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Nicole Jowett

Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan

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Overview

  • 18 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Spanish
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2010
  • Studying architecture with an intere...
  • A degree in Human Rights, but also w...
  • From Winnipeg but raised by wolves/ Winnipeg mais élévée des loups
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To be present in the midst of change

ABOUT ME

I have a wonderful group of family and friends and like to think I live life with as much vigour as they do. I love having a ridiculous night of frolicking as much as a laidback evening with great coversation. Right now I'm doing an architecture internship in rural Japan. It is like Japanese Zen architecture boot camp. Very intense, but I can also feel myself getting stronger from it.

PHILOSOPHY

I want to live life with passion and be thoroughly engaged in every moment. I like the thought of being genuine and authentic, although that is not always so straightforward. I'm learning that many of the best things in life are those which take effort. Mindfulness, movement, nourishment and song are some of those for me.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Went on an amazing journey in Southern Europe and Morocco a couple of years ago where I connected with CouchSurfers and randoms alike. Learned so much about generosity with the amazing people I travelled with. I've just moved to a new city and a new program, but hopefully I can start hosting as soon as I get settled in!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

At this point I've done more surfing than hosting, but am looking to change that! Found it a bit difficult to get into when I first started in Europe, but after meeting and travelling with a fellow CouchSurfer in Morocco, it completely changed and enriched my travel experience.

Interests

I love music that you can sing and dance with. I play violin and write songs in an all ladies gypsyesque band. We don't practice much but we know how to have a good time and look good in moustaches. When I was little I hated the word "silly", but now realize its noun form is one of my favourite pastimes. I'm part of a Spontaneous Social Club that does social experiments and whatever else we come up with. I also enjoy almost anything active- soccer,running, biking, swimming,contemporary dance, acroyoga, you name it. Cooking, and eating!, are both wonderful to share with family and friends. Now that I mention it, I love both of those and consider close family and friends as one in the same. I love learning languages and French in particular. Would also love to start learning another language and have thought of trying Arabic. Although recently I've been speaking a lot of Spanish gibberish, so maybe that's a sign. Aside from that, I'm a fan of general merriment- good music and good conversation.

Music, Movies & Books

I love movies, books and music that are rich and really take you in. The Truman Show always comes to mind for movies. Also good foreign films. I enjoy reading but never feel like I do enough of it. Dystopias and French novels are always a good time. In terms of music, I like things I can sing to or dance to. Dave Matthews Band, Beirut, Norah Jones and the Royal Tenenbaums Soundtrack are some things on my ipod at the moment. I don't know if the word "plunky" means anything to you, but I like that feel. I'm not into anything particularily hardcore but am open to a lot- from roots to ethnic to classical music. I went to a DJ workshop the other day and want to try melding a lot of different styles- perhaps a radio show in the works?

One Amazing Thing I've Done

A favourite travel experience was playing violin with a crazy group of musicians in a Quebec pub.We were playing the same songs but with different versions from all across the country. Also, teaching English to refugee women and realizing that one of them also spoke French. It was amazing to see how our interactions shifted after the language barrier was altered. Oh! And biking the West Coast this past spring. Beautious!

Teach, Learn, Share

If you have a violin, I would love to teach you a few things. I could also share some knowledge about bikes and meditation (not at the same time...actually, why not at the same time?). I would love to improve my French but am also happy to help others with their English. I would love to learn more about music, cooking, and language.I am learning French but would like to learn Arabic or Icelandic or whatever comes my way. Also, I want to learn to windsurf and even hang glide one day. General life wisdom would also be appreciated.

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