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Nick Parkin

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 11 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Journalist / Writer / Teacher
  • University
  • From Melbourne, Australia
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Journey

ABOUT ME

Hey! I'm a journalist / writer / teacher / traveller from Melbourne, Australia.

I'm very social and I like meeting new people. Please say hello! visited 36 states (16%)Create your own visited map of The World or Triposo world travel guide for Android

PHILOSOPHY

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. This philosophy tends to keep me happy most of the time.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I was an active member of the couchsurfing community when I lived in Tokyo in 2011, and I made some life-long friends.

More recently, I have been couch-surfing in Europe and South America!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've slept on many floors, couches, futons, and occasionally (if I'm lucky) beds during my travels.

I have also given weary travellers a place to sleep in my house in Australia on many occasions.

Interests

My interests are pretty diverse but here goes: I love travelling anywhere and everywhere, I'm really passionate about music (particularly electronic styles, but i'm open to anything), and I love going out and having fun.

I work as a journalist / freelance writer / media teacher - so I have a strong interest in current affairs, international relations and politics.

On the less serious side, I also enjoy extreme sports (mountain biking and snowboarding), DJing, producing music, cooking Asian food (particularly Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Indian), reading, writing... and also occasionally playing video games (yes, I'm a slight geek).

At the moment I'm also trying to learn Portugese!

Music, Movies & Books

Music:

Mostly UK & German styles of electronica, as well as US hip hop. I spend my spare time DJing and producing music... so basically I like stuff that has a bit of bass underneath it.

However, I am really open to all kinds of music - rock, indie, dancehall, reggae, classical. Good music is good music!

Movies:

I appreciate films that don't take themselves too seriously... and I do tend to lean towards sci-fi / fantasy / adventure titles. My favourite film is Spirited Away.

Books:

I'm a journalist by trade, so newspapers and magazines are what I consume every day. I also like to read both fiction and non-fiction books when I get the chance - often classic novels and history books.

Video Games:

The forgotten category! I'm into everything.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Every year brings its own amazing experiences. Last year, I landed my first jump on a snowboard. This year, I ate the best sashimi of my life. Next year... who knows?

Teach, Learn, Share

What can I teach?

I know the news business intimately. If you want to know about the media, news, writing, journalism, then I'm your man. Sometimes the answers aren't pretty :)

I'm also an amateur music producer / DJ - so I love collaborating and talking music with anyone who shares this passion.

And I have been a freelance tech writer in the past. I can possibly fix your computer... maybe...

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