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making good kinds of trouble wherever I go
I come from Cape Town in South Africa with family in Spain so I speak that language too, and become a slightly different, more vivacious person in Spanish. For the last couple of years I have been in Amsterdam, a city I have slowly fallen in love with. I studied performance research, and now comparative literature focussing on queer zines. I have a way of blurring life and work so that at a party I could start scribbling notes frantically ona serviette as something becomes clear to me. I live with my girlfriend in Amsterdam Oost in a neighbourhood with layers of history and lots of leafy squares and gardens.
I am very adaptable and quite hardy. Also kind, loyal, awake, dreamy and curious. I find it very hard to be bored.
To stop arguing with reality and concentrate instead on making things(books, relationships, projects, protests)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have participated as host/surfer/advice giver/asker/holiday companion/surprise birthday party thrower/fellow movie-watcher/house-sub-letter/confidante and all manner of social entanglements created up by this network
Couchsurfing has been a web of possibilities and life-lines.
Performance Studies,dancing,anthropology, beautifully designed objects,buildings that are falling down but you can still see the inside,chance encounters, shoes, warm nights, bad art,botellon, swimming and the sea, being, fervent discussions, idle chatter, manifestations.
Music, Movies, and Books
**ANY MOVIE shown at De Nieuwe Anita movie night on mondays makes you feel stoned(in a very good way) even though you're only eating popcorn. If you come to amsterdam i recommend it!!
The other day I saw breakfast at Tiffany's and got ecstatic at the wonderful wonderful dialogue written by Truman Capote. Last night I saw a sci fi film based in Tampere which was very wierd but very perfect for my mood,,movies can be like that sometimes.
Book wise I love especially a tightly woven satisfyingly cast short story. Or one of those books you read until the sun comes back or miss like a cigarette at social ocassions, you'd so much rather be reading than talking.[On my 20th birthday I hid in a cupboard to finish the last chapter of my book before rejoining the party!]
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
An amazing thing on CS was the spontaneous holiday I had with CS's Andrea, Tommi and Doris and Christian in lapland. We fell into old friendship on first meeting and had the most unbelievable revels together over the course of a week. This easy intimacy and sudden comfort, this allowance to just be and reveal the most boisterous and soft parts of myself was something that will always stay with me as a way it is possible to be with people. I think a zillion barriers dropped since that holiday. Permanently.
Teach, Learn, Share
some spanish colloquialisms
20-minute party wower baked cheesecake a la my grandma
how to get out of a creative block if you are writing something.
how to resolve miscommunications/get at the heart of something bothering you
how to make an endless array of kitsch cocktail snacks straight from the '70s toothpick era
anything you want to teach me!