Aleg Ria

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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  • Kushi Institute
  • From Tokyo
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About Me

If you want to be hosted by me, please read carefully "My Home" -- my couch info.

Made in Japan! I may be slightly radioactive!
I suppose I'm a boring, harmless human being otherwise; you can't really live without harming the earth to a certain degree but I try to do less of that while feeding my insatiable appetite for knowledge and experience.
Generally I'm random, malleable, and curious; my life style is in an infinite shift, but in the recent years, when I'm bored, I like to watch TED talks about psychology, education, vulnerability, happiness, dirty jobs, marketing and leadership and when I'm even more bored, I translate TED subtitles.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Why am I on CS? Let's be honest guys, a lot of us signed up to save on travel costs, didn't we? Then discovered that there is so much more to it, no? I've been pleasantly surprised how this has turned my life around... I married one of my hosts and we are happily married and hosting together in our new home!

So I tell you straight. I am CSing:

-to pay less for accommodation when I am travelling

-then to pay forward when I am not travelling

-to make use of spare space in my house to accommodate travelers with low budgets and/or with a preference to meeting local people this way

-to find travel companions/hitch-hiking buddies

-to get insider-info from the locals

-to meet up with interesting peeps



-Minimalism: I feel good owning less.

-Freeganism: hitchhiking, free-cycling, dumpster-diving and maybe table-diving? I really enjoyed the nomadic and moneyless ways of living and travelling that I have witnessed and tried out and admire people who do live without money.

-Street dancing (house), zumba and capoeira: I used to dance 7 days a week for a few years but am out of practice now. I'd jump at any opportunities to go to dance clubs/workshops/lessons.

-I'm a newbie macrobiotic/locavour/organivour and up for seasonal fasts & colon cleansing. I'm always curious about herbal/Chinese medicine, Alexander technique, and slow food. Partially because of the environmental impact of the industry and how animals suffer in mass production and partially following macrobiotic principles, I try to eat meat only when it's 'skipped'(recovered from bins).

-Anti-voluntourism: Speaking from my own experience volunteering in a Nepalese "orphanage", if you're fancying non-permanent volunteering as your next mission, particularly in developing countries, please check the links below and think twice:

>..her good intentions were unwittingly feeding an industry that dupes poor parents into sending their children to bogus orphanages in order to extract money from well-meaning foreigners.

>Children can experience phycological harm when forming repeated attachments to short term volunteers.

Music, Movies, and Books

-Music: I listen to a wide spectrum of genres. I've recently started playing (more of practicing) piano pieces Chopin/Beethoven again after 15 years of not even touching the instrument.

-Movies: 180 South (Travellers' must see!), Brown Sugar, The Constant Gardener, Cruel Intentions, Rent, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain, Star Wars, Shaolin Temple, 12 Angry Men, My Life Without Me, Ali-G, Borat, Memories of Matsuko, Into the Wild, The Deer Hunter, Love Actually, Valentine's Day

-TV: Dark Angel, Supernatural, Medium, Little Britain, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, White Collar

-Books: Paulo Coelho, Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box, Carlos Castaneda. Not On The Label/Eat Your Heart Out by Felicity Lawrence, Healing with Whole Foods,

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Walking away from a toxic workplace saying "That's enough, I'm out of here" and becoming a free man the same evening!

Teach, Learn, Share

-If you are a complete/false beginner of Capoeira, I can show you how to do a few basic kicks

-Japanese cuisine. Sourdough bread. Would love to share macrobiotic recipes too and learn your traditional/favourite dishes.

-I can take you to dumbsterdiving/skipping if any opportunities arise. I wouldn't mind if you are not interested in this kind of activity and hope you don't mind me doing it or FEEDING YOU with recovered food... don't be scared! You can always say NO.

-I can write your name in Japanese scripts and give it Chinese characters.

-Now that I've done my CELTA, I am technically able to professionally teach English.

-I'd love to learn&practice conversational Slovak, though my progress has been "strasne pomaly"(painfully slow)

What I Can Share with Hosts

Same as "Teach, Learn, Share"

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Nepal, Peru, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Japan, United Kingdom

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