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watermelonrouge

Paris, Île-de-France, France

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Overview

  • 10 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Web Analyst
  • No education listed
  • From Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

travels in Latin America / study French in France! And then we'll see how I feel ;)

ABOUT ME

well, my profile link is here, and It's meant to be public:

https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=FQYBVCK

But anyway, I'm a laid back, inquisitive traveller that loves to eat and take pictures. Though claim no specific expertise in either. Rio is the perfect city for both :)

PHILOSOPHY

I guess I must have one! Lets see... don't suffer fools gladly (then again what is a fool? That's open to interpretation). Cut the crap and tell it like it is. Know what you know, accept what you don't but try and learn more.

You'll only ever really find out by talking to me :)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'm keen to get involved in a range of events - and some language exchange when I have the energy! French is pretty good now, about to move on to Spanish so you should see me there soonish. I'd love to host you but need a little more space :)

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosted around 8 people, and surfed twice.... when I started, my life was in an enormous state of flux and I didn't know where home was, but somehow I still managed to be a decent host (well I hope so)!

*Awesome* new years house party in Stockholm to see in 2011. That's what CS is all about! And an array of gatherings in both the UK and Canada. Much more to come I'm sure!

Interests

Cycling, Food/Cooking, learning French, travelling and exploring, appreciating music (sadly, not playing - hehe!).

I try to cycle everywhere - this has been the theme of many of my holidays in the last few years (mostly in France). Not in the bitter cold winter of course - but I don't own a driving licence, and barely want one. Cycling in Cuba I realized that a driving licence would help, but only so that I could rent a scooter. Not too fussed about cars really. It has to be an experience and not a way of life. Maybe with a small convertible I could be persuaded!

Travelling makes me interested in the associated literature and food etc, and this snowballs into a desire for additional trips. In Montreal I'm already missing France, Italy etc which used to be so close to me before I moved - and after the recent trip to Cuba I'm aching to get back and finish what I started. All this with only 3 weeks holiday a year?

Music plays a big part in my life (as a listener), officially I listen to every genre there is except mos of what is in the charts right now. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Right now I read more than I ever have - caught between reading in English or reading classic French novels with the help of a dictionary! It's not as hard as it sounds :)

I'm also interested in everything internet (analytics, marketing, design, dev....), but thats no fun for a couchsurfing profile!

Music, Movies & Books

I listen to most music - having focused on more electronic music when I was younger it's moved into jazz/soul/pop/rock/world/classical.....etc etc. I now understand that the sounds I love can be found all over the musical spectrum which is very rewarding.

I've become interested in singer/songwriter music more recently, and am addicted to Laura Nyro (she cannot be bettered) and increasingly to Joni Mitchell.

I'm finding my way with books - though I'm somewhere between Ernest Hemingway (in English) and Alexandre Dumas (in French). Add to this a wealth of travel literature including, most recently, Che Guevara's motorcycle diaries. I'm reading all the Cuba-themed books I can to prep myself for a return - I guess this is what set me off on the trail of learning Spanish!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Cycling across the Serra de Tramuntana in Mallorca, all the way from Port d'Andratx in the south, to Port a Pollenca in the north, in one day. Breathtaking views, and what a descent!

I've also cycled from Geneva, Switzerland to Bilbao, Spain in 2 weeks, and that was a time of my life. Beautiful country, beautiful food. I fear getting too old to repeat the experience, especially if I'm based in North America. As for those who can boast a US coast-to-coast cycle... blaah, maybe I'll do that one day. A lot of time commitment though!

In my recent 3-week trip to Cuba I took 8 different modes of transport and saw the island in a way 99% of tourists never will. Cycling through the mountains in rugged terrain puts the resort tourists to shame.....

Of course, those are very personal experiences - I'd love to say I'd saved a life, or cured world hunger, then again maybe I can add that one day!

I attended a CouchSurfing NYE party in Sweden, which was a great experience though was in -15 weather. I thought *that* was cold until I came to Canada!

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Teach, Learn, Share

I speak English perfectly.
Je parle francais avec un niveau avance (mais Couchsurfing n'aime pas les accents maintenant!).
Hablo un poquito de espagnol!

I talk about most things, though, to be honest. Except the time my friends rambled on about Canadian hipster music and I discovered how much I still had to learn about this country and its prides ;)

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, United Kingdom

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