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Enjoy living within and experiencing different cultures, trying new tastes, hearing new sounds, seeing sights that blow me away.
I'm a theoretical physicist trying to make his way in this confusing universe. I spent seven years living in a few different countries working in various universities, learning and researching as I went, attempting to pick up the local languages, meet as many interesting people and have as many amazing experiences as possible. I'm now settled in Cape Town and working as a lecturer.
For a bit more of an idea about what makes me get up every morning, take a look at my blog (www.jonstraveladventures.blogspot.com - now sadly rather neglected).
You rarely regret the things you do. You usually regret the things you don't do.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Lots of hosting. I've hosted well over 300 people so far and it's been an incredible experience.
Please read my profile if you want to stay. I usually get a dozen or so requests a week and the majority of them are impersonal bulk emails. You're much more likely to get a positive response with a personal request.
I host a lot these days and have had so many wonderful conversations, meals, laughs, and experiences with people from around the world that it has really brought a new dimension of richness to my life. It's a wonderful way to bridge gaps and to bring people together. I hope to do more surfing myself in the future, but for now I'm very happy to host whenever I can.
Understanding, traveling, eating, reading, movies, music, photographing, people, places, culture, sports, sleeping, waking, sitting, dancing, talking, drinking...the normal and then some more.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: Steinbeck, Marquez, Murakami, Hemmingway, Green, Kundera, Rushdie, Moore, Joyce, Roy, David Mitchel, confusing and thought provoking...
Movies: Kim Ki Duk, Wong Kar Wai, Herzog, Moodyson, Miike, the weird and the wonderful...
Music: The Beatles, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Amon Tobin, , The Roots, Holly Golightly, David Bowie, Jurassic 5, Sonic Youth, Miles Davis, Ryan Adams, Fats Waller, Susumu Yokota, DJ Shadow, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Holiday, Plaid, Louis Armstrong, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jackson C Frank, The Libertines, Badly Drawn Boy, The Kinks, Arvo Pärt, Beastie Boys, Aphex Twin, Oscar Peterson, Nightmares on Wax, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Duke Ellington, Boards of Canada, Bert Jansch, John Coltrane, Elastica, Röyksopp, Kings of Leon, Daft Punk, Tom Waits, Four Tet
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Living in china for two years, travelling in Sichuan, walking through the temples of Kyoto and the Kimberley mountains in Australia, drinking in the bars in Tokyo and stumbling through the morning light of Beijing, cycling from Land´s End to John O´groats - that may seem like more than one but it's all part and parcel of the same thing.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: All you wanted to know about the universe but were afraid to ask - well, try me anyway. I love to explain the work I do, and try to enthuse people about how incredible the workings of our world really are!
Learn: About cultures, people, views, languages, music. If you can teach me home recipes I'm always on the lookout.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I've hosted surfers from:
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Latvia, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Russia
North America: Canada, Mexico, US
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru
Africa: Benin, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia
Asia: China, Indonesia, Israel, India, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore
If you are from a country that I've never hosted anyone from, please get in contact!
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom