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Laura Thornbury

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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Overview

  • 29 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 28, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • "On the job"!
  • From Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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About Me

Hi, I'm Laura, from Bristol. After living there all my life, I after I qualified as a nurse in January '12, moved to Reading, just west of London, and have moved back in 2015. I'm hoping this will lead to a lot more opportunity and I plan to work overseas eventually. I suppose I'm happy so long as I've tried something.

Over time, I'd like to make it to world events and festivals, as well as explore more of the UK. I particularly enjoy being outdoors and hiking, canoeing or whatever's going!

PHILOSOPHY

No regrets. It's no good looking back at what could have been said or done, do the best you can at the time.

Don't wait for other people.

"Life's a journey...travel well"

And finally...On being asked to remember something, write it down - "The bluntest pencil is better than the sharpest brain!"

UPDATE, NOV 2014 - Not paying money to be 'Verified'

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I'm just about still on Couchsurfing because of the positive changes it brought to my life. I no longer participate to a great degree, unfortunately due to the difficulty of moving around it and a gradual decrease in participation. My activity on it tends to be more in the Facebook groups, but I hope that occasionally I will find myself using it to meet other locals and keep a little of the old activity going.

I'm glad I saw the project at it's best, however and made countless connections with others. I miss the regular interactions.

I am a member of couchsurfing to meet like-minded people and experience new destinations as a local. I stayed active in the past by attending and organising events and have been tour guide in my home groups. Through this, I saw my own home in a new light.

- "The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

I'm happy to give advice where it's needed, so drop me a message and I'll see if I can help.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I first surfed in Scotland, I've shown people round Bristol, attend local events...& even been a tenant. No two encounters have been the same!

I've realised that a large part of travelling is the people you meet - it enables you to do this as well as meet locals, some of whom have become friends, some whom I've ended up arranging further trips with, and creating good memories with.

I've met like-minded people who also have real passions for anything that is travel, travel-related or culture. People like this are hard to come by in everyday life, let alone to be actively doing something about their ambitions, so I'm grateful to those who have shared their experiences with me.

It is becoming difficult, however.

Interests

Music- I attempt the guitar and accordian (no, not at the same time, but wouldn't that be fun!?!). Any tips/guitar tutorial/jamming welcome!
Theatre- plays, musicals, concerts...
Psychology
Local history
Am a volunteer first aider with St John Ambulance, attending everything from small fairs to big sports events.
Travel, of course!

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Comedy, light entertainment.

Books: Not much of a reader, but I've enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden), The Other Boleyn Girl (Philippa Gregory), Children of the Dust (Louise Lawrence).

Music: Not a massive follower of music, or fan of anything particular. Folky and rock stuff are probably my favourite. Though I like classics like the Beatles, and I've even taken a special trip to Liverpool for this reason!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I went on pilgrimage to Lourdes in the south of France in 2006 as part of a group with special needs children. This is a fantastic place, as there's something about the experience- this is the word I'd prefer to use- that's special, even if like me you're not particularly religious and looking after the children can be a challenge at times. I have no plans to return just yet, but when I do, I want it to be in the capacity of group nurse- every group needs one!

Teach, Learn, Share

I occasionally try to learn Spanish and German, so any help is much appreciated!

Share? When I joined CS, I wanted to find some travel companions; and I found plenty of you! I would love to continue this with more members.

I seem to have become known in my home group for my strong Bristol accent, so perhaps can enlighten you to that a little?

I am aware that I cannot cook well, but that my skills lie a little more in baking lovely sweet goodies, so perhaps I can make something nice up!

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

United Kingdom

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