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I now use this page for me and my girlfriend on our travels around Europe and beyond. We are very light-hearted, fun-loving people who want to explore hosts' cities and countryside and let our hair down and have some fun!
We have lots to share from our stories back home to our stories from the road and we are not just after a 'free' bed! We use Couchsurfing as a way to understand a culture much more richly than staying in a lonely hotel!
As of May 2018, The below is now quite out of date, it was written 3 years ago when I was cycling from England to India. -CURRENT MISSION
Living on my bicycle as I go from England to India and every where in between! Really I want to meet local people in order to share some humanity and learn of new (to me) cultures and ways of life
I am currently cycling from England to India for charity (www.EnglandToIndia.com). I'm having to re-write this bit as it said I had my route for Asia all planned out; if only! Cycling across Europe was fun and easy. I've just come out of the Pamirs and am looking forward to pushing hard to get across Tibet!
I'm very easy going, I rarely do things in a rush, although I love leaving things to the last minute (I don't why)!
I love reggae music, I have my own radio station at www.feeljahfm.com where you can see a picture of me when I had dreads!
I tend to get up late and go to bed late, although when travelling this becomes get up early and still go to bed late.
I'm a vegan, although this sometimes slips to vegetarian as my will power has let me down recently :( UPDATE: Since travelling I have accepted the local people's way of life and so I eat anything offered to me (for many reasons)!
That's about it really!
I could so easily take up the whole page with this box! My thoughts and outlook change all the time, but my longest standing theory is that as long as you do what you believe is good, then you will feel alright. That's sort of taken from a lyric by the Streets: "Do what you think's right, and you will feel alright. Coz when you are bad you will feel sad".
I don't believe in any God in particular but I definitely don't have the answers, there's probably something out there!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm not the sort of tourist who gets huge kicks out of spending 2 hours walking through stunning ancient palaces. Instead, I love to talk to the native people (even if we don't share a word of the same language) to get an idea of how their culture was formed and what life is like for them.
Depending on who I'm staying with, I sometimes cook for my host, show photos of home and my trip, teach them the Rubik's cube, help them learn the "Queen's English" or just get involved in whatever activities were going on before I arrived.
Lots of experiences of staying with local people, especially since Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. CS has been truly amazing for me. Sometimes it comes at just the right time, when I've really needed to relax with people who are easy to get a long with and understand a Westerner's occasional need to be western!
People, music, laughter, love, reggae, current affairs, cycling, philosophy and more recently; recent history of the countries I visit.
- reggae music
Music, Movies, and Books
Reggae, rock, folk, jazz, dub, dubstep, indie.
The Road, Shawshank Redemption, Life is Beautiful, so so many others that I can't remember now that I probably prefer!
I don't read half as much as I should :( But I just finished the book "Taliban" by Ashmed Rashid which was a great read about the new Great Game in Afghanistan. Now onto a story book devised from the teaching of Lao Tzu!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Cycling the Pamir Highway, camping in -31c at 4,300m elevation by myself.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: Useless and very useful computer skills, bicycle maintenance, navigational skills and general life-hacking, Rubik's Cube, How to find somewhere to sleep and eat without paying or asking (without using CS)!
Learn: the language of whichever country I'm in, a new recipe to take home, something special or a little known secret about the country in which I'm travelling (to make myself sound knowledgeable when I write my blog).
Countries I’ve Visited
Afghanistan, Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In