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Natalie Bowie

Shanghai, Shanghai Municipality, China

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Overview

  • 10 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 34, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Chinese language student
  • University in New Zealand
  • From Masterton, New Zealand
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To continually experience new people and places in my own country

ABOUT ME

I am easy-going, independant, love to have a good time. I try not to take life too seriously. I am a true Gemini in that I get bored easily and love a challenge (not sure about the split-personality thing tho!!)After 5 years living back in New Zealand I got itchy feet and am now residing in Shanghai, learning the Chinese language.

PHILOSOPHY

You got 2 choices in life. Either enjoy every minute or wallow in despair!! Lets all look on the bright side of life, take heed of your mistakes, learn from them and get amongst!!!! If you are not too sure about going somewhere or doing something the answer should always be 'Yes Please'!!!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have done a wee bit of couch-surfing while in Europe which was awesome. I had a few backpackers come and stay when I was in New Zealand. Because I am from a small town we didn't get many tourists but I tried to host as many as I could!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have couch-surfed in Paris and Bath and loved meeting all 3 groups of people!! Its such a wicked chance to get to know people that I would never have had the chance to meet up with otherwise!! Rock on Couch-surfing!!!

Interests

Travel, travel, travel!! Sport (to watch nowadays rather than participate!). Music (I play piano OK and guitar not very well!!), Art, painting, theatre, going to music festivals. Meeting new people.

Music, Movies & Books

Love reading and have set up my own book club in Masterton. Hm music. Last gig I went to was Shapeshifter in Wellington - amazing! If you went through my CDs though I mostly have Kiwi sounds which are very reggae, dub styles. Movies. One of my favs has to be 'Almost Famous' - Love it!!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

living in an oasis village in the Gobi Desert in the back blocks of China with no other foreigners in my entire county and only a handful of people with any English and having to make friends, seek out adventure and be brave when ordering food (everything was in Chinese characters!!)

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand, Turkey, Zambia

Countries I've Lived In

China, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom

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