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James Desmond

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Overview

  • 139 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Saving money to travel!
  • Bristol Uni
  • From Cockermouth, cumbria
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

The best part of travelling is the people you meet!

ABOUT ME

Note: I have just moved from the Lake District to High Wycombe (will update profile soon!))

I live in the Lake District, UK and love spending time outdoors hiking, swimming and climbing. I love to travel and try to get away as much as possible! I strongly believe the best part of travelling is the people you meet on the way and find the ethos of couchsurfing to be a great way of experiencing new cultures.

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I am currently cycling around the world from London to Sydney for charity - see www.jamesdesmond.com/donate for more info. I will cross Europe, India, Nepal, South East Asia and arrive to Australia if all goes to plan :) Please get in touch if you would like to help out, join along the way or just meet up.

PHILOSOPHY

Don't worry, Be Happy.

Si a todo!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

If you are staying in the Lake District let me know and I can show you the best places for walking, swimming and exploring :)

I try to make it to any event that is feasible to get to and have had a lot of fun so far doing so!

I couchsurfed my way around South America in 2010/11 and had the time of my life! Staying with people, attending CS events and travelling with couchsurfers along the way added so much to my trip and I hope to have similar experiences at home and abroad again!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Signed up to couch surfing in 2010 and have had some pretty cool experiences so far :)

CS Meetings attended:
Loony Toons 2010
Bristol Graffitisurfing 2010
Borrowdale, Lake District meet, 1-3 October 2010
Favela Painting Tour Santa Marta Favela, Rio. Oct ´10
Gabriela´s birthday Lapa Club, Rio. Oct '10
Oct 14th - 67° Rio’s CS Weekly Meeting
Sao Paulo CS weekly meet-up # 90 Brazil, Oct '10
100° Weekly Meeting of Curitiba Group Curitiba, Brazil Oct '10
4th Couchsurfing National Meeting Brasil Oct '10
-Festa Oficial (Haloween Party)
-Bike Tour - Encontro Nacional
-Tour the Museum Oscar Niemeyer and Picnic
-Balada III - Zapata Mexican Bar (Salsa)
Trevor's House Warming House Party! Florianopolis, Brazil. Nov '10.
12th Weekly meeting of Buenos Aires, Nov '10
Camping en Mar del Plata!, Argentina. Nov '10
CS Rio Holiday Season 2010/2011, Rio. Dec'10
-Beco do Rato Samba night
-77° Rio’s CS Weekly Meeting
-Trekking to Morro da Urca - Pão de Açúcar (Suggar Loaf)
-CS Rio Holiday Season 2010/2011 - Welcome Party!
-NEW YEARS EVE at Copacabana Beach!
-Boa Vista Museum tour
-Street Samba
- Samba schools practice at Sambadrome

Sao Paulo Weekly Meeting #102 Sao Paulo, Brazil.
18th Jan meeting Sucre, Bolivia.

Couches Surfed
2 days with Chris in Newcastle
1 day with Richard in Edinburgh
3 days with Elly in Bristol
1 day with Sandra in Bristol
6 days with Mila in Curitiba, Brazil
2 days with Tatiana in Blumenau, Brazil
3 days with Alejandra in Montevideo, Uruguay
3 days with David in Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 days with Dara and Cathal in Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 more days with David in Buenos Aires, Argentina
21 (twenty one!) days with Fabio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2 days with Dario in Sao Paulo, Brazi.
and so many more...

Other Surfy Stuff:

Lake District walk with Gemma (Aug '10)
Scotland highlands trips with Soaud, Moritz and Lisa & Jassie (Aug '10)
Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Richard. (Aug '10)
Devon beach/road trip with Sandra (Aug '10)
Rocinha Favela Tour with Zezinho (Oct '10)
Rainforest/Waterfall walk with Guy, Paraty Brazil (Oct '10)">
Travelled with Marie-Line through Southern Brazil and Uruguay for 2 weeks (Nov '10)
El Superclassico, River PLate vs Boca Juniors derby game, Buenos Aires (Nov '10)
Patagonia Trip, Nov/Dec '10.
-Bus down Patagonia Ruta 40, Bariloche to El Calafate with Luis and Mehdi.
-Trek to Mt Fitz ROy, Patagonia with Luis and Mehdi
-5 day 'W Trek', Torres del Paine, Chile with Mehdi & Others.
Salsa Lessons, Buenos Aires. Dec '10.
90s club night with Fer, Buenos Aires. Dec '10.
Ultimate Frisbee, Buenos Aires. Dec '10.
Tour of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro with Dominik, Dominika, Monika and Liena. Dec '10.
A Couchsurfing Christmas with Fabio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Night out in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with Nils and David
Traveling Bolivia with David
Salar de Uyuni 3 day jeep tour with David & Yemi and Sophie

need to update this list!

Interests

Travelling (obviously). I play alot of sports and enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, swimming and climbing.

I also enjoy taking lots of photos of everything! :)

Music, Movies & Books

A few books I've recently enjoyed and would recommend

Yesman - Danny Wallace
Motorcycle Diaries - Che Guevara
Chasing Che - Patrick Symmes
Geurra - Jason Webster
Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know - Ranulph Fiennes
Facing Up - Bear Grylls

too many others to list here!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I ran the Great North Run in a homemade bobsled for charity :)

Cycled from London to Sydney.

Teach, Learn, Share

Currently trying to learn:
-Spanish (beginner)
-SLR Photography(intermediate)
-Salsa (although attempts for me to learn to dance have been somewhat disastrous so far!)
-to discover other cultures from around the world
-Anything else interesting really

Can Teach
-I can help you with conversational English if you are learning the language
-Basics of photography
- I have good experience of trekking and hiking outdoors, if you want any advice on anything like that or about the Lake District in England.
-General travel advice of places i've been/I know (The Uk, Most of Europe, some of South America, Middle East, Asia, Australia)
- Cycle touring advice (see www.jamesdesmond.com) or send me a message!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom

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