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Maria Sanchez Ferrer

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • 17 Positive References
  • Fluent in Catalan, Valencian, English, Spanish; learning French, German, Indonesian, Italian
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • laughing and sometimes studying
  • Travelling has taught me more than 7...
  • From Valencia, Valencian Community, Spain
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About Me


Loving the universe and feeling its love back
Querer al mundo, y sentirme correspondida


It's kind of difficult to talk about oneself!
I am a very happy person, I tend to laugh a LOT with a bit of an embarrassingly loud laughter.
Apart from this I don't know! hmm... I really like to listen to others, and love to learn new things every day, even every second! I'm a very active person, don't mind waking up early, although there are always greatly appropiate moments to sleep in.
I am finisihing my studies in architecture, although I don't know what I will end up doing. Meanwhile I just want to live and learn everywhere!!!


Que difícil es autodescribirse!
Creo que me considero una persona bastante alegre, con tendencia a reir bastante y de manera vergonzosamente sonora jajaja.
Me gusta mucho escuchar a los demás, se puede aprender tantas cosas tan diferentes e inesperadas... y escuchar historias, anécdotas y aventuras... me encanta! :) También me considero una persona muy activa, de las que se levantan de buen humor.
Estudio arquitectura, desde hace casi una eternidad, pero no se que acabaré haciendo, seguro que no serán rascacielos y unifamiliares. Por ahora solo quiero trabajar y vivir en todos lados!!


"Si pudiera vivir nuevamente mi vida,
en la próxima trataría de cometer más errores.
No intentaría ser tan perfecto, me relajaría más.
Sería más tonto de lo que he sido,
de hecho tomaría muy pocas cosas con seriedad.
Sería menos higiénico.
Correría más riesgos,
haría más viajes,
contemplaría más atardeceres,
subiría más montañas, nadaría más ríos.
Iría a más lugares adonde nunca he ido,
comería más helados y menos habas,
tendría más problemas reales y menos imaginarios.

Yo fui una de esas personas que vivió sensata
y prolíficamente cada minuto de su vida;
claro que tuve momentos de alegría.
Pero si pudiera volver atrás trataría
de tener solamente buenos momentos.

Por si no lo saben, de eso está hecha la vida,
sólo de momentos; no te pierdas el ahora.

Yo era uno de esos que nunca
iban a ninguna parte sin un termómetro,
una bolsa de agua caliente,
un paraguas y un paracaídas;
si pudiera volver a vivir, viajaría más liviano.

Si pudiera volver a vivir
comenzaría a andar descalzo a principios
de la primavera
y seguiría descalzo hasta concluir el otoño.
Daría más vueltas en calesita,
contemplaría más amaneceres,
y jugaría con más niños,
si tuviera otra vez vida por delante.

Pero ya ven, tengo 85 años...
y sé que me estoy muriendo."


"If I could live again my life -
I'll try to make more mistakes, -
I won't try to be so perfect, -
I'll be more relaxed, -
I'll be more fun than I am now, -
In fact, I'll take fewer things seriously, -
I'll be less hygenic, -
I'll take more risks, -
I'll take more trips, -
I'll watch more sunsets, -
I'll climb more mountains, -
I'll swim more rivers, -
I'll go to more places I've never been, -
I'll eat more ice creams and less (lime) beans, -
I'll have more real problems and less imaginary ones,-
I was one of those people who live prudent and prolific lives each minute of his life, -
Offcourse that I had moments of joy -
but, if I could go back I'll try to have only good moments,-
If you don't know thats what life is made of,
Don't lose the now!-
I was one of those who never goes anywhere-
without a thermometer, -
without a hot-water bottle, -
and without an umberella and without a parachute, -
If I could live again -
I will travel light, -
If I could live again -
I'll try to work barefoot -
at the beginning of spring till the end of autumn, -
I'll ride more carts, -
I'll watch more sunrises -
and play with more children, -
If I have the life to live ... but now I am 85,-
and I know that I am dying ..."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I have experienced couchsurfing a few times now, only surfing not hosting because I haven't had the opportunity yet!(nor a place of my own (this will change soon (I hope (ha!)))).
It has been a rather great experience, with each host unique in its way of hosting and of life. I have learned from them as a surfer, how to adapt and be thankful; and also for my future hosting.


My main interest is travelling, or rather, the world, its different cultures, and all that I have to yet discover! Pretty sure as all of you (=
I also have interest in photography, literature, philosophy, architecture... and mostly everything new and unknown to me that someone tells me about, specially if they are passionate about it.

Music, Movies & Books

I love so many types of music it is impossible to be specific, perhaps Spanish rock is my favourite. But above all, music with energy, which makes me smile and jump!
Books about psychology and sociology; human behaviour is fascinating! But everything that falls into my hands is welcomed.
Movies... difficult to say. I have a soft spot for documentaries. I also loved and laughed with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and recently I fell in love with Fantastic Mr. Fox, remembering my Roald Dahl-ish childhood.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

6 months of travels and adventures around Australia, of kindness of strangers, of tiny budget and creative thinking, of no travel plans and surprising landscapes, of amazing sunrises and speechless night skies, of sleeping in the bush in the middle of nowhere...

(sorry if this is sounding too corny! haha, it was just so life changing, I want to do this forever !!!)

Teach, Learn, Share

I suppose that writing about what I can teach someone is a bit difficult. It depends, sometimes you teach something without even knowing it! But if we're talking of more concrete things, I know how to cook a limited number of delicious spanish recipees (doesn't include Paella sorry!UPDATE:I have been practising, I think I'm able now to do a decent Paella!haha) I know my language (duh!haha) and can exchange with anyone who wishes to practice. And my proudest and most recent acquisition of knowledge, I can show you how to build a house with canes! (: (which could be applied more or less to bamboo, depends where you are from!) [I have also added earth and strawbale construction to this knowledge now:) ]
For the learning aspect, I want to learn mostly about everything, so this is easy. Mainly, info about your culture and country...
Oh! and if you are one of those forever nomad travellers, please share with me how you do it! I think i'm starting to dream of a life of travelling around.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vanuatu

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Germany, Spain

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