDL). Hot and dry and a quiet city despite 4.5 million inhabitants.
Mexico. Querétaro. Hotter and more dry than GDL, but Fun !!!
**** I want to learn to play chess. If you can teach me even some basic moves you will come on top of my priority list to be hosted****
Reading, movies, skydiving, travelling and meeting nice people.
*** French PAIN D'ÉPICE and German LEBKUCHEN would be a truly appreciated gift.
Music, Movies, and Books
Every kind of music. I like music. A lot. Especially Blues, Baroque and Electronic
Frederick Forsyth novels *in English*. Bring some if you have any. My personal library has nothing but excellent books. Love every one of them.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have practiced skydiving, hot-air ballooning, explored caves, swam in a pristine, crystal-clear spring 30 metres under the surface of the earth in Yucatan, Mexico.
Skydiving is just fantastic!
Travelling to Brazil and across Europe. Watching the Amazon forest and river with my very eyes!
I have spent several months in Canada where geese flew just a few metres above my place!
Teach, Learn, Share
Well I *hope* this will make you SMILE
I like sharing stories of the best moments I've had
(e.g. when my next Skydiving / Hot air balloon trip will be, three so far I have done 3)
I want to learn chess moves. So if you know how to play chess and can teach me a little in just a few minutes of your time, you will make my day !
I can teach you how to cook exotic meals from Mexico (the real thing... instead of that horrible Tex Mex!!). No OLD EL PASO here.... comprende?
Canadians and Mexicans STRONGLY dislike it when some individuals refer to the United States as AMERICA, because:
America is a CONTINENT, not a Country,
It is called the United States (or the US of A) for a reason.
NO, Mexico is NOT in South America,
not even in Central America.
Mexico is NORTH America.
So, repeat after me: the USA, Canada and Mexico are NORTH america.
CENTRAL America starts where Mexico ends with Guatemala and Belize... all the way down to where Panama ends.
SOUTH america starts with Colombia and Venezuela all the way down to Chili, Argentina and the Falkland Islands. It includes Brazil too, by the way.
There you go... Now you can travel throughout America without offending anybody. See how easy it is?
Now, smile :)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Showing you around. Giving useful, practical advice on how to save time and money whilst being here. I love money-saving tips in this "Rip-off Britain" -when on earth are people going to declare a boicott ???- :)
Telling interesting life stories !!
Regarding Your question about train transportation to visit as much as you can of the UK:
Long story short, trains in the UK are usually VERY expensive. Almost everything in UK is very expensive, especially trains! Just going on working weekdays London → London with RETURN for one day its 33 POUNDS for one person, return (regular, non frequent fare, including London Underground access), or 25 if you have your own OYSTER CARD for the tube.... you better get one or pay 8 pounds. 15 gbp if not rush hour morning or afternoon and 11 on weekends (the discount card will knock from 1 pound to 30% of the fare but it costs 30 GBP wtf !!!)
You should favour bus / ground transportation. Problem is buses are very tiresome and take a lot of time. Visitors are convinced UK is very small country, but trust me it is NOT. It takes forever to get from coast to coast. Do yourself a favour and do not try to be everywhere just for the sake of it. Stick to an area and visit as much as you can. Many cities such as Oxford and London have tons of things to do inside them. London is massively huge and will take you 3 hours from NW to SE !!!
For long distance travel, if you buy in advance online companies such as NATIONAL EXPRESS http://www.nationalexpress.com/home.aspx
OR http://www.plusbus.info/ are good options and have MUCH cheaper prices
(as long as you book ahead… usually no less than 2 weeks before… AND only if you are sure your plans will not change)
problem is, if you miss the buss you have lost everything and have to pay the last minute price for your fare! Return tickets (i.e. “round trip”) are always much cheaper than 2 singles. Again, a bus WILL take a lot longer.
I remember Sept 2015 I tried to book ahead of time for a friend who wanted to use train to go from London and Luton to Wales and Scotland, but train turned out to be a lot more expensive than bus around 500 pounds versus 200. A lot more. Just catch a flight if you can !
Ask yourself: Do I want to spend my valuable and limited time transporting myself from A to B? Or do I actually want to use that same amount of time doing something useful?
There you go. Avoid going far away just for the sake of it.
Stay local, I am sure there will be many nice things to see wherever you want to stay. Just consider local buses are also quite expensive, around 5 pounds for one round trip ticket inside a city.
Also, no matter how “new-age” you are, stay away from Stonehenge. [I am an experienced tour guide with a vast knowledge in Anthropology and Archaeology, so take my word for this].
There is nothing worth seeing there. Nothing to do around it. In the middle of nowhere and it’s very expensive to get there.
Do not discourage yourself. Just PLAN AHEAD so you can make the most of your time in the UK.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Monaco, Netherlands
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom