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Gavin Freeborn

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Overview

  • 20 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Gaelic, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Photographer
  • Bachelor Degree in Agriculture & Mar...
  • From Rossnowlagh, Donegal, Ireland.
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To freely travel the world, meet wonderful people and take great photos!

ABOUT ME

So, how does one wrap oneself up in a few sentences?! I'm a very positive, happy Irish guy who talks, smiles and laughs a lot.

I've spent 11 years working with quite a bit of travel during holidays but I have just completed my first long trip of 9 months through 12 countries and I feel lucky for that! I met some amazing people on my travels and made some lifelong friends...I look forward to continuing this!

I love meeting new people, experiencing their lives and really getting to know them.

During my travels I made a photography project staying with people in return for me making a professional photographic portrait of them. You can read about my traveling portrait project here www.freebornphotography.wordpress.com so I give a little extra back :o) If you are interested you can email me at gavin@freebornphotography.co.uk

I'm currently exploring the option of living in London so I am researching the right place to live and work here. Meeting and staying with people in London is the best way to truly experience a neighbourhood.

PHILOSOPHY

To make every day a happy one and pass it on to others I meet

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I found out about CS from my friends. I'm looking forward to hosting and meeting people as soon as I have a couch available. I have informally hosted many international friends before joining CS.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

So far I have surfed with many wonderful hosts in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
Time spent with these generous hosts showed me a really diverse experience. I was fortunate enough to engage with people from many different cultures, from Australian to Argentinian, South African to Aboriginal. To read some of my experience look here www.freebornphotography.wordpress.com

I can't wait for my next CS experience! :o)

Interests

People, travel, photography, nature, food, socialising, sports including racket sports (I love anything where I have to use hand-eye coordination),yoga and lots more!

Music, Movies & Books

Too many to list but my taste is alternative and eclectic. I love independent art house cinemas such as the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds or the Old Cinema in Wanaka, NZ. I recently saw Pedro Almoldovar's new offer The Skin I live in and it was very well made.

Music is in my mind the most powerful of all the arts. It has the ability to caress the mind, body and soul in any given time. Whether you want to relax or energise. I love to watch live music and it literally feels like an outer body experience at times! Some of my favourite venues are the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, England, The Appollo in Manchester and Ain't Nothin But Blues Bar in London. I have been fortunate enough to attend and work at many music festivals in Ireland, England, Poland, Czech Republic, Australia and more. I am either attending, working (e.g. I managed the arena at Leeds Rock Festival in England) or photographing (you can see one of my photo documentaries here http://www.flickr.com/photos/irishwonderboy/sets/72157629197614055/show/ )

I love books and only wish I had more time to sit and lose myself in them! Although we live in the digital age I will always adore print and the special feeling it gives you. I love design and typography so I collect books, mainly poetry, art and photography books. Some past examples of booked I've enjoyed are The Life of Pi and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Beautiful pros with a philosophical angle.

I think culture is one of the most important elements in my life and when I settle down next I will create a world of culture in my home with a library, music room and gallery.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

What a crazy question! Many things...from growing up on a farm in Ireland and bringing hundreds of baby calves and lambs into the world to shooting some awesome music festivals and meeting wonderful people on my travels.

Crossing the highest mountains in northern Thailand on a scooter for 135km with my brother and two other travellers was a breathtaking experience especially with the 890 bends we had to navigate!

My Christmas eve 2011 in Bali was phenomenal, I took part in a 15km jungle adventure race with the Hash House Harriers (international running club). There was a thunder storm which made me feel so alive! On the way home I managed to befriend and join some young people in a Hindu tribal spiritual procession at the Dark Moon Festival. This was really something!

visited 26 states (11.5%)

Teach, Learn, Share

I love to share especially experiences, food and often impromptu photography lessons.

I speak a little bit of many different languages which often amuses people including the fact that I can say thank you in over 25 languages as it is the most important phrase in every country I visit.

I am always keen to share my knowledge and learn from others about their language and culture.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Cook Islands, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Ireland, United Kingdom

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