Ruan Burnett

Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng

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  • English Teacher
  • University Level
  • From Cape Town, Western Province, South Africa
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About Me


To meet some people from all over the world and to then find out which Nationality would win in a drunken boxing match... That was a joke, btw...


I love beer.. I think it's important to start with that... I'm not that talkative at first, but I open up soon enough, especially when I'm relaxed.. That's where the beer comes in..


We have but one life to live. Don't waste time caring about what the world thinks of you. Soon enough you'll be gone, and what would be the point? Have fun, but don't let your fun come at the expense of others. And most of all (I can't stress this enough), 'to each his (or her) own'. We are all different. Embrace that difference rather that shut someone out because of it.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I try to host people, but it's not always possible. If I can't host then I'm always happy to provide other Surfers with as much information as possible in order to enhance their experience..


I've had so much fun through Couchsurfing. Staying on kitchen floors in Manila to having a house to myself in Taiwan. The thing I enjoy the most are those late night chats with surfers that sometimes run into the early hours of the morning. Not a single bad experience yet =).. Couchsurfing exemplifies values that most of the world has lost over the decades; togetherness and trust. Too corny?


Reading, debating, drinking, playing cards, playing pool, playing Foosball, meeting random people and doing random things. Oh, I love sleeping. Afternoon naps are my bread and butter.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Boondock Saints, Tuesdays with Morrie, Without a Paddle, Gladiator, The United States of Leland, Taken, Superbad, Role Models, Bram Stroker's Dracula, American Psycho, Sweeney Todd.

Books: Anything by Terry Pratchett, Wilbur Smith, Plato and Tom Clancy.. Nothing by Dan Brown.

Music: Killswitch Engage, Metallica, Korn, 36 Crazy Fists, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Louis Armstrong, Foo Fighters, Steppenwolf, Kings of Leon, Placebo, Nightwish. I can go on and on, but I don't want to bore the reader..

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I went hiking in the Qinling Mountains in Shanxi Province, China. We hiked for 10+ hours and I enjoyed every second of it...

I also saved one girl from falling off the Mountain. The fall would have been fatal. You're welcome, Stag =)

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: I can teach you how to open a bottle of wine with a shoe or a towel, or how to open a beer with pretty much anything. My favourite thing to teach, however, is Afrikaans swear words.

Learn: I love learning absolutely random facts about pretty much anything. Did you know that dolphins participate in orgies and indulge in homosexual activities? I did.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A beer and some fun stories

Countries I’ve Visited

Botswana, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Lesotho, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, South Africa, Taiwan

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