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Kim Nguyen

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Overview

  • 36 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Social Worker, Journalist, Film-Make...
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Master of S...
  • From Canberra, Australia
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To make the world a better place. More fair, more sustainable, more fun.

ABOUT ME

I've just finished my Masters in Sweden and now my fiancee Anna and I are cycling down from Sweden to Spain before my buddy's wedding in Poitiers, in September. Then we're heading over to Leeds for Anna to do an exchange semester in Graphic Design, before heading home in 2015.

PHILOSOPHY

Knowledge is Freedom, Life without Boundaries. These principles guide and encourage me in most of my endeavours, to keep learning and sharing knowledge, to never believe that anything is impossible.

I think we need to take responsibility for our lives and do the best we can with what we have.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Travelling and hosting, I love doing both.

I've stayed with couch hosts across Asia and Europe and had wonderful experiences everywhere I went. I am forever grateful to all the people who have shown hospitality to me and I really enjoy repaying the favour.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I first used couchsurfing while cycling across Asia and it was amazing meeting so many incredible people. Especially in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, where I was welcomed into the community like I was part of the family. One of the best months of my life.

Now I've stayed with couch hosts across Europe too, and had more fantastic experiences with great people.

I also hosted in Amsterdam and in Melbourne and have been able to meet many wonderful people that way too. Now I'm hosting in my student accommodation in Uppsala, Sweden.

Interests

Film, art, writing, football, lazing about watching DVDs.

Travelling by bicycle, sharing knowledge and experiences, making the world a better place. Mainly through creative means.

Music, Movies & Books

My favourite writers are Kundera, Abani, Saramago, Coelho and Gemmell. But I'm always up for reading something new. So long its not Dan Brown.

My favourite directors are Malick, Allen, Fincher, Mann, Jonze, Mereilles, Aronofsky, The Coens, Jean-Marc Vallee, the guy that directed Old Boy, ah, there are probably others. My favourite films are the Thin Red Line, Old Boy, Requiem, Cafe de Flore, ah, there are definitely others.

Music, I don't like any particular genre, but I'll always go back to Radiohead, Oasis, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, and DJ Shadow.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

In 2008-09 I cycled from Australia to Denmark. I was able to experience the hospitality and generosity of people in places I knew nothing about, remote parts of the world where people have next to nothing but want to share it with you.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach about travelling by bicycle, fixing bicycles, making films, doing social work, writing, drawing and trying to change the world. Of course I still need to learn a lot more about all these things, and want to learn about everything else!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Ecuador, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom

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