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To fill my years with life rather than fill my life with years.
Travelling and making friends is my total passion. I love meeting people from all walks of life. If I had my youth all over again I would go to uni and study anthropology but then again, in my own way, I have been a non-certified anthropologist all my adult life. Culture is a passion for me and understanding and communicating with natives of whatever country is of the utmost importance. Comfort and food are definitely secondary. I have met so many people in the strangest of circumstances and can't believe how full the world is of wonderful people. Back home I ran a homestay for 4 years and filled it with students from all parts of the globe. Now I have packed up my house and my kids no longer live at home and I am living my dream.
STRANGERS ARE ONLY PEOPLE WHO AREN'T FRIENDS YET.
The philosophy I wholeheartedly follow to make a travelling adventure as fulfilling as possible :-
* Smile a lot
* Talk to strangers
* Accept all invitations
* Eat everything you're offered.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away.
In my own words ...A smile costs nothing but goes an enormous distance to breaking down the barriers. That is just the beginning. There is a lot of good in this world and by being a nice person, you can experience so much more and have a far richer life. I try to do nothing I would later regret in any way or ever hurt anyone. I believe that what you give is what you get, so only give your best.
And...stolen from another CSer
One can pay back the loan of gold, but one is forever in debt to those who are kind.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
As I have spent times in various cities I have joined those local groups and tried to participate where I can. I offer kindness, respect, friendship and fun and if I can help anyone out, it makes me even happier. I hope to offer light and spread happiness where I tread.
I think it is a brilliant and beautiful concept.It pulls like-minded people together, makes the world a lot smaller and its inhabitants a lot closer.
I love world music, singing, tennis, squash, sailing, snow skiing, cycling, hiking, horse riding, dancing ceroc, international cuisine, opera, ballet, animals, learning languages and backgammon.
Music, Movies, and Books
I love travel books and non fiction mostly.
I prefer foreign films and world music. Enjoyed very much the Cuban Piano Jazz I experienced in Cuba recently.
My all time favourite book would have to be The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe. The true story of a Swedish doctor who is called to work in Capri during WWII. His passion for culture and compassion for animals is simply outstanding. A bestseller of its time, still in print 70 years after first being published, in many languages.
My latest favourites are :
Rab Ne Bana Di Joji - an Indian movie riding off the back of Slumdog. It is great. Try to catch it.
Habla Con Ella Directed by Pedro Almodovar
World Without End (sequel to Pillars of the Earth) by Ken Follett
Shantaram - a biography by an academic who escaped prison in Melbourne and become a member of the underworld in India. A total page-turner, Must Read, good as a thriller. I couldn't keep my nose out of the book. By Gregory Roberts. Available in Turkish here!
Would like to recommend Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres for anyone visiting Turkey who is interested in history with a fictional novel entwined. Very well written by same author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Participating in the EMYR (Eastern Med Yacht Rally) where we sailed in and out of 6 countries and down through the Suez Canal. I then went overland to Jordan - treasured memories for life. The people I met, the things I did, one day I hope I can tell you.
Also, going to the ANZAC memorial day in Gallipoli was incredible for me. Spending a day with a Bedouin man in his little shop in Petra, Jordan taught me more about kindness than I ever believed possible. Recently snorkelling with an old Turkish man where he had to hold me under the water as I had no weights and he wanted me to see thousands of fish living under a ledge a few meters down and I couldnt do it alone. Hitchhiking to Olympos and being picked up by a young Turkish boy on his motorbike. 10 mins later he stopped the bike, took off his helmet and gave it to me to wear for the rest of the trip. This touched my heart.
Teach, Learn, Share
For the moment I teach English and perhaps I will pick up other skills I can teach later but for now, this is possibly the most useful.
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Malta, New Caledonia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States