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Get through Europe dining out of my thermus.
People call me the Beard. I don't even know why anymore. I'm a Melbourne gal avoiding an Arts degree to go through Europe. I love pancakes, I hate licorice. My Seinnheisers are surgically attached to my neck, but live music is always better. I'm classically clarinet trained, I've dabbled with sax and nowadays, I play bass and pathetically attempt to play piano. Although, get me onto Karaoke and I'll blow your mind. I've been living in Barcelona for the past five months and now I'm off to see Europe and the U.K. with six others from Australia. NOTE: We do not say "G'day" nor do we ride kangaroos.I want to listen to music, make art and hear stories. With a good cup of coffee and a cigarette.
Treat others as you wish to be treated.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've just started traveling and so I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to couch surfing. But hope that I can do a bit of surfing and meet some new people :)
Surfed with...Flora: I was hosted by Flora in Paris and it. was. delightful. It was a last minute thing for my friend Jessie and I when we went to Rock En Seine for the weekend. We ate baguettes, I attempted to speak French (dismally) and went on a picnic with her friends. Between eating a ridiculous amount of cheese and chasing off gypsies, it was a really fun!Elisabeth: In London, we didn't really think about accomodation until it was too late. So, after long harrowing hours of sending requests, we finally tried the emergency group. SUCCESS! Elisabeth was amazing, she told us about little quirks of London, about her our country back home, she cooked crepes and she was so bubbly. Unfortunately she had uni during the day but she was able to squeeze us around her busy schedule and made us feel very at home with her flat mates.In January I'm hoping to use couchsurfing a lot more :) Also do some hosting when I settle back down in Melbourne.
I love music, art, drawing, theatre, movies, partying, the beach...I love a good coffee or beer. I like to go out at night. I like talking to random travelers. I'm interested in languages and the way people communicate. I went to Spain as an aupair for 5 months and I must say going to a country where I don't know the language has been incredible. That said, my Spanish is not great. At all.
- live music
- table tennis
Music, Movies, and Books
My music changes with my mood but I'm pretty open to most music, as long as it's good. And by good I mean it actually has some interesting qualities.
A nibble of my taste: Radiohead, Blur, Velvet Underground, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Nick Cave, The Birthday Party, The Rolling Stones, The xx, The Gorillaz, The Veils, Lou Reed, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Supergrass, Talking Heads, The Black Keys, Interpol.
My favourite author would be Ken Kesey, he is hilarious! Not to mention clever. H.G. Wells is amazing, I'm addicted to J.R.R Tolkien, I like to pretend I can read French novels, Harry Potter shaped my childhood. Albert Camaus intimidates me but I love his work all the same.
I like movies. Lots of movies. Quentin Tarintino is a legend. I like confusing movies and movies that blow your mind. Luis Bunel and David Lynch are perfect for a night time session of confusion.Top Five Films:-Pulp Fiction-High Fidelity-Goodbye Lenin-Indiana Jones; Raiders of the Lost Ark. -Garden StateThat was actually a lot more difficult to narrow down than I thought.
FACT: The book is better always than the movie. Unless it's Star Wars. That does not work in literature. At all.
Now, CS doesn't say anything about television but let's go a little crazy. I don't like trash television, that tripe rots your brains. But there are some credible shows in this world that are so well thought out, so well written and so well designed that it can be as artistic as a film. Or they are just hilarious. Breaking Bad The Office [US&UK]Doctor WhoDeath NoteAlways Sunny in Philadelphia
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
To be honest, I've avoided this space for a while. But it's been bothersome seeing this box blank. There's so much pressure to write about something 'amazing'. I haven't yodelled on Mount Everest nor done the chicken dance on Kilamanjaro... not yet anyway. In reality, simple things can be amazing and I am a conissieur of simple pleasures.For example...In Figueres, after visiting the Dali Museum, my friend and I grabbed some wine, cheese and darts. We found a stair case and a ladder, and just climbed to the top of the building next door to this amazing theatre. With some tunes playing and some philosophical discussion, the view was absolutely perfect. Barcelona fiestas. I don't think I could choose one. Fireworks EVERYWHERE! Sometimes there were hand made dragons moving, breathing fire. People, young and old dressed as demons hold giant sticks with fireworks spinning around on them whilst others dance underneath. Not safe. In the slighest. In fact, I was quite surprised one night when I went for a walk to my local park to play table tennis, to find that a drum procession and what seemed to be the entire Lord of the Ring's cast lighting pertardos and caotically dancing.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: How to make amazing pancakes. Good English aye!
Learn: French, Spanish, new music.
Share: Stories. I love stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In