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Raphael Seghier

Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

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Last login about 1 year ago

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Overview

  • 15 Positive References
  • Fluent in Chinese, English, French; learning Japanese
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Sales (titanium tubes...)
  • Master (Management & Economics)
  • From Paris
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

ABOUT ME

I'M NOW IN TAIPEI STILL HAVEN'T UPDATED !! ;-)

(I'm back in Paris this needs to be updated)

I've been living in China for 4 years. But Xi'an is a new place for me, and I'm discovering how the real China is like (not Shanghai, and Beijing, even though I love those 2 cities).

I grasp any chance I have to travel and meet new people.
My plan is to stay a few more years in China (learning Chinese is pretty hard, I'm not done yet !) and then eventually go to another country.

PHILOSOPHY

I've been thinking hard about that one, but I'm afraid I don't have a goal in my life yet...

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

My couch is open to anyone that has an interesting profile or makes the effort to send an interesting request.

I had a lot of fun couchsurfing in Japan, Dubai and Taiwan.
It's been a year that I host in Xi'an and I enjoy very much meeting people this way.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Female host that told me that she almost got rape by a csurfer once while we were on our way to her place (that was a good way to make me feel comfortable !)

Csurfer that stole my cheese (this something precious in China, and I'm French !)

Interests

Travelling : China, SE Asia, Europe, North Africa, US and central America.

Taking pictures : http://picasaweb.google.com/rseghier

Learning languages (Chinese, Japanese)

Music, Movies & Books

Music : Jazz (Miles Davis, Coltrane, Charles Mingus, MMW, Pastorius), old rock (Jethro Tull, Bowie, The Doors, Frank Zappa), "World music" (Brazilian music, Fela Kuti), Chanson francaise (Brel, Thomas Fersen)...

Books : I've been reading a lot of books about China lately to understand better the place where I live. Still don't really get it though...

Favorite authors : Milan Kundera, Albert Cohen...

Movies : thrillers, art house & Asian films (Japanese, Korean).
American directors that (only ?) Europeans appreciate : Woody Allen, Cohen brothers...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I have survived for four years in China !
(at least a billion people have been here for longer than that, not sure this is really something amazing...)

Teach, Learn, Share

Can teach you survival Chinese. French. (not English ! there are more than enough native speakers teaching English in town...)
Basic juggling. Pen spinning...

Countries I've Visited

Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

China, France, Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom

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