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2019-20 I'll be travelling :)
Please read my HOME section first.
CURRENT MISSION (re: CouchSurfing)
To meet fun, decent, open minded, compassionate, interesting, travel loving ,positive people.
To make new friends , to listen, to laugh, to learn about the countries I know nothing about and hear stories about how other people experience life. To bond with fellow travellers and share my current city's gems/ take little trips with CSers/ feel like a tourist with them (as I rarely do touristy stuff when I live somewhere)
I try my best to show CSers places of interest where I am living.
I do not like it when it is made clear to me that the CSer had no interest in either seeing the city or hanging out ie their motive is a free bed. That sucks. Don't engage with me on those terms. Get a hotel.
I am caring, fun loving, creative, a bit too serious/ deep thinker, chatty, friendly and I enjoy travel very much. I love to be inspired, make connections with people.I love music, wine, good literature (studied that in Uni).
I am drawn to outgoing, funny, maverick-y, courageous, outside the box thinking , positive, considered, contrarian type people, who live life to the full, flout rules and trends and who are socially conscious/ active.
I do not gel well with conservatives or right wing thinkers so best give me a miss if you are one of those. I'm passionate about the left/ socialism/ politics/ justice. But I also love to laugh, dance, drink, rollerskate (learning) so its not all intense heavy and heart wrenching LOL.
I adore people who are kind and thoughtful and who give back to the world as much as they can.
I abhor arrogance and disingenuity.
I have never followed a crowd and have never felt 'popular' or 'cool'. I used to be ashamed of that, but now it makes me proud. I question things and feel comfortable with fellow misfits. Being honest and brave in the face of all that is wrong has been life defining for me. I definitely walk the less travelled path and it can be very lonely, but staying true to yourself , protecting the vulnerable, fighting bullies, speaking your truth and standing up for your beliefs- even when it makes you unpopular , are the philosophies I go by. Can't live any other way, so no choice!
Some quotes I like;
As Willy Shakespeare said;
"This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man"
* "Better to try all things and find all empty- than to try nothing- and leave your
life a blank."(E. Bronte)
* "Half of the people can be part right all of the time,
Some of the people can be all right part of the time,
But all of the people can't be all right all of the time." (A. Lincoln.)
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling- but in rising every time we fall."
*Put your faith, not in your circumstances- but in your attitude.
* People only treat you the way you allow them to.
*Being barely alive on your own terms, is better than living a bloated half life on someone else's terms." (Jeanette Winterson.)
*You can't argue with stupid.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I'm more of a hoster , have only CSed twice.
I've hosted numerous times. By hosting I get a bit of my travel fix, vicariously as I can't travel much these days due to work commitments. I adore how with like minded people we can make connections with total strangers, open your heart and your home. Find common ground or be totally blown away with something totally new. I always see my home town environment in a new and exciting way when hosting CSers. Life can be lonely. CSing chips away at that somewhat and at its core is altruism, trust and togetherness- all pretty awesome concepts.
I always pick up new tips from CSers be it a recipe, a book, discovering a new corner of my city I never knew was there, or getting a feel of a place they have been but I haven't.
Good company, good books, history, film, poetry, nature (hiking in it, cycling in it and swimming in it) . Alternative thinkers. A challenge. Travel- the wackier location the better. Most music (except Jazz which I loathe in general). Learning. Being humbled. Traveling the road less traveled and bucking the trend. Volunteering and standing up for the vulnerable. Anthropology. Becoming more brave. Challenging the establishment. Being inspired and inspiring. Feminism -equality. Human Rights. Good food. Good wine. Good music. Good stories. And good craic.
- womens rights
Music, Movies, and Books
I read mostly memoirs of people who have things to teach me.
1984, The Plague ; The stranger , Brave New World, Angela's Ashes, Hector and the search for happiness, An Evil Cradling, The Rules of Inheritance.
Jeanette Winterson. James Joyce. Patrick Kavanagh.
I love existential stuff like Beckett until I get so depressed I have to stop reading! I love travel tales like those of Theroux. I also enjoy (mild) philosophy, anthropology and psychology.
I have recently been addicted on Netflix to shows such as The Keepers, The Confession Tapes.
Films; The Idiots (and all Lars Von Trier's work) Dead Man's Shoes, Pan's Labyrinth, El Mar Adentro, Fifty Dead Men Walking, Hunger, Schindler's List, Team America,Spider, Last King of Scotland. Mary and Max.
Music; Smog, Pavement,Clap Your hands say Yeah, Belle and Sebastian, Bob Dylan. Pink Floyd, Elbow,Rufus Wainwright, Chairlift, Laura Marling. Nina Simone. Faithless. (and Bob Dylan again because he is just so fucking awesome)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I volunteered in Cusco, Peru, 2007. I had very little Spanish. I was with a group of people with learning disabilities and who had been cast aside by their society, completely abandoned. Teenagers and old folk, some burned badly, some in wheelchairs. I spent time bringing them for walks, doing their nails, bringing them cake...anything. One lady from this group came up to me and took my hand and said some words of gratitude in her native Quechan language.I have no idea what it was, but I didn't need to know. Her face was enough.
Teach, Learn, Share
Giving to others though seems to be the closest thing I can see to making sense of existence as well as discovering what you're all about and how to be the best you can be. Believing in yourself and in the idea that facing the truth and sticking to your guns will reap rewards. Justice is big for me.And the fact that we must respect ourselves- and if we do so others will more likely respect us. Nearly everyone who has been big in my life has taught me something I did not know about myself, good and bad. Self knowledge is hugely important for me and I get more of it when I am challenged and travelling is a challenge. C Surfers have always enriched my life with recommendations, stories, concepts and the ability to be open with me and have me be open with them :) I like pushing my own boundaries and taking risks, getting out of my comfort zone.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Time, company, walks, tips re where I am living (good pubs/cafes/ historic places/ places of beauty) some local history, a cosy bed/ good shower, wifi, basic breakfast (but not always anything else to eat, it depends)
Please see the MY HOME section
Countries I’ve Visited
Bolivia, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Tunisia, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, England, Iceland, Malta, Peru, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, United States