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Edward Holdaway

Red Hill, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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Overview

  • 13 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese
  • 40, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Economist & occasional English teach...
  • I have 3 degrees, including a Master...
  • From Melbourne, Australia
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Take risks, experience new things & have fun.

ABOUT ME

I am an economist, but don't hold that against me I'm one of the good guys. In Australia I work for the Department of Finance (similar to the American Treasury). I recently spent 3 years living In Tokyo exploring as much of Japan and the region as possible, often using the CS site to join in activities & sometimes stay at people's places. Would love to meetup with other CSers traveling through Canberra, especially from New Zealand as I am spending 3 weeks there 21Dec to 11 Jan?!

PHILOSOPHY

Enjoy life, maintain confidences, try to think outside the square and be open to trying new things. I believe that your life is often as interesting as the people you meet as they will give you ideas on where to go and what to do; the more interesting people you meet, especially from other countries, the richer your life will be.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I attend and sometimes organise CS events, especially when traveling. Whenever I meet fellow CSers I share ideas with them about where to get information on what to do and what I have done.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have met some great people at CSing parties / get-togethers, shown CSers around and had fellow CSers show me around. For example, I've: been to CSing Hanami Parties at Osaka Castle Park & Kamogawa in Kyoto; attended several of the monthly get togethers in Shibuya, Tokyo; gone on a few on the monthly walking tours in Tokyo; and CS with Japanese people in Nagoya and Kyoto. When I was in Moscow in July 2013 I met several local Muscovites who showed me around. Had a great time exploring the city.

Interests

Scuba Diving; Massage; Traveling; Economics; Modern art; Languages both teaching and learning; Dinning out, especially trying new foods and restaurants; listening to music; Stand-up comedy.

Music, Movies & Books

Books - My favourite authors are normally people who write about factual things in an interesting engaging way. They include: Bill Bryson; Ben Elton; Clive James; Michael Lewis; Malcolm Gladwell. Movies - My favourite movies tend to be either Science Fiction or Comedy movies and include: the early Woody Allan films, especially Annie Hall & Sleepers; Ender's Game; Minority report; The Core; Aliens; LA Story; TV Shows - My favourite TV shows include: The Wire; Breaking Bad; House; The Sopranos; True Blood; Dexter; Battlestar Galactica (the new series, not the original); Visitors; Big Love; Six feet under; & Sons of Anarchy.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I spent a ski season in Aspen Colorado and skied most of the ski mountains in Colorado and New Mexico and got a job as an extra in a ski movie. I have been Scuba Diving on and off for year. Scuba Diving highlights include; doing a night time dive with a compass to navigate my way across a bay in Tahiti; and diving in the Similian Islands in Thailand.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have been a public servant in Australia and worked at several agencies including: The Department of Defence; The Australian Tax Office; The Superannuation Agency (monitors people's pension funds); and the Department of Finance. Before becoming a public servant I worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. I have also worked on and off as an English teacher to people from a non-English speaking background. So I have a varied background and I am happy to discuss a range of issues.

What I Can Share With Hosts

If visiting Canberra, as I have a car, I can show you around &/or you can join me doing things. For example, on Wednesday I go to a Drag Queen Trivia night at a cocktail bar, the first Tuesdays of the month I go to the Amnesty International meaningful movie night, the first Wednesday of the month I go to a standup comedy night.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Japan, Korea, Republic of, United States

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