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James Sharratt

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Overview

  • 110 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning French, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • English Teacher, aspiring travel wri...
  • MSc Contemporary US History and Poli...
  • From London, United Kingdom
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To visit every country in the world

ABOUT ME

I am an outgoing individual, who is often prone to talking too much. I love constantly challenging myself and learning new things. I'm fairly easy going , pretty liberal and on a personal quest to visit every country in the world, hopefully living and teaching in a few.

PHILOSOPHY

"It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing" (Though its taken from Jose Marti, a great thinker undervalued in Anglo countries)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Participated in a few events, used it while travelling and have hosted 4 or 5 times and stayed with over 40 people. Hoping to host when we have our flat in Sydney next year.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Crashed in Oslo, Asheville, Charleston, Athens, Nashville, Lafayette, San Antonio, El Paso, Portland, San Diego, Tijuana, Saltillo, Guadalajara, Aguascalientes, Xalapa, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Guatemala City, Santo Domingo, Panajachel, San Francisco, Bucaramanga, Cayenne, Nieuw Nickerie and Morelia, met people in Bucharest, Dublin, London, Oslo, Barcelona, Monterrey, Morelia, Mexico City, Veracruz, Comitan, Guatemala City, Merida, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Estel Li, Costa Rica, Grenada, San Juan Del Sur, Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, Caracas, Maracaibo, Paramaraibo, Manaus, Pereira, Manizales, Cali, Trujillo and New Orleans. Hoping to use it extensively on my adventures in Eastern Europe and will try to host in Paris when we get there.

Interests

Travelling, film, history, politics, film, music, clubbing, drinking, most sports, any kind of intellectual sparring and generally anything interesting or different I will at least give a go once

Music, Movies & Books

"My Name is Red" Orhan Pamuk, "Puddenhead Wilson" Mark Twain, "Three Cornered Hat" Alarcon, "Hundred Years of Solitude" Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "Picture of Dorian Gray" Oscar Wilde, "Naked Pictures of Famous People" Jon Stewart. Seeing Rachid Taha play in Paris and going to Coachella in April. Rage Against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Rachid Taha, Eric Bibb, Keb Mo, The Who, Rolling Stones, Public Enemy, Outkast, Jonny Cash, Dr John (Pretty much most things and if you want a wider list just ask). As for film Mulholland Drive, City of God, Amores Perros, Last king of Scotland, Babel, Memento, Donnie Darko, Fight Club, Glory, Pan's Labyrinth to focus on just some of the more recent ones.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

hmm I cycled solo Paris to Bordeaux and I ran the bull run in Pamplona. Also had to get a Hungarian collectibles dealer to talk armed Yugoslav guards off me, slept on the streets of seven foreign citys and once had to get a car tyre repaired in remotest Cuba with no Spanish knowledge. Hmm swam a river and broke out of camp to shower under Angel Falls. Climbed Cotopaxi. Travelled through the Darien as the first tourists to visit it. Paraglided in Medellin, hiked the W in Torres del Paine in 48 hours, dived with thresher sharks in malapascua, saw whale sharks, had my nose broken in a chilean village, gambled with crazy drug dealers in paramaraibo, saw loggerhead turtles nesting in french guyana and many more

Teach, Learn, Share

Hmm would love to learn to sail, become better at languages, learn a martial art, become better than hopelessly incompetent in the arts and dance. Not sure what i have to offer. Boundless optimism maybe and some mental tricks.

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, French Guiana, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Republic of, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Colombia, France, Spain, United Kingdom

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