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I am an Vietnamese-American-Irishman (tri Vietnam/US/Irish national) living in Singapore, after 12 years in Lyon, France. In Singapore I hope to get to know new people and travel around Asia. I'm very interested in politics and international events, and it is always interesting to hear non-Americans' views on the world and the US. I enjoy a good bottle of French wine, nice coffee outside in city squares watching people, and talking about travels.
When I travel my priorities are visiting the tourist sites (museums, monuments, buildings, squares, etc.) and taking lots of photos! To me, my photos are my travel journal. Someday I hope to write a book somehow incorporating my many travels. But for now I focus on the traveling part rather than the writing part.
As I often travel alone, I love to meet new people and learn about the place I am, and learn about people themselves. More than just a quick chat at a store, I like to learn about how people got where they are, and where they want to go.
And I love to exchange travel stories.
I've been to more than 60 countries, and many of them I have visited quite a bit of, while others I have only seen one or two places (probably the capital).
I recently published a novel (www.liamhdooley.com) which is an backpacking international crime adventure, inspired by my travels. It even has a Couchsurfing element!
There are too many languages to learn, and too many places to visit.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I go to parties and meetings when I travel. I have never stayed at a couchsurfer's place, and don't have room for one in Lyon. But again, I love to have a coffee, meet up at a bar, or join a CS party. As I travel a lot, for work and pleasure, it is nice to meet people who are open to visitors and travelers rather than sit by myself in a dark corner of a bar being ignored, or even worse locked up in my hotel room.
I've never stayed on a couch, as I prefer the independence a hostel or hotel offers. But I love to meet up socially with people, and have a nice drink, dance, and talk. Social CS gatherings are great, because people are open minded and like to talk about all sorts of things. I've hosted once.
Opera, classical music, traveling, cats, French, France, politics, history, wine, movies, etc. I enjoy a range of art, history, archaeology, culture, etc. I usually try to visit city history museums, and national history museums first; as well as monuments, palaces, and any site that is unique and/or famous for the city or place.
I also love to go to places where not many people go - but of course, these places are harder to get to and I'm less likely to be anywhere near them.
- classical music
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I was hit by a car and wasn't too injured. Everywhere I go I usually manage to meet cats (I like cats a lot).
Teach, Learn, Share
I can talk about politics, science, defense planning, creative writing, and traveling.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Ireland, Singapore, Sweden, United States