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  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Japanese
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • International Man of Leisure™, wannabe anthropologist and...
  • Master's in Human Rights Law & Political Science
  • From Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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About Me

28-year-old British guy living in Barcelona. Autodidact. Hardcore foodie. Japanophile. Retired kickboxer. Wannabe anthropologist. World class napper. Mario Kart God.

I spend around 3/4 of the year teaching intensive English courses for a Spanish university, the other 1/4 is dedicated to my true calling of being an international man of leisure. I also have my own little side-business offering exam-preparation classes by Skype if you're interested... (did I mention I'm a shameless self-promoter?)

Other interests include;
Watching Netflix, saying "hey that guy was in 'X' series" whilst watching Netflix, arguing about politics, explaining the philosophy behind fridge-stocking, half-reading books and then never picking them up again, getting trapped in never-ending Wikipedia loops.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I'm here to make new friends, learn languages, and find out as much about other cultures as I can. I'm more of an introvert than an extrovert, so I really enjoy getting to know people before I travel.

Quiero presentarme al examen de C1 de español, así que necesitaré practicar tanto como se pueda. Siempre busco personas con las que pueda hacer intercambios, y he conocido a muchos amigos buenos así por aquí en couchsurfing. Si quieres quedar conmigo algún día para practicar, siempre estoy dispuesto. Solo hay que avisar.

こんにちは、私 ジエムス です。はじめまして。私はイギリス人です、マンチェスター から来ました。お世話になります。My Japanese is VERY basic, but I'm trying!! I plan to spend 3-4 months travelling around Japan in 2018, and I'm starting to think of my itinerary. So far I plan to visit; Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Horoshima and Okinawa. (I've already visited Tokyo and Hokkaido). I'd like to make some friends before I arrive!


Food, food, and more food! Learning languages, making friends, learning about the places I visit, taking photos, telling jokes, telling stories.

  • writing
  • street art
  • photography
  • japanese food
  • board games
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • anthropology
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • language exchange
  • food
  • travelling
  • learning languages
  • korean food
  • kickboxing
  • japanese culture
  • brazilian jiu jitsu
  • eastern philosophy
  • political philosophy

Music, Movies, and Books

Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac, Steven Pinker, Noam Chomsky, Michel Foucault.

Michael Jackson, Nina Simone, Bobby Womack, Prince, Bill Withers

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Difficult to choose, but some of the most amazing things I've SEEN are;

The Sapporo Snow Festival, the Salto de Caburní waterfalls in Cuba, Havana sunsets, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Big Sur, ALL of Costa Rica, the Lantau Buddha in Hong Kong, seeing Fuji-san from the air, seeing the Beijing New Year fireworks from the air... to name but a few!

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you some; English, Spanish, Muy Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Filipino stick-fighting, political philisophy and terrible jokes.

I'd like to learn some; more Spanish, Japanese, photography, cultural curiosities.

I'd like to share some; great food, nice drinks, life stories, terrible jokes, philosophies on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Stories, life philosophies, good conversation, a love of good food, my famous scrambled eggs for breakfast, AND a place to stay and an expert tour guide the next time you're in Barcelona... not bad, eh?

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Panama, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Spain, United Kingdom

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