Michelle Esau

Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa

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  • Communications and Public Relations
  • (half a) Master's degree in Political Management
  • From South Africa
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About Me


To be a world citizen (well I'm too short to be an air hostess)


I think of myself as just a normal down-to-earth girl, but I do tend to do extraordinary things (like moving to a strange country with a broken leg). I like to have a good time and I laugh at myself most of the time. I also want to be famous in my next life (and that I guess says it all).

I am a proudly South African product. My friends would describe me as an extrovert who is open to new experiences, caring, fun-loving, free-spirited, spontaneous - a living-life-to the fullest kind of girl.

I have previously lived in London, UK and also taught English in Seoul, South Korea and I am now based in Johannesburg, South Africa where I work at a pay-TV company as a Public Relations Specialist. Who knows where life will lead me to next?

Being quite the globetrotter, I like to fully immerse myself in the local lifestyle while on vacation. I soak up the culture and the languages and the habits of the local residents. I usually have a very laid-back approach, so I take things slow, I do not rush, I linger...longer. I consider myself quite the foodie, so for most of my holiday, I will sample the local cuisine and the local wines. I also travel alone mostly, so I try to make as many new friends as possible.


This question keeps me awake every night. Haven't figured it out yet. But for now, I'm living life to its fullest!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I had my first Couchsurfing experience 5-8 October 2006 in Busan, Korea and it was amazing. Thanks to Eric Spence who showed me and my flatmate the best time. It was so much more than we expected. Since then, I've met amazing friends and shared some incredible experiences with friendly strangers around the world.


Definitely not Politics, though I do like to joke about it.
Travelling, hanging out with friends, food (cooking and sampling), drinking wine while talking someone's head off, laughing, writing, a good read, meeting new people and listening to their stories...

Music, Movies, and Books

This might give you a clear idea:
Fav movie is Shawshank Redemption
Fav music is Hip hop and R&B
Fav book so far: The Alchemist

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I went on a tour around Europe in the summer of 2005 and saw the "Blue Grotto" in Italy, just off the Isle of Capri. Its the most beautiful sight I've ever seen (and I'm not even a fan of the water).

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Thai cooking and massage (I did courses in Thailand)
Share: English / creative writing skills
Learn: Sign language

What I Can Share with Hosts

English conversation skills

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

South Africa, South Korea, United Kingdom

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