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I grew up in the UK, but have spent the majority of my adult life overseas. These experiences, along with the relationships formed along the way, have ultimately defined the person I am today, although I like to think that I am evolving day by day :)
I have tried to become a more confident and empowered person as the years have gone by, and this is still a work in progress to be honest. The most empowering features of my life these days are definitely education, travelling, and my relationships. I love to read, to learn, and to share thoughts and sentiments with like-minded people and diverse voices along the way. I enjoy travelling, hitchhiking, biking, trekking, you name it, I will try it :) I also appreciate my new passion photography, and my new best-friend, my camera, his name is Kamsoo :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
For the past 2 years I have been living in relative isolation in the far North of Finland as a researcher :) I have returned to South Korea (my second home) again now, and I would love to integrate back into the fabric of the culture.
Relishing the simple things in life is something I have discovered over time and through maturity that is for sure. Here are a few things that make me tick:
- Travelling, both grand and discrete.
- Walking at the extremes, early in the morning and late at night.
- Sampling food from around the world, and trying new dishes in the kitchen.
- Lifelong learning: Embracing the world of ideas, but not getting too caught up in those ideas along the way.
Music, Movies, and Books
As a researcher, reading became more of a profession than a hobby. Wading through academic literature is one thing, but finding a text that is capable of changing one's life and outlook is entirely another. One of my favourite books is by bel hooks, entitled, Teaching to Transgress (wholeheartedly recommended).
I have an eclectic music taste, if I enjoy it in the moment, I listen to it. I have taken a liking to classical music thanks to my partner, particularly Debussy and Chopin. I also like Indy Korean music, not so much K-Pop however :)
I used to watch movies a lot, but nowadays have been too busy. I like horror movies although my partner refuses to watch them with me :) I also like Japanese cinema.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Cycling through the Finnish lake district with the person that I love.
Teach, Learn, Share
Many stories to tell.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Finland, Germany, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Norway, South Korea, United Kingdom