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My name is Vanessa, and I was born in Athens, where I have lived most of my life. I have lived in London for a few years, and I took a year off five years ago, to travel in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.
I am very open to meeting people, but if you are looking for romance, I am not the right person. I am living with my boyfriend Dave, who is an English travel writer / blogger / cyclist. You can read about his (our) travel stories here http://www.davestravelpages.com/
I also run walking tours in Athens. Feel free to like my FB page, where I often put up important information about what is going on in Athens and Greece -www.facebook.com/realgreekexperiences
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I joined CS out of curiosity in 2006, and I was soon hooked, because I found the idea just brilliant. Until 2013, when things were a little less commercial, I was deeply involved in welcoming people to CS, organising events, hosting people and staying with people.
I was one of those volunteers that helped CS grow into the mainstream corporation it is today. I do not regret it at all, but I don't like the direction things have taken. So, these days I am not involved in hosting and surfing anymore. I still follow posts in groups though, and occasionally answer questions. After all, it's hard to leave something that was quite possibly the most important part of my life for several years, and that really helped me grow.
You can read more about my current thoughts on CS here https://vanidio.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/couchsurfing-the-end-of-an-era/
I love travelling as responsibly as I possibly can, meeting people and showing people around Athens.
My favourite outdoors activities are snorkeling and hiking. I have also been a fan of ashtanga yoga since 2001.
- modern art
- table tennis
Music, Movies, and Books
Music has always been very important to me and it's helped shape my personality and attitude. I used to sing in cover bands and jam bands. Not many of them made it on stage, but it was a great experience :P
I like rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, blues, indie, experimental, instrumental (especially guitar)... I've seen many of my favourite bands live, including Porcupine Tree (my favourite band), Blackfield, Iron Maiden, Lenny Kravitz, the Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Black Sabbath, Guns'n'Roses, Steve Vai, the Levellers, Morcheeba, Joe Satriani, Mark Knopfler, Al Di Meola, Massive Attack, Radiohead, Tangerine Dream, Van der Graaf Generator, Hawkwind, Roger Waters, the Blues Brothers, Nick Cave, Loreena McKennit, Les Paul, Motorhead, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Paco De Lucia, Kiss, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, ZZ Top, Billy Idol, Aerosmith, The Stranglers........
I love animation and fantasy movies - Disney, Miyazaki, Burton are among my favourites. Other that that, movies I've liked in the past include Clerks (absolutely insane fantastic movie), V for Vendetta, The Matrix, Dark City, Almost Famous, Velvet Goldmine, Memento, Amélie, Trainspotting, Ghost World, Human Traffic, Saving Grace, Waking Ned Devine, Clockwork Orange, Lost In Translation, American History X, The Lord Of The Rings, American Beauty, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Perfume, Fight Club, The Crow, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Big Lebowski, Requiem for a Dream, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Zorba the Greek, Bonnie and Clyde.
I absolutely love a few short movies... here's a selection
* The octopus movie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BolgBSXjxeE
* Necktie - http://www.nfb.ca/film/necktie
* This really funny short movie that I was involved in - we made it with some CS people! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAFLB8bz7ro
I love magazines and comics, especially old-fashioned stuff like Disney, Asterix and Lucky Luke! As for books... there are many that I have liked in the past, but these days I prefer meeting and chatting with people.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I'm pretty sure that something that was amazing to me, e.g. taking a year off work, might sound normal to you... And something that I consider normal, e.g. freecamping on the beach in summer, might be amazing for you :)
If I wanted to mention just one thing, the Athens riots in December 2008
is something I'll never, ever forget. It showed me that everything can change in a moment... http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/2008_greek_riots.html
I could list a number of places I've found amazing - but let's talk about them when we meet!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can show you around Athens :)
I love Thai / Indian cuisine... So if you had a few tips on cooking, it would be great!
What I Can Share with Hosts
My smile, my enthusiasm, my knowledge of Greece, and a bottle of wine.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Greece, United Kingdom