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  • 150 references 116 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning German, Portuguese
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2017
  • Humanitarian
  • No education listed
  • From Épinal, Grand Est, France
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About Me

👩🏼 Hi everyone, my name is Marina and I am from France. I have been living abroad for most of the past twelve years, as I have lived, in order, in Ireland, Scotland, England, Estonia, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, Malta, Mexico, and now India. I have been in Delhi since late September 2023 and will be here until August.

I love cats, photography, food, going to the gym, the beach and of course traveling.

I am looking forward to traveling in India and using Couchsurfing as I do so. In the meantime, here are some rules for my hosting.

👯🏽‍♀️ I can only host women. Please don't request to stay with me if you are a man. We can still meet to hang out if you are a man but you cannot stay here. Sorry!
🗓 My hosting calendar is up to date. Please don't try to get around blocked dates. They are blocked for a reason.
🏚 I live in Sangam Vihar, Delhi's biggest slum area. It is far from the places of interest for most tourists.
🛋 I live in the same centre of the NGO where I work. I have seven flatmates, all other volunteers. It is complicated for me to host for a long time for that reason. Two nights top, please.

If you want more information about the hosting conditions, please hit "read more" (on the app) or "my home" (on the website).

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I love both surfing, because it allows me to discover a new place through a local's eyes and to know more than you can find in a touristic guide about it, and hosting, because it allows me to meet people from different cultures and keep learning more about intercultural relations, which is something that interests me.

Interests

  • cats
  • architecture
  • photography
  • white wine
  • spanish food
  • vegan
  • traveling
  • music
  • backpacking
  • swimming
  • study abroad
  • food
  • tv series
  • europe
  • spain
  • latin america
  • ireland
  • barcelona
  • sunbathing
  • scotland
  • erasmus
  • estonia
  • european union
  • erasmus+
  • algarve
  • murcia
  • andalucia
  • galicia

Music, Movies, and Books

My music taste is honestly a mess. I will listen to anything with a guitar and a nice voice and a sweet rhythm. You can see my last.fm charts here: https://www.last.fm/user/_Marinaaa

As for movies, I don't really watch them that much, but some of my favourites would be The King's Speech, Moulin Rouge, The Florida Project, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, and Disney movies such as Tarzan, Hercules and Mulan. I watch many more series than movies, mostly sitcoms because I don't have a good enough attention span for longer shows! Some of my favourites include Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and Cougar Town.

Book wise, I am obviously part of the Harry Potter generation. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the series now, but these books helped shape the person I have become, there is no doubt about that. Other favourites include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (don't judge me! I know it's trash but I love a good conspiracy theory that points out women are magical and sacred!), Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola, Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli, Balun Canan by Rosario Castellanos, etc.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I moved out of my abusive family's home when I was fifteen. That took some guts but that was the best decision of my life. Other than that I also lived abroad for five years total (that's almost 1/5th of my life), met J.K. Rowling and Rupert Grint, swam at the Great Barrier Reef, backpacked through Cuba on my own, and went vegan in THE Country Of Cheese, France.

Teach, Learn, Share

LANGUAGES: I can speak in French (native language) or English (C2 level) with anyone who wants to practice. My Spanish isn't as amazing, but it's good enough (C1) to talk with a non-native Spanish speaker who would like to practice, and I'd definitely like to practice and learn from a native Spanish speaker as well! I have only just started learning Portuguese but would definitely like pointers and advice from native speakers as well.

FOOD/COOKING: I am a vegan and am definitely willing to introduce non-vegans to vegan food and learn more plant-based recipes from people who have been vegans for a longer time. Definitely wanna learn more about making my own cheese substitutes!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can help my hosts out with cleaning their flat, I have done so a few times when hosted. I will also definitely offer you a drink at a bar if you're into that or cook you something! Provided I'm not backpacking long term, I'm also willing to bring you a trinket from my city. And if my stay at yours goes well, you'll definitely have a spot on my mattress if you need it and I'm available if and when you visit Bogotá.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Cyprus, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Colombia, Ecuador, England, Estonia, France, India, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Scotland, Spain

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