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Tam Borine

London, London, England

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Overview

  • 105 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • 101, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • student and massage therapist
  • uni
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

>>>update<<< APRIL and MAY: I have exams so only hosting in extreme EMERGENCIES. Read the 'my home' section of my profile for more information. JUNE: hosting again...but not accepting any couchrequests for June until 26th May+

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I love the original premise: meeting different people and learning about different ways of life, giving without expecting, no profits. Just human kindness, learning and trust. CS is changing a lot, and the original purpose is being diluted by increased commercialism. For this reason I am upset and want a place where I can really Be Welcome*

I surfed a lot from 2012-14. I started hosting last summer. Also met many others randomly and find out they're on CS or BW*.

Honestly: I joined CS because I was traveling totally broke and needed somewhere to stay wherever I moved, I used it as my base for traveling. I know that is controversial and I would emphasize that people participate for different reasons: for some it is primarily a social thing, for some an 'exchange' and for others it comes from necessity. I was born in the third category and although I greatly value the amazing experiences and connections and even long-lasting friendships I have made, I do believe in giving unconditionally and when I can I will give and when I can't I will 'take' and I feel no shame in saying that I wish the world was more 'pass the kindness on' and forget the money or even non-monetary 'exchange'.

Interests

Interested in so many things, maybe too many... it changes as I meet new people who inspire me

collaborating, sharing, giving, receiving, stories, dancing,(acro)yoga, sustainability, massage, languages, startups, GIS, debating, contact improv, hulahoop, ariels (silks),cooking,capoeira, salsa...I could go on

Music, Movies & Books

Really getting into some classical pieces lately. Current favourite is Frédéric Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude --so much depth!!

This is so so so amazing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsVWMBOJdRw

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Spring 2013 I (and 100-200 other people) climbed and attacked a big ice-castle deep in a forest somewhere near Moscow as part of a mystical traditional event for Maslinitsa (Russian festival of winter changing to spring). Many people climbing on each others faces is dirty but extremely fun! I did hurt my tail-bone a little, but I don't regret it.

Teach, Learn, Share

I love to learn, what can you teach me?

Can share my knowledge of traveling for years on basically no money.

Some salsa steps, a few hula hoop tricks, how to make a lotus flower from a serviette....

I can also share my experience so far of giving up sugar (approx 10months now)...it is an adventure.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Lots...read my references ;)

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, France, Italy, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Russian Federation, United Kingdom

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