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Why live life on a merry-go-round when you could live it on a rollarcoaster?
After studying at the University of Victoria [on Vancouver Island in British Columbia] for a full academic year for my second year of university, I travelled all over North America between the months of April - July 2012 and I have been well and truly bitten by the travelling bug. I graduated from the University of Exeter in July 2013 and am still figuring what to do with myself. I didn't want to move back home and found myself working on a beautiful island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean just off the coast of Cornwall. So I get both sea, sunshine whilst not being too far from home... (a secret paradise, when the sun shines - see The Isles of Scilly for more details). In the meantime, I am trying out a bit of the ol' internship in Dublin's financial district gaining some work experience for a few months before I head back to Scilly to work a full season. After that? Who knows...
I am a chilled out girl, I love spontaneity and I tend to go with the flow. I drink tea by the galleon.
I love a good jigsaw puzzle.
A single day is enough to make us a little larger or, another time, a little smaller.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
In Dublin for 9 weeks staying with a wonderful host family while I intern in the city during the week.
I'm hoping to explore both the city and see more of Ireland during my weekends.
Keen to meet fellow couchsurfers and share stories!
My first experience with CS was through my roommate Alice when we were living together in Victoria, BC. I had never heard of it before and thought it was an amazing idea, which we tried as we were travelling together.
I have had some incredible couchsurfing experiences. It was basically how I travelled throughout North America. Some of the most memorable ones were with an amazing family in Seattle, a group of graduates in San Francisco (the Mission area), some students in Chicago, a variety of hosts in New York City! A doctor in Boston, two very cool hosts in Toronto, the best group of Aussie boys in Jasper (this one is a top favourite experience) and the most kindest couple in Comox, when we returned to Vancouver Island.
The bottom line is that each of these couchsurfs were different, and each one was enriching, interesting and most definitely is that extra 'something' when discovering a new place. Having a local or someone who knows the area well means they can share the little 'easter eggs' of a place that no tour guide or lonely planet book can tell you about...
Road trips - Van Island is one of the best places in the world for these.
Baking - the best past time
Literature - I am a massive fan of Victorian literature, but recently I've been studying post-colonialism and I've been reading African literature in addition to Canadian literature. One day I will read Ulysses.
Film - I try and keep up with current films, but I'm always keen for a classic
Cycling - I'm really lucky to live in a place where there are beautiful cycle trails which I what I tend to spend a lot of my weekends/summers doing when the sun is shining
Music - I tend to have rather eccentric/bipolar music tastes but I like to think that my iTunes has a little something for everyone. I love making playlists.
Hiking - my uni housemates and I did the Three Peaks Challenge in 32 hours (June 2013) which was one of the most mentally straining things I have done, but I'm proud to have done it
The countryside/beaches - a Kernow girl can't deny how lucky she is to live with the beach at her doorstep
Music, Movies, and Books
Everything and anything. I love books (English Lit student) ranging from the classics (Austen, Dickens, Hardy) to the American Greats (Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Steinbeck) to whatever's on the best seller lists.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
My great-granny lived to a hundred years old. That's an entire century and I find that pretty amazing.
Also, my year on exchange is Canada was the best decision I ever made. Not only did it open my eyes, but it's how I discovered Couchsurfing.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can offer some dry British humour at its most authentic...
Countries I’ve Visited
Philippines, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, United Kingdom