Mandy Welfare

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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  • Fluent in English, French, German, Spanish; learning Catalan, Valencian, Turkish
  • 30, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • I float between teaching and learning and learning and te...
  • University degree in English Literature from University o...
  • From Bath
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


To learn how to order a tea with milk in every language. help me?!


let me see, I'm the kind of person who will make you tea and biscuits and chat all afternoon. i love meeting new people, exploring new places, trying different activities (my most recent adventures and mishaps occured during a wave boarding session). i am working in the most beautifully obscure villages in Germany for the summer, and in the cosmopolitan city of Berlin the rest of the year. my enthusiasm for learning German is growing, and i am ever trying not to forget my french and spanish too. Life is good!


i think we live too much for the future, it is important to consider, but today is what counts. i think friends and family are the most essential thing in life, having people to love you and love in return.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


i like to share experiences with people, have given lots of advice on what to do in the places where i have been/lived, if i have a couch to give i'll offer it, and if you have a couch i'll sleep on it!


met some incredible people at cs parties in Barcelona, my first surf was in Sydney with 3 awesome guys, also surfed in Bali where my host became more like my sister! (we bonded the first night over gin and guy talk!). been to some wacky parties in Melbourne and have managed to help and be helped by many travelers (thank-u all!). east coast of Oz surfing was full of random meetings, chili cooking, carnivale dancing, massages and sing star. Colombian couchsurfing was incredible, met hosts and their families, one especially who took us in as if we were some of their own. amazingly generous and beautiful people! every person i have met has been wonderful! here's to the next awesome person! cant wait!


where to start? i love learning new languages, customs and about different cultures. food is always interesting, making it, buying it, preparing it then finally, and best, eating it. i love to read and write, especially Latino literature and anything which is based on something historical. i really want to get back into making my own clothes, used to do that a lot when i lived at home. music is a great passion, playing it, listening to it, i promise i wont sing in your presence unless i know you well enough, i wouldnt subject anyone to that!!

Music, Movies, and Books

lets see, the last movie i saw was Django (Prost, German! hilarious!). im not a movie snob, il watch anything to be entertained; currently am a bit obsessed with the band Orishas and The XX, worked the Isle of Wight festival and renewed my love for live music. Living in Berlin really caters for that, although there is a distinct lack of latin based gigs here; books, coming from Bath i do like Jane Austen, or anything based on a time or event in history, latino literature including Marquez and Allende, 1984 and Brave New World are 2 of my favourite novels; Im one of those people who reads several books at a time. Bret Easton Elias has recently caught my attention too. Poetry is one of my passions as well, Whitman, Frost, Byron, Lorca. I like to write as well, but only for myself.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

the list is endless! i think you can get something out of every experience you have. sunset over Gili Meno, the view from the bottom of the Grand Canyon up, sprinkles cupcakes on Rodeo Drive, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, swimming in icey cold water in Bridalveil falls in Yosemite national park, the mountains of sea lions in the harbour of San Fransisco, white water rafting down the Colorado river, isle of Wight festival, reading 'Eva Luna', 12 apostles at sunset, Uluru with champagne at sunset, sunset at Semaphore beach while couch surfing with Tony seeing dolphins, getting stuck in the Brisbane floods, a Turkish henna party, a So Low Suicide gig, Estonian swamps, Berlin (no need for an explanation, you get it), home made cream teas in an old english farm house, rooftop salsa and reggaton dancing in Colombia...

Teach, Learn, Share

i'll teach you english if you teach me german!

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Chile, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Thailand

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom

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