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Settling down in my hometown after many years of roving the globe..
I lived a wild life for so many years searching for myself only to find that at the end of the day all I was doing was running from my weaknesses. What I really needed to do was settle down where it all started, heal those wounds and start again.
That is what I am doing now; approaching my current life on the Rock with the perspective of a former traveller who has a more openminded perspective on what we can achieve as a community. I really enjoy my job as a journalist reflecting the views of the unique multicultural identity we have in Gibraltar.
However, despite all this I don't take myself too seriously (see pic lol) and will try to empathise as much as possible and understand we are all different and that is what makes us special and individuals.
My philosophy of life revolves around the local community, serving the people therein through concise journalism which put across what's happening as clearly as possible. Every community has its own rules and guidelines, which are there for a reason so we have to engage this mechanism as a process and a reality.
If you look deep enough in your own you will see why they are there and it is these that we have to live around when we settle in to any community. You may even find a beauty that you didn't expect.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
i have couchsurfed extensively and had many references and vouches. I try to help travellers when I can too.
My CS experience has gone well and opened doors for further character and cultural exploration which has benefitted me and hopefully those I have shared times with too. I loved the project and its been a pivotal part of my travelling experience over the last couple of years.
I feel the idea of allowing someone into your home emphasizes our unity despite difference, that we should bring down the borders between us, and that if we believe all things are possible. If we can conquer fear we can also overcome hatred, intolerance and preconceptions.
I enjoyed travelling and even though that is a different stage in my life, i like meeting people and listening to what they have to say- after all this is an investment not only in knowledge of their ways, but a knowledge of yourself and areas where you need to improve and grow.
I also enjoyed hitching though I don't do it anymore but instead picked some up in the area which is my way of giving back. I am a keen surfer when there are waves mainly in winter, spend time with family because that's who can cut past your barriers (for better or worse) and helping those I connect with with their travels. I like talking about leftie topics like feminism (as I value equality, however hard it is to accomplish) alternative outlooks (it's good to keep open and thinking outside the box) and amateur anthropology (if you are not connecting with other cultures when you're a traveller, you will never grow into a fuller human being).
Music, Movies, and Books
I enjoy Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' and other travel writers.
I also like reading enlightening material on denying the ego and living for others which ironically leads to a fuller understanding of who we are and a personal development that is quite interesting on the long run.
I enjoy listening to different music from hardcore to .
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I survived having all my stuff stolen in ecuador and reached Peru on $50 with nothing but a board under my arm and a t-shirt. I couldn't even find some flip-flops so i went barefoot all the way.
I also found myself in Australia. That was essential for the beginning of growth and a real self-discovery on the road from one side to the other. I hitched Europe four times that truly gives real meaning to the adage that the journey is the destination.
Teach, Learn, Share
I like to chat about lots of subjects, after all we do receive and understand a lot more when we sit and listen even if the words are just vehicles for our message.
I can share my home which has a pool and even air con (yes, its a bit bourg but its actually quite nice in summer) and is ten minutes walk from a beach with a cool beach bar that has some great live music and nice parties.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I speak a number of languages and can share those with people as well as some great travel stories and experience of different sub-cultures.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Gibraltar, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom