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I am a translator (Fr>En), single dad with 3 children, just one still living at home.
I work from home and I'm currently studying part time for an MA in translation Studies at Portsmouth University.
Note we have two cats so no allergic types please! Or dogs! If you have no awkward dietary requirements I will happily feed you as I always cook for too many people.
Member of CAMRA.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
When I was a student (late 80's-early 90's) I hitch-hiked many tens of thousands of miles all over Europe (iron curtain permitting), and I was sometimes given a bed for the night. We didn't have the internet (or Ryanair) then, but I would definitely have been a couchsurfer, so I am repaying society now for what people did for me 25 years ago.
I travel alone a lot, going to conferences etc. I hate sitting alone in a hotel room, much better to have a potential friend to visit.
##Please note due to my location (I assume) I appear to be very popular. I have only just started doing this, but I now have couchsurfers asking to stay almost every day. PLEASE don't be offended if I turn you down for spurious reasons like we're 'busy', it's simply that we don't always want people to stay :( sorry. You will have more luck with us during the week rather than weekends, and by asking a couple of weeks in advance.
So, please ask, but you need a backup plan.
I like travel and real ale, obviously anything language-related. Recently got into yoga and other exotic spiritual stuff.
I run the French language meetup group in York http://www.meetup.com/yorkfrench/
I am treasurer of the York beer festival (14-17 September) http://www.yorkbeerfestival.org.uk/ Tell me, people from Munich, how many different beers do you have? We have 400.
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm pro-spirituality and read a lot about it, but don't believe some sand people from the middle east have the monopoly on truth. Look at the similarities between the Hindu, Greek and Norse gods.
I haven't listened to music since it was on cassette tapes. I really don't think I'm missing much.
Couchsurfers I've had have been from:
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I learned 2000 words of Hungarian in 2 months before a holiday there a couple of years ago. I could read all the menus, street signs, the lot. All I remember now is
csütörtök = Thursday and hintőpor = talcum powder.
I've been through Checkpoint Charlie. I bet you haven't.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you want to learn about beer or being a translator, ask me.
In the dialect of English spoken in York (and east towards Hull), the words 'surfer' and 'sofa' sound exactly the same. So... 'couchsofa', 'sofa surfer', whatever.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Spare room with single bed. Foam mattresses on the floor as well.
I know York well, so I might give you a guided tour if I'm not busy.
The list of 'countries I've visited' should include some that no longer exist: East Germany, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Vatican City State, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
England, France, United Kingdom, United States, Wales