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Tessina De Lille

Bremen, Germany

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Overview

  • 35 Positive References
  • Fluent in Dutch, English, French, German; learning Spanish
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • I study ecology - the interactions i...
  • M.Sc. Ecology, University of Bremen
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Becoming (more) active in and better at permaculture, selfsuffiency and conservation. I'm dreaming of a job in nature education or sustainable outdoor activities, and as I'm soon graduating, I'm looking into those fields a lot lately. Discover Europe and its cultures (working on several project at the same time. Some involve lots of walking, a donkey and a dog, other an old car and no highways. And of course couchsurfing is going to be how we will spend the nights - which hostel would accept a donkey anyway?!). Paint more. I recently started to experiment with aquarel and a more rough style of drawing.

ABOUT ME

I'm Belgian, but I've been living in Germany for the last four years (mostly in Berlin and Bremen, but also a short while in Wilhelmshaven). And I may have lost my heart here, so it seems I'll be staying for many more years.

I'm finishing my M.Sc. Ecology, and what I will do after that is still rather unsure, but I'm full of energy and projects, so I'm confident I'll find my way.

PHILOSOPHY

Be lovely to everyone. Laugh. The uncontrolled, intense, loud, unstopable kind. Until your belly hurts. Be authentic and do only things that make you happy.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've surfed quite a bit, and hosted even more. I really enjoy sharing my life with people. And in the same way, I love to temporary live with others and learn from them.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Couchsurfing is the backpacker's answer to expensive traveling. I find it wonderful that there is a way to travel and meet people this way. It is such a personal, individual and exciting experience.

My recently best experience was in Athens. I stayed at a family where there was an almost total language barrier, but I have never felt this much at home. And even though they didn't understand why I'm vegetarian, they still invited all their friends the evening I cooked. And afterwards, they tried to convince me to stay forever :)

Interests

I'm the happiest when I'm somewhere outside. I enjoy hiking and birding immensely, but I'm also always in for a canoe trip, playing with a kite, a cycling tour, a swim in lake or sea, a camping trip, etc... you name it.

I'm also very into permaculture, sustainability, selfsuffiency, and my head is always ful of ideas to upcycle, reduce, reuse and recycle, do-it-yourself, growing food, animal husbandry, and many more. My latest projects are growing some of my own food in my little flat (mushrooms, chicory, cilantro), and knitting myself a winter outfit. And I'm in the process of convincing my flatmates to start a compost heap or a worm farm.

Another passion of mine is drawing and painting. It happens spontenously and my heart always makes a little dance of joy when I'm doing it. I like to see what the cooperation of my head and my hands do. I am always nicely surprised.

I also adore traveling. It has been (and still is!) such an important part of defining who I am. For me a travel is very inspiring because it offers so many new ideas and views. I love seeing different things, doing new things, meeting new people. Every once in a while, my hearts start longing for different horizons, and I just have to go. I study birds, and I like to compare myself to migratory species. The fancy term is "migratory restlessness", the urge to go that translate in being nervous.

Then there is food. I adore food! I like to make it, eat it, read about it, smell it, grow it, experiment with it... From bread to Vietnamese pho. If you're open for my entusiastic kitchen energy, I would love to cook - mostly improvised - for you!

Music, Movies & Books

Movies - I enjoy any kind of funny, hilarious or cheerful film a lot. I have a small weak spot for French comedies. And nature documentaries of course.

Music - I like those small, cheerful bands, especially folk-like music (Balkan, French, ...). Preferably with some kind of uncommon instrument, to give an interesting touch to the sound.

Books - There are tons of kinds of books I enjoy. Way too many to mention here...

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I try to consider most things I do as amazing. But of course there are things that are more amazing than other. At the moment my trip to Mallorca comes to mind. My boyfriend and I had rent a little Fiat 500. We drove around the island with it, hiked a lot during the days, and slept in it during the nights. One night, we woke up by some strange bells. As some kind of Christian Church celebration. It was all round us. We took our torches and discovered that the car had been surrounded by a flock of sheep, and the sound were the bells around their necks! These kind of experiences I cherish most.

Teach, Learn, Share

I probably won't stop talking when we meet. I talk a lot. But I also love to learn about things I don't know so much about. You will steal my heart if you can show me some new kinds of food or something about nature. Recently I grew to enjoy the Macedonian way of dining: long hours talking over salads, cheese and grilled bread, where you can share food and company.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I'm an easy guest with a childlike entusiasm for new things. I don't snore. I sleep easily. I'm small, so I don't take much space. I'm not grumpy in the mornings, and I don't mind early wake-ups. And of course I am excited to cook for you or teach you anything I can!

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Spain

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