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I am an Irish guy and I lived in the Middle East for 35 years. My partner is from Asia and speaks millions of languages. We are both moved to Manchester in 2019 and now live in Sale, a very pleasant town in the south of Greater Manchester (20 minutes from the city centre by tram). We are easy-going, relaxed and enjoy meeting new people. It really is that simple! We hosted many couchsurfers when we were in the Middle East and met one of the closest friends in our lives through CS.
Je suis irlandais et j'ai vécu au Moyen-Orient pendant 35 ans. Mon partenaire vient d'Asie et parle des millions de langues. Aujourd'hui nous habitons désormais Sale, une ville très agréable du sud du Grand Manchester (à 20 minutes du centre-ville en tram). Nous sommes faciles à vivre, détendus et aimons rencontrer de nouvelles personnes. C'est aussi simple que ça! Nous avons accueilli de nombreux couchsurfeurs lorsque nous étions au Moyen-Orient et avons rencontré l'un des amis les plus proches de notre vie grâce à CS.
عشت في الشرق الأوسط لمدة 35 عامًا. أتحدث اللهجة المصرية والسورية.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
الضيوف الذين يتحدثون العربية أو الفرنسية مرحب بهم بشكل خاص.
Les couchsurfers qui parlent arabe ou français sont particulièrement les bienvenus.
For three reasons. (1) To meet interesting people and to learn something new from them. (2) To give something back. Throughout my life, I have benefitted from the kindness and hospitality of people when I was travelling and when I lived in the Middle East. (3) To be able to practice my Arabic or French, if possible.
Reading, cinema, swimming, and gym, travelling and being with interesting people.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Almost everything except modern jazz and heavy metal.
Books: Where to start? I grew up in a house with books and so I read a book every week. I have wide tastes. My favourite writers in English are Jane Austen and George Orwell. I am currently reading "Naples '44" by Norman Lewis, "Middlemarch" and Thomas Hardy's "Poems 1912-13", some of the most astonishing and beautiful poems in the English Language. I also read in French and have just finished "En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule" by Edouard Louis.
Films: Again, I have very wide tastes. The two best films are that I have seen in the last few years are "Caché" (2005 - directed by Michael Haneke) and "Roma" (2018 - directed by Alfonso Cuaron)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
- I worked as a security guard for a year.
- I am a part-time judge (magistrate)
- I lived in the Middle East for 35 years. I love the region and I feel completely comfortable there.
- I spent 18 months living with peasant farmers in the north of Sudan in a village three days north of Khartoum and without electricity and without running water. It was the best thing that I have ever done in my life (in spite of having had malaria three times).
- My 30 months living in Damascus changed my life. I still speak Arabic with a Syrian accent and my heart remains in "Bilad Ash-Sham".
- I am a passionate francophile. I echo the words of Thomas Jefferson: "Every man has two countries - his own and France".
Teach, Learn, Share
French and Arabic
What I Can Share with Hosts
A fully furnished room with its own bathroom and internet connection. We can also offer very good coffee first thing in the morning. Could you ask for more?
Countries I’ve Visited
Armenia, Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Bahrain, Egypt, France, Ireland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates