Tina Cartwright

Galle, Southern, Sri Lanka

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  • Writer/Teacher/Volunteer
  • B.A Linguistics, Dip Grad Secondary Teaching
  • From Oamaru, New Zealand
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About Me


Learning, writing and improving my spanish


I'm in my 30s have travelled a bit in Thailand and Europe and have lived in Spain and Mexico. I love the Mexican culture, the vitality, the history, the mix of life and death, passion and tradition. I really love the food tacos, chilaquiles, mole, picadillo ... everything! I do some children's writing. It's more like a lifestyle choice for me than a job. I don't make a living from it, haha! I'm going to do an internship in Sri lanka in October, can't wait. Feel pretty lucky to be here and feel like I learn something every day.


I like to take and seek out any opportunities I can. I'd much rather be poor than unsatisfied. I love learning. People are amazing.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I want to couch surf in Sri lanka when I go there in October


Haven't had any yet but have had some really good experiences where friends passed on numbers of friends in Spain etc and they in turn became great friends of mine. I always try to do that for people too.


Movies, writing, Aztec and Mayan culture, Archaeology, Etymology, Languages, Music, Art ... anything that adds to your outlook .. or questions it

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies - anything by Tony Gatliff, Vengo, Transylvannia etc. Michel Gondry - the Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. From NZ - Eagle vs Shark! and I love Guillermo del Toro - laberinto del fauno, Hellboy etc
Authors: Henry Miller, Herman Hesse, Tienda de Milagros - Jorge Amado, The Rain King - Saul Bellow, Octavio Paz - Piedra del Sol, and from NZ Kerri Hulme - the Bone People
Music: My longtime hero Ani Difranco, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Tex Perkins, Caifanes, Heroes del Silencio y mucho mas. From NZ - the Feelers and good old Lindon Puffin

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

For me travelling down to France beside the Rhine passing little white villages surrounded by blue fir trees with the sun coming through the window hitting the crown of my head. Watching the beautiful tranquility of the landscape and knowing I was on my way to achieve what had been a dream of mine for a long time (to see Ani Difranco live in Strassburg)was a moment where I could've died from the happiness in my heart and not really minded.

Teach, Learn, Share

Okay um I like to talk about literature or art. Have some stories to tell about Aztec culture, Mexican culture, and my opinions on NZ culture. I studied case marking (talking about ways to express who did what to whom in languages of the world), nominal hierarchies (who is more important - speaker, listener, man, woman, horse etc, in languages of the world) and theories about why. I love talking about music and poetry too.

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