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Will Lin

Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Overview

  • 24 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in Chinese (Simplified), English, French, Spanish; learning Portuguese
  • 101, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • student, writer, translator
  • French and Spanish literature
  • From Fuzhou, China
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About Me

I have a nomad spirit, and an impulsive temperament, but for the first seventeen years of my life, I never travelled. Until at age of 17, I hosted an American hitch-hiker through Couchsurfing. The day before he left, I asked him if I could hitchhike with him. Voila, I left the apartment with him the second day and started the first journey of my life. A journey that eventually took me across the Chinese vast land, into the highland of Tibet and up onto the Himalayan ridges in Nepal.

Since that trip, the world opens up incessantly. A Great Learning starts. First in San Antonio, then in New York, later in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Montpellier and Geneve. I stayed in each of the city above over a varied period of time. I speak their languages (technically five of them), and made friends that are at the same time my role models. Yes, my friends are my role model that I learn incessantly with them. If you ask my friend, they may highlight my gazes that spark a yearning of growing. Almost in every conversation and every event in my life, I have an "aha moment". My mind works subtly and philosophically in such an intense degree that it brings me as many problems as the insights into the psychology.

The worst kind of day of my life is not a day of bad lucks or even of a trama; it's a day without insight. The day in which nothing really happenes, and the routine repeats itself. I would do anything to jump out of the day of dullness and this trait makes me who I am.

Interests

Flamenco:
I followed an intense Flamenco course in Madrid

Bamboo flute:
I am so into the mood of my flute music that I can't help but dancing with it.

Taichi:
I learn my Taichi with a Cambodian monk in France who led a revolution in his country.

Writing:
I yearn to be a professional writer. I write every day.

Memorization:
I can remember 80% of a written text at the first sight. My happies moment is when I recite into my heart paragraphs after paragraphs of foreign texts.

Music, Movies & Books

Demian -- Herman Hesse

Siddharta-Herman Hesse

Goldmund and Narcissus- Herman Hesse

Eat, Pray, Love

Jed Mckenna's triology:
1. Spiritual Enlightenment, the damnest thing
2. spiritually incorrect enlightenment
3. spiritual warfare

Favorite movies:

1. L'homme de Sa Vie ( a wondrous gay-themed movie)
2. Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulin
4. le herrison (The elegance of Hedgehog )
5. La Vie en Rose (The documentary of Edith Piaf)
6. le sel de la tierra ( the salt of the earth; documentary of a French/brazilian photographer)
7. spirited away ( Japanese animated movie; I felt I have dreamed it before I watched it)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

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1. One winter afternoon in a university I saw two dogs killed bloodily by guards. Ironically, it’s because stray dogs would affect the school’s chance of being elected as “Most Civilized School” that urged guards to beat the dogs every week. Thus, I built a yard in a hill of the university as a home for stray dogs unbeknownst to guards. Every day, I would put aside my pride and collect the leftovers from the canteen tables to feed my dogs. Every day for 400 days, I never forgot to feed them. With many people’s donations and voluntary help, I can proudly say I have saved over 50 dogs totally. During these days, I had to many risks to maintain the dog shelter: Once, guards decided to search for dogs all over the campus, so I removed 16 dogs in a night; once I even jumped into guards’ truck and released all the dogs, and I almost got caught.
The relationship with my doggies is not based on my compassion, but based on a father’s love to his kids. And I am proud that I am a good father.

(Now they are moved to a more well organized stray dog organization)

Por 17 años de mi vida, apenas viajé afuera de la burbuja de donde nací yo, pero afortunadamente, encontré Couchsurfing y empecé a hospedar a los viajeros extranjeros en mi apartamento. Mi tercer huésped era un tipo estadounidense que había viajado el mundo por autoestop. Lo hospedé por tres días y el día antes de su partida, le hice una pregunta que considero “ unas de las preguntas que ha cambiado mi vida”: “puedo viajar contigo?”

La respuesta a esa pregunta me hizo decidir a vender mi apartamento, y por suerte, lo hice bastante rápido. Al día siguiente, con una mochila que solía usar para la escuela, me puse a hacer autoestop con él. Recorrimos quinientos millas en un día. Todavía me acuerdo con gran lucidez del agradecimiento al conseguir mi primer autostop en una camioneta. Mi corazón iba a explotar con tal alegría y emoción que llegué a creer que fue la primera vez de mi vida que experimenté en carne propia la alegría auténtica y profunda.

Aunque un día después, nos separamos por direcciones distintas, continué viajando hacia oeste, cruzando Tibet e yendo de excursión en Himalayas. De ninguna manera que pueda sobrestimar la importancia de ese viaje y mi vida anterior tiene la pinta de ser falsificada en comparación. Si algún día tuviera ganas de escribir una autobiografía, aparecería en la primera página este cuento que acabas de escuchar.

Countries I've Visited

China, France, Mexico, Nepal, Norway, Spain, Switzerland

Countries I've Lived In

China, France, Spain, United States

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