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Overview

  • 12 References 7
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning German, Russian
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • I work for a large company.
  • Educated in the French school system. Studied two Bachelo...
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

Hi.
I feel honoured that you might be considering staying with me.

I normally ONLY host on the Weekends, Bank holidays and my Days off (but they vary so, for Mo-Fri... Just Ask nicely. .. :)

If you are coming to LUTON because you are using the airport, I expect your hosting request to include what time your flight is supposed to touch the ground (whether take-off OR landing) so I can "guesstimate" at what time you are supposed to make it to my place.

This is so I can plan my sleep. If you land too early, you ll have to wait. If you land too late (after 9 pm), well... we'll see.

Do NOT ask to be hosted more than 1 week before you arrive. There is no point. Please wait until 1 week before. Outside 1 week in advance, I will not have any idea if I can host you or not!

** Please read useful info for Luton visitors in the other section of my Profile called "My Home"...

AGAIN: Can you please READ my 2 CS profile Sections (called "About" & "My House") where you will find VERY useful advice for you about LUTON.

I just moved to a nicer place near Luton centre. It is a lot better than my former place. It has a big garden and nice trees and I cannot wait to share it with (the right) CS person :)

Just so you know: there is a very nice and friendly female dog.

! **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 bother to read my profile so I won't bother either, ok?

You are welcome UNLESS you smoke.
*NO SMOKERS ALLOWED (even if they smoke outside).

IF you smoke you will smell .... and if you smell I do not want you around... NO SMOKERS ALLOWED. Not negotiable. Period.

I only want healthy and positive people around me.

#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 can be most boring.

ABOUT ME

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, yet I struggle with that.
I think I am patient by nature.
I LOVE GOOD FOOD, travelling, music and stories.

PHILOSOPHY

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 !

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I also expect you to take a shower every day (sorry, had bad experiences before). Why do some people have to be reminded of such a basic fact?
Thank you.

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 ?

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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 more museums than 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 !!!

Interests

**** 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

BOOKS-
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 away from my bedroom!

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)

A-
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 !

B-
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....

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.

Telling interesting life stories !!

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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 to Luton to London for one day its 15 POUNDS for one person, return (regular, non frequent fare).

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 without having to be everywhere at once.

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…)
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.

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 more 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

Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Netherlands

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, United Kingdom

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