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Rob Parkinson

Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany

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Overview

  • 17 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in English; learning German
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • IT Engineer in Further Education / N...
  • University diploma
  • From Derby, England, United Kingdom
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To travel and gain new experiences without fear, and meet as many cool people on the way as is humanly possible.

ABOUT ME

Im currently in Frankfurt for maybe just one more week, and in Germany for probaby another 5 weeks or so.
I just wanted to put this. I changed my loction to Frankfurt so i could get to the Frankfurt local page quicker. Not because I live here permanently. I hope you guys read this when you keep sending me couch requests!!!

Im an active adventerous guy who likes to try new things especially in the outdoors. I love meeting new people especially from other countries and Cultures. Even my best group of friends back home are the International community made up of workers and students from other countries.

My name is Rob, Im from the UK and compared to most of my family and friends I havent travelled too much.... until now.
Its actually a recent premenition (some call it a mid life crisis)that I suddenly have found the desire to travel, and experience the places, people and culture across the world.

I aim to travel to so many places in 2014/2015 I'm even quitting my job of 10 years in order for me to achieve this.

Hopefully this will include eastern and western europe, south east asia and New Zealand, and South America.

PHILOSOPHY

All we are, is dust in the wind... dude

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Up until now I have met many people who couch surf and told me about this project. Through facebook, the people I meet at music festivals, and the people I talk to about travelling, they all talk about CS :)

I have also met several couch surfers through CS led social gatherings in my home town and now in many different European cities. I also started to surf when on a Euro inter railing trip in 2013. An experience which made me want to do it more and more. In 2014 I was able to couch surf in San Francisco and Los Angeles as part of a coast to coast Road Trip in the United States, and I would love to surf in South East Asia and South America in the next 12 months.

I have been to many CS events/meetings in my home town, in London, and also while travelling in Paris, Berlin, Budapest, New York, San Francisco, Frankfurt-Germany and Wroclaw in Poland.

I love to spread the CS vibe and message, and I am hoping to be able to host many people when I am working again and I have my own place where CSing surfers will be welcome.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I went from never having heard of Couch surfing, to in the space of a week or so 3 dfferent people telling me about it, as I declared to them my desire to travel.

My experience has mostly been CS social gatherings in Uk and mainland Europe. But have also surfed a bit there too such as in Germany, Czech Republic and the United States.

I particularly enjoy CS experiences when being hosted by a couple. Whether that is a married couple, people in a relationship or just flat mates. Without doubt I have found it much more interesting to stay with two people as much as 1.

Additional - I wanted to say I never had a bad experience with CS. Generally the people I meet especially at the socials and meetings are always great, and both back home and in Frankfurt I made some truly great friends. On the other hand Surfing and trying to find hosts at times can be frustrating. Recent experiences are starting to change my outlook on CSing not necesserily for the better.

I am very keen to host when I get back home and am working again. I have only hosted 2 or 3 people before this was because I was not able to easily with the people I was living with before.
(This is for all you people who say I never host anyone!!!!)

Interests

Snowboarding, Football,Cycling, both road and mtb.
I guess I am into taking part in, and watching most sports. So a slight adrenaline junkie ;)
Music festivals, rainbow gatherings, street theatre.
Also love watching amateur dramatic theatre and foreign cinema.

Music, Movies & Books

I like rom coms, action movies and foreign indie Cinema.
I guess I love the old Star Wars and most movies from the 80s when I was a kid growing up.

I prefer indie and rock/metal with a bit of DnB thrown in.

I tend to read travel books and the odd biography.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Rubiks Cube.

Teach, Learn, Share

English language as a native.
Rubiks Cube solving.
Hoping to continue to learn foreign languages as I pass through different countries.

Oh and im awful at cooking so I need to continue to practise with my hosts.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Switzerland, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom

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