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Music. I just moved back home to Yorkshire in the north of England after 12 years of living abroad, in France, Belgium, Sweden and Norway. I'll always be a traveller and, once it's safe to do so, will be out and about once more.
Spend most of my time playing music, meeting people and trying to learn more about everything. I did my first couchsurfing in April 2014, and spent the whole month surfing and hitchhiking around Europe and met some truly wonderful people. Since then I've been taking myself more and more seriously as a musician and doing my day job less.
"You're never too old to become exactly what you want to be". Unless you want to be an athlete of course.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It's the best community!
I moved home to the UK in 2020 and by 2022 I plan to move to a place which allows me to host once more. I've missed it rather a lot.
Playing music, writing music, recording music... Also comic books, movies, books without pictures sometimes. Languages.... love them. Too many interesting ones, too little time. Music is definitely the favourite though. Especially singing, and learning new instruments.
- board games
Music, Movies, and Books
Everything by David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, etc. - not the comedian), everything by Kazuo Ishiguro (especially Remains of the Day), everything by Orhan Pamuk, plenty of Yukio Mishima, Hellboy (graphic novels).
All Miyazaki films (especially My Neighbour Totoro) and most Studio Ghibli (especially Grave of the Fireflies), Twelve Monkeys, Donny Darko, American Beauty, In the Mood for Love, Fallen Angel (Wong Kar Wai), You and Me and Everyone Else We Know, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, pretty much all Kevin Smith films before he started directing action and horror... Oh and watch Madventures! (TV series)
Steve Reich! Especially Music for 18 Musicians. Then there's Jeff Buckley, Bat for Lashes, Radiohead, Björk, Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, Feist, Dozer, Deftones, the Pixies, A Perfect Circle, Alice in Chains, Regina Spektor, Tomas Dvorak, Silversun Pickups, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, Laura Veirs, the Mars Volta, At the Drive In, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Robin Trower, Dave Brubeck, Sigur Ros, Jose Gonzalez, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Puscifer, Mates of State, Florence & the Machine, Kings of Leon, Melt Banana, Steely Dan, Joe Hisaishi, Fatoumata Diawara, Fever Ray, Sufjan Stevens, Karen Dalton, Vashti Bunyan, Warpaint, Phillip Glass, And So I Watch You From Afar, Esperanza Spalding, Oumou Sangare, Tigran Hamasyan, Nina Simone, Iva Bittova...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hitchhiked about 1500km around Europe with a double bass.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach some music theory. I also play a number of different instruments, and though I wouldn't be the best person to teach any of them, I could definitely give pointers to beginners/intermediate players! Can definitely give some pointers when it comes to singing.
I love languages - English is my mother tongue, my Swedish is excellent and should be seeing as I translate, I once was fluent in French but need to brush up, and I'm currently studying Russian. So maybe I can throw some of that at you. We can also talk about the influences of the Vikings' Old Norse language on modern-day English in certain pockets of the country. I love that stuff.
Would like to learn any language really. Learning new languages is always fun. Even if I can just pick up a few words or phrases. But I also enjoy learning about how languages work and the history behind them.
I also love to get tips from others on playing. Or learn a new instrument. So if you play anything, let's talk about it!
What I Can Share with Hosts
All of the above. Plus I'm a mean cook; especially when it comes to vegan food.
Countries I’ve Visited
Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, England, France, Norway, Sweden