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Guillaume Combot

Saint-Ave, Brittany, France

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Overview

  • 67 Positive References
  • Fluent in French; learning English, German
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • walker-wanderer-pro
  • Good one! (hopefully...)
  • From No such place I would call "home" (but French citizen).
  • Profile 60% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Crossing titan on foot

ABOUT ME

Passion: my passion is people and my hobby is adventure. (20000km.com)

I used to be : very serious about stuff, paratrooper (French army), monk (Benedictine monastery, 1 year Canada), mountain shepherd (France), tree planter (Canada), wanderer (Russia-Mongolia-China-South Asia...), dead bodies collector (Sumatra), world savior (NGO worker :"logistic manager" / World Vision Sumatra), student in forest management, biology, philosophy (currently : sociology, anthropology and evolutionary psychology).I use to be interested in theology and spirituality (very much) but with the time I became more interested in sciences stuffs.

"spirituality": no more believes but instead, a profound acceptation of being a being (= nothing? / a living being!) among other being, species. I want life to be precious, thus I like to squeeze it to drink its magic taste, to contemplate its mysteries, being consumed by my dreams, I want to live it to the fullest and even more.

character: I m a calm and pretty happy boy, I like as much laughing than silence. I'm not into party and noisy events. I find party-disco too noisy, smoky and difficult places to create nourishing interaction... (I don't smoke and don't like the taste of alcohol)

I sometime hesitate to use the CS because : - I'm vegan: it's not a religion* : I have eaten so much crap the last decade while wandering, I feel now the need to compensate and since 2/3 of my meals are made of oats, it's easier, healthier and even cheaper. (*When I'm invited on the road I'm eating everything, and I don't take things too seriously). Maybe would you be one of those wonderful (and extremely rare) humans who could easily accept to see their host eating something else without feeling offended...

- I like and I really need to sleep early, sleeping makes me pretty much happy !

PHILOSOPHY

Being present, questioning my certitudes, ego mastering

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I do not snore and I am a good boy, really!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

As every system, Couch-Surfing has its limits:

■ Since I do travel to encounter different perception of the world I find embarrassing to have to choose among profiles suppose to fit my criteria. I don't see the point of traveling in order to end up with people who like what I like, who believe in what I believe and even who share the same values than me. The flip side of that system: I also find embarrassing to meet people who expect their host to think on the same way they do. (On the other hand I do understand that people travel for different reasons than looking for different people/world's perception.).

■ Globally the Couch-surfing system merely represent a very restricted portion the western culture imitated by many from other part of the world -since it is sadly perceived as a sign of higher social status-: the "backpaker culture" which globally remains the same everywhere (globally the same values, goals and perception of human nature). Of course variation appears from one place to another but they are too restricted to really represent the richness of human diversity and culture differences. One need to choose between traveling to comfort our moral opinion of our values and the curiosity to explore other way of thinking.

■ Couch surfing doesn't really fit into a non-organized way to travel, profile reading and filling request is a sedentary business. I wish we could invent more spontaneous way to interact with locals. Improving the references features could solve that problem as welcome should work with trust and thus level of respect of maturity.

- It should be maybe written somewhere that we should not surf/travel if we are not 100% self-sufficient, a couch (trust) is precious and rare enough... (Because it is difficult to pass behind some guys that confuse CS with hostels).

Interests

I'm travelling to meet people. I'm looking for people daily-life not for extraordinary or exotic stuffs. A good place is for me a place with interesting human interaction, other things are much less important for me.

Art-culture: I'm more interested in people's heart than what they are creating or thinking. One can paint beauty with one hands and selfishness with the other, one can also talk about "humanism" "harmony" or "tolerance" while condemning what doesn't fit into their moral system. I'm touched and impressed by the art of living: empathetic behavior, human warmth, trust, generosity, community involvement, and the most valuable : perpetual self-questioning, vulnerability, the ability to ask for forgiveness, because those are truly rare and above all fecund and source of personal and social flourishing.

Sacred traveling's rules have been made to be broken: I'm not very much into old-new-famous-historical-sacred... building, places, bars, not even cities... I have sick tendency to fall asleep in museums, and "cultural places" and to get deadly bored with cliché and "extra-ordinary" stuff. I'm looking for intensity, I find it in the authenticity of the ordinary, in the daily routine.

Political view: I'm writing about that because of my experiences, my "alternative" life style and humanistic projects people often expect me to share and confirm some popular beliefs about the world or human nature. It might help to avoid these embarrassing situation and probably some disappointment for my host. I do believe very much in ecology, community involvement, sustainable development, resources sharing -but- I'm not into new age stuff since I do not see societies as a problem, but as a solution. I do not believe that humans are (or were) perverted by money, neither in (anymore)) in the myth of the "Noble Savage" vs. "bad westerner". I don't consider that things are getting worst but rather the opposite. I don't see science the so called "mechanistic view of the world" as something cold, dark or dangerous, but as the opposite: as a source of harmony, empathy. "Civilization" is for me about empathy, cooperation, tolerance the opposite would be "individualism". You could find more here: rscmovement.org (The world might survived without this website... but it'll be tough!)

Music, Movies & Books

Music: I like calm music, but I do also enjoy (prefer?) silence...

books: - the blank slate, Steven Pinker: the most challenging book I never read. A book that defies many modern western beliefs, the one that are so deeply rooted in our culture, that are forbidden to question). I'm right now interested in evolutionary psychology, anthropology, ethic and personal development topics.

Movies : as it is in heaven, Le survenant (an old fear and an hope) Apocalypse Now (exploring the darkness) Lord of the Ring (would dream to cross the Mordor...), into the wild (an happy end) the silence (an old fantasy), the road (an exiting world)

forgot: I love dark and sarcastic humor! (Shaun of the Dead)

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Knowing you?

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you how to cook ice... Or to walk, I'm very good at it...

Countries I've Visited

Canada, China, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Jordan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, France, Indonesia, Luxembourg

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