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Helen Baines

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

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Overview

  • 34 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Romanian, Spanish, Yue (Cantonese)
  • 33, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Travelling!
  • Masters
  • From Nottingham, England
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Mountain bike beautiful places

ABOUT ME

I love to meet new people and discover new places, so Couchsurfing really ticks both boxes! I love adventure and the outdoors, anywhere with mountains or a little adrenalin involved or anything that is active like dancing. Equally, I love hanging out in a coffee shop or having dinner with a few folk. Mostly I like to have a good chat but can be reflective and quiet too. I treasure my friends and value relationships. I have been enjoying traveling round the world taking my bicycle with me, either riding it or hauling it on and off trains. So far: England to Hong Kong via Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China (via Trans-Mongolian Train), Hong Kong, New Zealand and back to England. A four week interlude in the midwest USA. I've just spend most of the last two years in Canada and New Zealand snowboarding and mountain biking. I rode up most of New Zealand. Scheming my next adventure!

PHILOSOPHY

To have fun and make an impact. To make the most of everything, to not rush so much that I don´t have time to appreciate the amazing people, things around me and experiences I have. To break free of small thinking and enjoy life fully!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Currently mostly surfing and occasionally event organising. When I'm home I do hosting and lending a hand bicycle fixing/being a tour guide and organising events.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Very good experiences in Switzerland, Romania, Hungary and in Christchurch, New Zealand, USA and Canada. I am enjoying getting to know a country through the people I am surfing with. Enjoyed meeting locals and ex-pats and got stuck into CS community in Christchurch and a bit in London. CS groups are great to meet new people in a city. My experience with CS just gets better and better. I have truly made wonderful friends all over the world because of this site.

Interests

Being in the mountains, cycling, dancing, languages, random adventures, exploring, why things are and how things work, helping people

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Cycled up lots of mountains after I was told I would not be able to do it again (I had ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

Teach, Learn, Share

Everyone has something to contribute to the world and others!

Countries I've Visited

China, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, United Kingdom, United States

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