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leaving what I know to find what I don't
I like things that sparkle especially eyes, night walking through the city, smells that bring back memories, queer theory, sunday papers, roller coasters, music that makes me smile, music that makes me cry, city breaks to random places, spontaneity, riding on a motorbike through the city, folk tag radio, cooking for my friends, surprising people, waking up with someone you love, travel guides, scrabble sundays, vegetarianism, the colours of the greengrocers, reading the paper or a good book in a cafe with a cake, staring out to sea, being dressed up, hugs, books you can't put down, crosswords, moments when you feel like you're in a film, eating out, long summer evenings, festivals, cushions, random acts of kindness, planning things, Barcelona, big cookies, losing myself and finding something new, dancing to rockabilly, dancing like a fool, bubbles, getting the giggles, dreaming and road trips.
I don't like wilfull ignorance, apathy, being stuck in traffic, small-mindedness, injustice, meanness or misogyny.
I don't know what I want, but the list of what I don't is growing every day.
If I won the lottery I would open a retreat centre or a guest house and before that I'd travel the globe searching for the perfect location. I wrote that last sentence a whle ago and, although I'm not sure if the retreat centre is still my dream, I am about to travel the world on an adventure into something I don't yet know. I'm going with my boyfriend Steve who you can see in my friends list. We hope to see you there!
So long as you don't hurt others, do whatever it is that makes you happy. Don't put things off. And when things are bad, get on with it - there's no other option.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've surfed, hosted, coffeed and drinked, and been to many CS meets - all sorts. I'm a big fan of couchsurfing as you can see from this article: http://ohcomely.co.uk/archive-article.php?id=335
Also soon to start a blog: diaryofacouchsurfer.me
I spent a couple of months in the summer of 2008 traveling around Spain and did a bit of couch surfing and meeting for drinks along the way. It made my trip - I met some of the best people I've ever known and had some truly beautiful times. I even moved to Barcelona for a bit in 2009 to live with some couchsurfing friends.
Back in London, I've hosted for the last few years in shared houses and now with my boyfriend Steve. We've couchsurfed on short trips around Europe and are now about to set off on a worldwide adventure, hoping to meet many surfers along the way.
So many things, but I'm frustrated by the inability to know something well unless you make it your specialism at the expense of something else. So mostly I know just bits and pieces and haven't yet found my passion. So I rely on others who do know to tell me and I love that. Perhaps my passion is people: how they live, how they are happy, what they see.
Music, Movies, and Books
Too many. But here are some favourite songs:
The Tallest Man on Earth - Love is all / Sparrow and the medicine
Portico Quartet - Pompidou
Richard Thompson - Beeswing
Beirut - Postcards from Italy
Bon Iver - Skinny Love/Holocene/re.Stacks
The Cure - Boys don't cry
Bob Marley - No woman, no cry
Pixies - Debaser
Johnny Cash - Walk the line
Joni Mitchell - All I want
The Ronettes - Then she kissed me
Arcade Fire - Rebellion Lies
Leonard Cohen - That's no way to say goodbye
Libertines - Music when the lights go out
Joanna Newsom - Clab, crab, cockle, cowrie / Good day
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home / Brother
Fleet Foxes - Oliver James / Helplessness Blues
Ludovico Einaudi - I Giorni
Deer Tick - Baltimore Blues No.1
Together. Black Cat, White Cat. Amelie. Shooting Dogs. The Constant Gardener. Walk the Line. Beaches. Goodbye Lenin. Once Were Warriors. Koyaanisquatsi. Motorcycle Diaries. My Girl. Freedom Writers. Before Sunrise. Before Sunset. The Sopranos. Bored to Death. Mad Men.
Far too many. Anything from Milan Kundera to Carlos Luis Zafon to Lionel Shriver to Pessoa to whatever takes my fancy in the shop.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Qatar, Spain, United Kingdom