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Hi, I'm San. I'm from Korea and now staying in Germany as an exchange & language course student. I study English Education to be a teacher. Originally I'm type of person who considers privacy, of me or anyone else, to be sacrosant, but it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy being social and hanging out with nice people. I think I'm quite empathetic and (perhaps therefore) I love talking. I'm kind of person who chats endlessly with friends rather than playing online game together or watching something. I might not be the person who can entertain a large group of people, but I love being comfortable with one or small number of people. So usually I prefer building close relationships with small number of people I really care. I'm quite talkative and active when I can fully pay attention to one or two persons. And that's my favourite kind of social interaction. But I also enjoy being around many people. As an international student, hanging out with numerous new people is already a routine. And it's a lot of fun to get to know people one by one among a large number of people in a party or something.
When people hang out with me for the first time, they tend to say I'm a friendly and approachable nice guy, although I'm not sure myself if I really deserve those words xD I guess that's because I try to be curious about each person.
And I love to party too. If my friends liked to party just as much as I do, I would end up going to disco every weeekend.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Hmm, I've been often advised to write here on my Couchsurfing profile about how "open-minded" I am, how "stunning" I find meeting new people around the world and learning about different cultures.
Ok well learning culture thing is good. But I won't fill my profile with too many "fancy-lame" phrases. I've been living abroad for more than a year and a half now. I used to hang out with many friends from around the world even before I came abroad. So meeting new people from various countries has been a part of my routine now. I saw where many of those "culture learning" conversations go; often they just end up asking about different accents or food culture. Well that's sometimes fun, but just learning how to say "Hello" or "Cheers" in 18 different languages is not the reason why I'm on Couchsurfing. I'm not interested in superficial information about a new culture. I have Wikipedia for that.
And I don't like those people who replace my own personality and life story with general information and prejudice about the culture where I was grown up. That's the common mistake which some people make who claim to be so much enthusiastic in learning about new cultures. We all have our own story and personality, and I don't wanna miss them by focusing too much on culture which we're from. I'm not a fan of such cultural essentialism.
Then why am I here? I think meeting new people while traveling is like adding salt to food. It enriches the journey and brings a lot of fun. It's also often a great inspiration to your life. I've learnt so much from various people whom I met while traveling. Besides, hosting and being a guest to someone else's living space can be more special memory. I mean, I can go to a local bar to meet new people, or I can just talk to other guests in the same hotel, but hosting and being hosted can be very special experience to each other which you can remember and cherish for a long time, and it gives chance for bonding.
Well and I'm not gonna lie. Another basic reason of doing couchsurfing is money. For students who are usually on a tight budget, it's a very good opportunity to save money, as well as to hang out with new local people. Yes the latter is in fact a really really important part of Couchsurfing, but come on, if I were a millionare, I wouldn't be sending 30 requests everytime on Couchsurfing hoping to be accepted xD.
And yes I'm mainly a surfer now, because I'm not in conditions right now in which I can welcome guests. But I hope I can provide couch to travelers later soon.
Traveling, art museums. partys, gym, restaurants etc
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, South Korea