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  • 19 References 14 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, German
  • 55, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • writer-translator
  • Botany BSc, Chinese MA
  • From Manchester
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About Me


to find my mission


although i am still finding out about who i am,
i know that poetry, cycling, concern for environment, "cooking upstream", and spending time with friends are key elements in my life.

nowadays i almost always travel by bicycle.
i like the slow speed and intimate interaction with people and places that cycling forces on me.
but this came about largely by accident. 20+ years ago i came to Asia for the first time, went to Thailand, but saw little more than Kaosan Rd and Ko Samui, and thought "WTF! I'm seeing nothing of Thai/Asian culture".
so the next year i put my old bike on the plane, and cycled from Bangkok to Singapore.
and the next year from San Francisco to Vancouver.
and then around Taiwan, France, Australia...
... and last year from Chennai to Mumbai
with about 20 countries in between.

i cannot recommend it too highly, and it came into my life (like so many things) by chance.


i leave philosophy to my dog
go ask him

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


just getting started
but already feeling the warmth (2010)

some very nice experiences (India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, S.Korea),
and no bad ones
when i get my apartment cleaned, i shall re-start hosting in addition to surfing and coffee-ing (2011)

cleaned and waiting
I don't live THAT far out of town! (2012)


Years ago, I hitch-hiked from Germany into Austria, and the French guy's truck I was in broke down. It was late on a Sunday evening, and we couldn't find a restaurant or shop open, never mind a garage for repairs. An old man walking his dog invited us to his house, fed us, let us shower and stay the night - all without our asking (neither of us could speak German). He just saw our need and felt like sharing.
The memory has stayed with me.


and "cooking upstream" (come ask me what i mean, but be warned: i'm on a mission to convert!)

  • dogs
  • culture
  • poetry
  • environment
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • walking
  • shopping
  • traveling
  • cycling
  • surfing

Music, Movies, and Books

yes, but not TV

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

the best is yet to come

Teach, Learn, Share


Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, Germany, Taiwan, United Kingdom

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