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Xavier Pincé

San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta, Chile

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Overview

  • 163 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish; learning Czech, Hindi, Malagasy, Malay, Persian (Farsi)
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • anything. Really, anything.
  • Studied 5 university years and have ...
  • From Biscarrosse-Plage, Landes, France
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About Me

Update on my current situation: Although the following description is still true, I'm am now less volatile, and after having wandered around Africa, Europe, Asia, I got in love in South America and stayed longer as usual. After having lived tons of adventures, hitchhiked tens of thousands of kms, met hundreds of amazing people, worked tens of different jobs, I am settling for some months here in San Pedro de Atacama, wishing to be a good guide to tourists from all the world visiting this amazing place (I'm tour guide for agencies or private with my own van, see newenAtacama on Facebook).

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I grew up in south-west of france in a sea-shore resort village near Bordeaux. Before leaving it at 18, I thought the world was run by seasonal restaurants and china-made traditional handcrafts merchants. When studying in an engineering school far from home, I discovered that some people were also working in offices, and that I would probably live my life this way as pursuing a carreer and becoming an "important person" seemed to be the norm. In 2004 I applied eventually for an exchange year in a foreign school. I "chose" Mexico as it was the last available option left to me among all booked european cities. It changed my life, and my vision. I realized in Mexico that some people could live differently, have different focus in life, believe in different ideas and superstitions, than we do in tiny south-west-France. I eventually came back, got graduated, worked in offices, designed some unethical strange machines, forgot about the world around. I understood after 3 years that I didn't really want this life. I remembered Mexico, abroad, others, lands, lives, diversity, love, humility, smiles, pathes, uncertainty, fears, emotions, and priceless moments of simple life... I quit. I travelled for a while, from europe to asia. I got lost in time, space, and love. I am not a vagabond, I always come back. But I leave again, I'm not sure yet why. I lost tracks of what is called a reasonnable life and I don't know whether I want to reach them back or continue in the jungle of emotions the world hides in each corner of the continents...

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

Hosting whenever I can (having no permanent home gives me less chances, but still I do it sometimes). Being hosted, I usually try to surf in the countryside where people have too few (sometimes never have) couch requests. Also I try to introduce newcomers on couchsurfing by giving them clues and advices about the website and the community.

Couchsurfed in almost all of the countries I visited. Hosted people from various countries when living in France, Switzerland, Australia, Malaysia, Chile.

Interests

-getting lost in the countryside of any country, including mine. -skiing, though I didn't practice much in the last few years due to my new focuses on life. -food. I love eating, everywhere, delicious foods. Don't forget I'm french! -writing : I like to write, ideas and travel experiences. If you read french, try this www.tourto.fr is my blog [might be on standby those days because I've been away from my keyboard quite some time]

Music, Movies & Books

The movies and books I enjoy generally have something to tell on a historical, cultural, philosophical, scientific or anthropology level, even as a background of a fiction story. Same thing for the movies, though I sometimes enjoy an action movie when I really don't want to think much. I don't like to read or watch something just in order to hide the clock and wait for the next day to come. When I don't have the material to pass time, I prefer doing nothing, staying with my thoughts, waiting with comfort, and thinking about life. This way I sometimes find clues about mysteries of life! I never get bored. I don't know much how I can do that, it just happen. Music preferences on alternative-rock, balkanic-rock, trip-hop, french text songs, folkroric and local bands from the countries I visit... From my travel I could then add up Persian folk, north indian/pakistani themes, North Argentinian Folklore (like Chamamé and such), Chilean Cueca, Equatorian folks, etc.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to say "my mother is an octopus" in more than 30 languages! And i'll be gratefull if you teach me that in your language or dialect! I can teach some french recipes, in the limit of the availability of the ingredients in your country. I want to learn, only learn, whatever it is!

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Plurinational State of, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hungary, India, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Italy, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Réunion, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Chile, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland

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