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About Me

Hi! I'm Ly-Shan, a student from Glasgow who is currently on exchange in Berkeley. I love travelling, seeing new places and meeting new people! I love listening to all their stories and am constantly pleasantly surprised by the kindness and warmth of strangers.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I want to meet new and interesting people who share the same passions as me! I don't just want to see places the way tourism packages it- I want to see as much of its authenticity as possible. I think that's only possible with some help from a local. I'd love to hear everything about your culture and really get to know the spirit of where ever I visit.


I am a vegetarian and I'm always searching for yummy vegetarian/vegan food where-ever I go! I love a good drink too on a night out. Beer gardens or dive bars are my favourite. I also enjoy going to art museums or any sort of art gallery! Seeing the great outdoors, hiking, etc.

  • arts
  • architecture
  • live music
  • hiking
  • food
  • film
  • galleries
  • drinks

Music, Movies, and Books

I like lots of films but recently I've been really into noir films. The two most recent films I've watched and enjoyed has been In the Mood for Love and Punch-drunk love. I really like David Lynch and Twin peaks, but have not finished Season 3 because school is awful and is not at all considerate when it comes to giving me time for indulgence.

I've been into shoegaze lately, bands like Slowdive and Beach House. I'm also in love with Damon Albarn. I can't tell if I think Blur genuinely made good music or he's just got really pretty eyes. But I also don't really care. Also Sufjan Stevens makes me cry. A lot. After I'm done crying I listen to terrible 80s pop on repeat to cheer myself up, so that's also a thing.

Some books I like: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson (wow this really gets me emotional), Pale Fire by Nabakov and If on a winter's night a traveller by Italo Calvino (i really like meta-fiction because I'm that type of person who likes weird surreal shit, if you couldn't already tell)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I'm hiked around yosemite with absolutely no game plan, no map, no means of boiling hot water (even though we brought cup noodles for food, genius), no campsite. Thankfully we met this really cool group of people from LA who led us out of the woods when we got lost and adopted us and let us use their campsite.

Less embarrassingly, I've climbed up to tiger's nest in Bhutan!

What I Can Share with Hosts

Weird and funny stories about the places I've been and lived at! Also a listening ear for whatever wacky stories they have to share as well.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

Scotland, Singapore, United States

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