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Hello there !
I am Raphaël, 33 years old.
As all of us here, travelling is one of my greatest passion. I have been to around 60 countries already and lived in 11.
I am now working in the humanitarian sector, focusing on refugees or IDPs in conflict/hazards affected areas. I meet people from all over the world, I do my best to help some, and of course I travel a lot ! And best thing, it's a real job, not volunteering. So far, I have been working in Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Congo (DRC), Nepal, Jordan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Bangladesh, Chad and now Tunisia.
I am a really social guy, always ready to have a walk, to share a beer or simply to share stories with anyone.
Life is short, so enjoy it, but do not forget to respect yourself and to respect others :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Well, couchsurfing.org is a first for me so this is a quite difficult section to fill in! However, every time I have been living in a country, I did some roadtrip and had to do some couchsurfing.
It happened for instance in Cameroon, where I spent some months in 2011 and 2012, and in DRC. Back there, couchsurfing is a lottery, especially in villages. Who knows which huge spider, snake or monkey is going to climb on your knees while you are asleep. But even if it's scary, you are always laughing about it the next morning and above all, the hospitality in this amazing country makes you forget any hairy creature.
Sports : football, tennis, horse riding, hiking...
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
- Road to Perdition
- The Labyrinth of the Faun
- Miyazaki movies
- Shooting Dogs
- Blood Diamond
- Hotel Rwanda
- Stephen King
- Bernard Werber
- Christian Jacq
- Electro, electro rock
- hip hop
- some latino music
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Climbing a mountain alone in Iceland was pretty cool, but spending days with monkeys on a almost-lost island in Cameroon was truly amazing !
I also met closely with crocs in Ghana, hyena in Mali, dolphins and lions in Tanzania and whale sharks in the Philippines.
Teach, Learn, Share
Hmm, in a wonderful world I could obviously tell you : "yeah, I am a great French cook and I can teach you many things about cooking". Sounds good, right.
Actually, I am not a good cook at all, but at least I am a fast learner !
I have fun stories to tell though :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greenland, Iceland, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Brazil, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Iraq, Jordan, Mali, Nepal, Niger