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We are a couple older than most members here but young at heart. I (Patrick) became an addict to backpacking and couchsurfing in 2008, and started traveling a lot. I even worked part-time so I could travel more. Now retired, I have even more time to travel, so we can't host very often, but we do as much as possible. My wife Pascale sometimes travels with me, but wouldn't be able to follow me on backpacking trips. That's why I often travel alone.
As we keep our calendar up to date, you will be able to see our hosting availability when requesting our couch.
[fr] Je (Patrick) suis devenu accro au voyage et au couchsurfing en 2008, c'est à ce moment que j'ai commencé à voyager beaucoup. J'ai même travaillé à temps partiel pour voyager plus. Je suis retraité maintenant, j'ai donc encore plus de temps pour voyager. Mon épouse Pascale ne pourrait pas me suivre sac au dos, c'est pour cela que je voyage seul le plus souvent.
Mais comme nos tenons notre calendrier à jour, vous verrez nos disponibilités au moment de faire votre demande.
We usually can host for one or two nights.
Nous pouvons recevoir en général pour une ou deux nuits.
Link to my old CS profile:
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
In 9 years, we met more interesting people than we did in the previous 30 years! Some visited us, and we traveled to meet others. All experiences were really enlightening. Not only did CS change the way we travel (we're traveling more to meet people than to visit places), but it also makes us grow thanks the many guest we host, who bring a lot to us through their life experience, no matter their age or the country they are from. As a matter of fact, CS changed our life. Really. How could we live without our couchsurfing shot every once in a while?
We've been hosted over 240 times in 52 different countries; here is the full list:
And here is the map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13jgtd1H4ujOmkK4Li8ReNvygTnk
We hosted over 120 guests from 32 countries, some even come back every once in a while, and it makes us happy.
A complete list of our guests can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/guestspatch051/guests
We enjoy a lot of different activities, depending on the time/seasons: travel, archaeology, photography, do-it-yourself, architecture, old books, flea markets, and so much more. But, as the number of our positive CS experiences increases, travel and hosting become more and more important to us, and in ways we would not have even thought of a few years ago.
Besides, meeting new people on the way is becoming the main goal of our trips, rather than just breezing through places. People are more interesting than places, aren't they?
Music, Movies, and Books
Some favorite movies: "Alexander Nevsky", most of Woody Allen's ; among the latest: "Be Kind, Rewind" ; Terry Gilliam ; Hitchkock, etc.
British humor, including "Black Books" and all of Monty Python's works, the IT Crowd. A few US TV series, like The Big Bang Theory.
I mostly read essays an non-fiction about all kinds of themes., so no specific titles here, sorry. I'm also fascinated by biographies about outstanding traveling women: Alexandra David-Neel, Karen Blixen, Elsa Maillard and others, unknown to most people, whose life is really uncommon.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Traveling in Iran in 2016 for a month and a half. Iran is a beautiful country, it has lots of beautiful monuments and amazing natural resources; and the people are just so nice, friendly and hospitable!
Teach, Learn, Share
• Rule #1 : share with guests.
• Rule #2 : share with hosts.
• Other rules: please refer to rules #1 and #2, whichever applies.
We happen to have a little longer life experience than most CS members. If someone is interested in picking up some of what we can share, he/she is welcome. But it is clear to us that we can learn much more from anyone. In fact, some of the most amazing people we met were young people of the same age as our kids.. How about checking this by surfing our couch?
What I Can Share with Hosts
A safe and quiet haven to rest and relax for a while. Anything else is optional, to be discussed according to our mutual wishes and abilities.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Wales, Western Sahara
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Germany, United States