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Joe Barnes

Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

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Overview

  • 4 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French, Russian
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • English Teacher / Journalist
  • Novels of Dostoevsky, Dickens, Orwel...
  • From Guildford, England, United Kingdom
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

See the world and put a smile on people's faces

PHILOSOPHY

Always have an open mind and don't be scared to change previously held opinions. Take opportunities when they arise and never, ever, stop learning.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love taking in other peoples cultures and would be happy to show people mine here in Newcastle, though during the holidays this may not be an option...

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Just starting out, I'm hoping to meet a whole world of like minded people who love to travel on here. My first contact has been going for a few pints with Colin Pietruszka, one of the Newcastle group's moderators, who has really inspired me to get further involved in the community.

Interests

My main interest is words. Words are the essence of life. I love reading, I love writing; I keep journals, write articles for newspapers and write as many songs as I can for guitar.

I absolutely adore football too, I can chat to anyone for any amount of time about it, literally never getting bored. I'm a huge fan of Newcastle United and also harbour a soft spot for FC Barcelona - going to football grounds around the world is something of a hobby of mine.

What else? Hm, well I enjoy going snowboarding, I've been about ten times and absolutely love a great day of powder to immerse me and my board in! Love listening to the Ricky Gervais podcasts, listening to music, getting involved in political debates and travelling, I love to travel! It's why I came here!

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Massive fan of the Libertines, Oasis, The Stone Roses, Radiohead and The Smiths, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin. I've been to see plenty of bands live - the new Wembley stadium is a brilliant gig venue! I love hearing new music though; be warned though, sad, mellow stuff can get me really emotional!

My favourite books would probably be Banjo - Claude McKay, The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Moshin Hamid. Just finished reading Things Fall Apart - Chinau Achebe. Books are so important in reflecting cutlures and I think everyone should read books from around the world to as haumanity has such a rich culture that is so often ignored, resulting in biggotry.

As for books, my favourite author is probably Dostoyevsky, a brilliant thinker who can be really inspiring if you find a well translated version. George Orwell too is fantastic, Homage to Catalonia is probably my favourite book.

Movies, too many to name, I can literally watch anything and enjoy it provided it's not too cheesy and american. Started watching Spanish language films to improve my Spanish, Che is absolutely brilliant.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hitchhiked from Mendoza to Buenos Aires solo.

Teach, Learn, Share

Could teach English/Spanish. I could teach anyone the guitar, anyone about my music taste and lots about English Literature and World History - which I'm doing as my degree. I dyed my hair recently too so could teach you to do that!

As for learning, well I'm really keen to learn as many languages as possible, I'd love to be fluent in three within the next four years.

I love cooking with people, so I suppose that could be the shared experience. That and going out :)

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

Argentina, Russian Federation, Spain, United Kingdom

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