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Sarah Neate

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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80% response rate · Last login 5 months ago

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Overview

  • 79 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Sanskrit (Saṁskṛta), Turkish
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Editor/Teacher
  • BA in Literature and Education
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

We're fully booked for February and March! Don't want anyone to write a nice long request in vain!

My husband (https://www.couchsurfing.org/people/photoflounder/) and I get a couple of couch requests every day, so we are choosy about who and when we host. For our own privacy and sanity, we're putting a few limits on surfers. We will host about 3 surfers/groups of csers each month with preference going (of course) to those who write thoughtful requests and to those we feel some kind of kinship to. And, I feel the need to add, to those who have actually read through some of my profile :P

We've also decided not to host for LESS than 2 nights. It's just not enough time to get to know each other.

That said, we'll still be available to exceptional last-minute requests, say, from intermedia artists and world-renowned vegan chefs!

(Also, sorry to add another thing to the list, but I don't usually respond to messages asking for a couch. If you want to surf, please send an actual couch request.)

CURRENT MISSION

To conquer my fear of stasis. To prove I can be happy in one place.

ABOUT ME

I'm a travel enthusiast. I love to meet new people, to explore new areas, to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. I love that transcendent moment when, as a stranger in a strange place with different languages and customs, you connect with someone through a smile, a laugh or a bumbling exchange of words. In that moment the world seems suddenly smaller; the superficial differences are still there, but the focal point becomes not those differences but the commonality of all people and all places.

PHILOSOPHY

Follow your bliss! Sounds corny I know, but what else is really as important in comparison?

In my relationships with other human beings, I believe wholeheartedly in acceptance, in non-judgment. What right do I have to pass judgment on another person's choices? I truly believe that we all strive to live to the highest possible standards - each day coming closer to those goals.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I surf, I host, I organize gatherings. I'm only answering this because the robot made me do it.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Ever-expanding!

Interests

Travel. People. Laughing! Sustainability. Kismet. LOVE. Veganism/Vegetarianism. Reading. Writing. Health. Fitness. Good food. Organic food. Languages. Peace. Human rights. Animal rights. Walking. Hiking. Talking. Nature. Wilderness. Diversity. Unity.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Wall-E, Amelie, Team America, Little Miss Sunshine, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Slings and Arrows, Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, Airplane!

Music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Beirut, Sigur Ros, Grizzly Bear, Bjork, Led Zeppelin, Kim Jung Mi, Kocani Orkestar, Radiohead, Beck, MGMT, Ratatat, Ali Farka Toure, Nina Simone, Mum, Bowie, Billie Holiday, anything I can dance to (and I can dance to anything! What up?)

Books: Lolita, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Delta of Venus, Little Prince, Crime and Punishment, A Walk in the Woods, Pride and Prejudice, Henry and June, Mother Tongue

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Cycling 3000 km through Cambodia and Vietnam.

Hitchhiking through Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, and Thailand.

Paragliding in Bulgaria. Sleeping in a cave in otherworldly Kapadokya. River rafting the Ganges. Cooking vegan food for a skeptical Romanian--and winning him over!

Living. Loving. Breathing. (Go ahead. Roll your eyes!)

Teach, Learn, Share

I'd be happy to share my knowledge of the English language. I can fine tune your writing or help improve your command of the language.

I'm a passionate vegan cook, and would gladly share tips for cooking healthy, easy, and flavorful vegan meals.

I would love to gain practical skills in the area of sustainability. So if you compost, have an organic garden, have a house built with sustainable principles, have knowledge of and/or use renewable energy sources, etc., can I pick your brain?

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Bulgaria, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam

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