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As a SURFER ~ I am a newbie when it comes to couchsurfing but a seasoned traveler. I will send you a scan of my ID as proof if you will host me and any other information that you request. In this, 2018 summer, plan to visit Canada ; I am an science analyst; visiting museums and institutions of Climate - Change and Renewable Energy. I am involved an Erasmus + project looking at how museums broaden adult education. I am backpacking across from Halifax through Quebec City , Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Yellowhead County, Ebson, Vancouver. I am a people - person better at working with children but have experience with working with adults with special needs. Just finished caring for my late my elderly uncle. Need some respite and contact with some sustainable environment and grounded people. Others go off to Asia and India, I'm going off to Canada !! I have met some lovely Canadians through CouchSurfing whilst hosting and many who have had great experiences in Canada. In western provinces, hope to find and meetup with Bahrynowski cousins who branched off and escaped eastern European politics before the Russian Alaskan Purchase and migrated to Canada before official Canadian history.
If you are Canadian and an artist ;do read this link for a project funding and get back to me; https://www.britishcouncil.ca/programmes/arts/quebec-uk-connections/call-proposals-2019-2020
As a HOST ~I think that I am a moderately good and fair host. I insist on a photocopy of your passport and your home address whether you are verified or not.
I live in Zone 2, Battersea/Clapham, in a rare house designed in 1830 and built after, in the South of London, SW12 8TY , far from the Luton and Stanstead Airports. It is a tedious journey from Heathrow. It is not ideal for one night transits. Clapham Junction is closer to Gatwick airport. This is not good for early morning outbound flights. There is no 24 hour access and a curfew after 11pm. I like my sleep. The best window of arrival is between 18:00 and 20:00 to get you organised. Induction takes about 50 minutes.
There are lots of books and a large garden with a family of 5 foxes, several neighbour's cats, plenty of bird life and squirrels. One grey cat jumps up to the 1st floor and stares through the window. The first time you will see only two tiny red eyes and just make out a grey body around the eyes in the night. A squirrel climbs the drain pipe and they are known to enter and steal nuts. Starlings nest in the eaves and pigeons nest under the solar panels. Birds sing during the night because of light pollution and even more at dusk.
There is a cherry tree and 300 year old Mulberry tree from the time of the Huguenot. They started a lace industry in Wandsworth. When the Mulberry tree bares fruit there is a competition between us and the bird community as to who picks the most fruit. https://www.moruslondinium.org/map/thurleigh-road
The river Wandle is worth exploring, it is about 12 miles long and since Roman times has been a hive of industry given the mechanical force. I recommend the River Wandle museum. I am a member of British museum and can get one person into the exhibition for free. Sometimes I can obtain free tickets to to concerts and talks.
I am an educator, scientist, owner of the Joanna Pinewood Education Centre. It is a large building and people have got lost if they are too nosey and they could get hurt as there is always redecorating and refurbishment. Sometimes a workshop will be be taking place with international trainees. You can join as long as you don't disturb or disrupt. I am an EU project manager.https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/news/european-commission-unveils-proposal-to-double-erasmus-budget-for-2021-27?cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjcw%3D%3D&refsrc=email
I am prepared to read requests in French or English from students and teachers who are prepared to help me to make a sustainable garden, tidy up their rooms and chores in exchange for accommodation. If you are an interesting person involved in Erasmus + or UN or social funded project management I will read your request.
I will need your full name not nickname and a photocopy of your passport and proof of your address and maybe your parent's details if you are a youngster. If you are missing for 24 hours who am I to alert. It's for your safety and ours. I am registered with Wandsworth Social Services as a tutor so disclosures from children are treated seriously.
I am a member of CAT : Centre of Alternative Technology. http://visit.cat.org.uk/ I do recommend a visit here, you need at least two days. https://courses.cat.org.uk/ If you are thinking of a diploma in architecture or masters in environment check the graduate school - https://gse.cat.org.uk/ You might be able to get Erasmus funding for the graduate courses.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
To make contacts with Canadians , Ukrainians and Belorussians and freshwater sports people.
I would like to do some sailing, rowing or canoeing in Belarus and Ukraine or even in Canada. Hope to get invited.
I will only host people who have have full or nearly completed verification and who will give me a photocopy of their passport/ national ID and show me the original.
I do not give out keys. Please verify your identity. Hope you have got sleeping bags.
- scuba diving
- environmental studies
- foreign languages
- sustainable development
- climate change
- renewable energy
- 3d modeling
- creative writing
- river rafting
- 3d printing
- sustainable agriculture
- healthy diet
- 3d design
- boat building
Music, Movies, and Books
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I think I have done lots so choosing one would be hard and boastful.
Teach, Learn, Share
I am learning about sustainable cooking, gardening and construction.
Rammed Earth Construction
"The addition of a stabiliser makes rammed earth resistant to most moisture but continued exposure to water at the top and bottom of earth walls must be prevented. " quoted from
http://blog.cat.org.uk/2013/03/05/sustainable-architecture-rammed-earth-building/ Sustainable Architecture Blog
I have put the e links that are still live below from the above blog.
What I Can Share with Hosts
If you start the request conversation with the word "Teodozja , your grandmother ", I will know that you have read my profile. This is a rare house so please don't damage he house. Like for woofers this can be an enjoyable visit and a sustainable experience and we might remain friends . Like with woofing there is an exchange of experiences. If you want your stay to be comfortable you have to put in some time on chores. My garden is a priority but priorities change from day to day. If you want your stay to be comfortable you have to put in some time on chores. I ask people who create a messy environment to leave. You will need your own toiletry and grocery supplies. Do not eat in your bedrooms as this attracts vermin. There is a dinning room !! Wannabee commercial travelers and business people looking for a freebie please look elsewhere. Business people involved in sustainability might be accepted.
If you are a distraction or annoyance you will be asked to leave.
If you have a great personality or positive energy and sustainable skills to offer or informally tutor I can give you some time. Don't be surprised if our conversation is over some chores, or 3 dimensional checkers or a game of scrabble or watching TV.
In the British museum; the covered court yard has several coffee points. I like their paper cups with the frescoes on the sides or the Beatrix Potter rabbits. I think they make great souvenirs for tourists. There is a member's bar as well, not been there yet but could. Rodin studied Greek sculpture here.
I often take adult learners and visitors to the embankment at festival hall / south bank between Westminster and Waterloo Bridge. It is well protected from road traffic and there is lots of ethnic food and drink.
Near Putney bridge on the South side , there is a French Market on a Saturday , east of the church along the embankment , there is a plaza with with lots of hip places ; another Saturday market is a farmer's market in Barnes village between Barnes Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge that has a pond with ducks and geese. Further along you have the Wetlands ~ Hammersmith bird sanctuary; you might have to take your own thermos of coffee. On the river at Battersea park, there is the Thai Golden Peace Budha, somewhere there are coffee shops for mums and nannies I expect. . However in Clapham Common, there is by the pond, a caravan that sells a good breakfast and a good coffee to fisherman and workman. I noticed a few days ago a trailer on Vauxhall bridge that sells kebabs and burgers during the night, it is near the new American Embassy. I would also recommend two Thai places, one again South of Putney bridge , sponsored by the Thai Embassy and one on Garret lane corner of Kimber Street or road.
Near Hyde Park there is a little known Sikorski Museum where my grandfather and uncle were contributors. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday . There are free guided tours. Say that I sent you. http://www.pism.co.uk/
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, United Kingdom