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Improve my climbing and get motivated for a triathlon
Born French in Strasbourg (I recommend traveling there once for its cathedral, maison à collombages, Xmas market) and then my parents settled in France at the border with Geneva (Ain department). I consider such a place as by basecamp now, even though I'm often on the run and either traveling or in different places/countries to study/work.
I'm currently working in London for a Renewable Energy company.
‘THE ONLY PEOPLE FOR ME ARE THE MAD ONES, THE ONES WHO ARE MAD TO LIVE, MAD TO TALK, MAD TO BE SAVED, DESIROUS OF EVERYTHING AT THE SAME TIME, THE ONES WHO NEVER YAWN OR SAY A COMMONPLACE THING, BUT BURN, BURN, BURN LIKE FABULOUS YELLOW ROMAN CANDLES EXPLODING LIKE SPIDERS ACROSS THE STARS.’ - JACK KEROUAC
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Help peeps save a couple coins not to spend in anonymous backpacks, renew with old-school hospitality.
I also join groups to see local activities. Enjoyed great cooking-sessions with Athens CS members.
Drop a message on Paris forum, each time I'm off to the movie/exhibition and consider it's worth sharing.
A few experiences on my CV so far. And quite unique ones.
First was surfing at a German's girl place at her shared-flat.
Second was in Crete, riding bicycle at the same time with my host and indulging in great Cretan food.
Third one was sheer brilliance and involved staying one night at a family place in outer Warsaw, with a stained-glass fanatics family.
Others surfing experiences added up to the above-mentioned
I hosted Brian and Rajiv at my parents place. Educated, intersting people, came with nice bottles of nice (properly drunk) and great stories to tell, was good to have them with my parents to show a bit of French family atmoshpere.
In Lyon, I hosted Dimitri, Vladimir and two of their friends. Good strolls in Lyon, good dinner shared, interesting talks on Russia and France.
Others hosting experiences added up to the above-mentioned
Photography (digital shooting and masterprinting), riding a bike through great landscapes ( the effort, the no-noise, the free-wheeling all that ). I lately took part in some impro theater workshops which I loved. Would like to repeat the experience. I enjoy hiking in mountains and ski-touring.
I spend some time cooking and I am very intersted in world cuisine. Started with Jamie Oliver books. Health/Pleasure/Communion is all cooking and eating should be about. Convinced by Organic/Sustainable Agriculture and Slow Food movements. Convinced in the necessity of a fight against food waste (Feeding the 5k).
A fan of : Goethe Institute / Insituto Cervantes / Confucius Instute ... Well all those places promotting a native culture worlwide.
Interested in micro-finance to empower the most impoverished. Kiva.org is an obvious platform.
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies : I enjoy art-house movies. I like 'la Nouvelle Vague' directors : Goddart, Truffaut, Chabrol, Rivette. I like quality cinema in general. I try to dig in Asian directors but I still miss many. Some independant cinema US comedies I've been enjoying lately : Garden State, Juno, Sideways. Slowly discovering Kieslowski and his materpieces (La double vie de Veronika et le tryptique Bleu Blanc Rouge) - Polish directors are to be discovered folks ! Films watch lately v. much advised : "A separation", "La guerre est déclarée", "Deep end"
French films recommended : Truffaut > Jules et Jim, les 400 coups, lhomme qui aimait les femmes, La Nuit Américaine. JL Goddard Le mepris, Pierrot le fou, A bout de souffle.
As for music, I equally enjoy classical Music ( Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, I won't name-drop in here too much - to me classical music's best support for understanding nature awe and human condition - Peeps in Paris here's a tip - Go to Mediatheque Musicale to extend your music horizons ), good rock music ( Muse, My Vitriol, Radiohead ), some US songwriters ( Sujfan Stevans, Bright Eyes ), some good electronic music ( DJ Shadow, Postal Servce ). World Music (what a poor calling) : Souad Massi (Algeria), Lhassa (Mex.), las Hermanas Caronni/Caceres (Arg.), Victor Jara (Chile) - I love the exposure those artists give to their culture/feelings. And once in a while, listening to "Don't stop me know" by Queen just turns everything upside down.
French music recommended: Alain Souchon, Serge Gainsourg, Benjamin Biolay, Alain Bashung
I lately feel in love in the 'Beat Generation' authors : Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs. John Dos Passos novels about New York are brillant.
French writers recommended. Celine, Sartre, Cocteau, Emile Ajar (Romain Gary). For fellow travelers "l'Usage du monde" by Nicolas Bouvier. Coup de coeur du moment Erri di Luca 'Three Horses', any short story by Stefan Zweig.
I might be able to provide you some of the material above-mentioned above during my/your stay.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Snowobarded Petit Combin, Valais, Switzerland
Teach, Learn, Share
Can teach tennis I guess, keep up with the tennis monitor myth
Cooking I can do that too !
And well foreigners fall for crepes, so we might flip a few.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, New Zealand
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, Spain, United Kingdom