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Valentina Postinghel

Yangon, Yangon Division, Myanmar (Burma)

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Overview

  • 19 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, German, Italian, Portuguese; learning Burmese, Spanish, Swahili
  • 35, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • English Language Teacher
  • BA Cultural Sciences
  • From Italy
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Life is too short to live in just one place

ABOUT ME

I love the world's diversity, exploring new countries and cultures and meeting new people.

I love not only travelling but also spending enough time in a country in order to understand its culture, its customs and the way people live and think.

What amazes me is that in spite of all the cultural differences between people from very different places around the world, people experience the same feelings and desires.

I love the excitment I get from starting all over again, arriving in a new place, starting a new life and making new friends. What makes me really sad though is having to say goodbye and leaving people I care for behind. Because, at the end of the day, what really makes a difference in my life and gives it flavour is the people I meet.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe that life is too short to live in just one place, and I want to experience living in as many places as possible.

One thing I discovered while travelling is that things are never the way you had imagined them. It's not that they're better or worse: they're just different! And you have to become open-minded to adapt quickly to change!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I surfed quite a lot in Brazil and met many interesting people through it. I also used to attend the regular CS events when I was living there. I hope that one day the Yangon CS community will grow and have regular events, which I think are a great way of meeting both locals and other travellers.
Now that I live by myself I enjoy hosting new people and listening to their exciting stories.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

My first CS experience was in Malaysia in 2009.

Interests

Travelling, foreign languages, yoga, vegetarian food; Thai, Ethiopian and Indian cooking

Music, Movies & Books

Books:

I love books that give you an insight into different cultures. Among my favorite writers, Amitav Ghosh (The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke), Rohinton Mistry (A fine Balance, Family Matters, Such a Long Journey), William Dalrymple (The Age of Kali, Nina Lives). Others:
Memoirs of a Geisha, Artur Golden
Burmese Days, George Orwell
The Shadow of the Sun
Tristes Tropiques, Claude Levy Strauss

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I volunteered in India for a year, backpacked around South Asia for a year and worked in Africa for over two years.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can help you with your Italian and English and teach you how to cook foods from different corners of the world.
Meeting new people is an opportunity to learn new things.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I've Lived In

Brazil, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Myanmar, Tanzania, United Kingdom

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