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"To boldly go where no man has gone before". James T. Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise (Star Trek 1967)
I, like my profile, am constantly evolving......
However, I am a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Teacher. I have been living and working in Ukraine for the last 10 years. I am not a vegetarian, I have no pets, I am a non-smoker and have no allergies that I know about.
"In the long run, what people think of shepards and bakers becomes more important for them than following their own dreams and destinies"
"When you travel, you experience, in a very practicle way the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, many times you don't even understand the language people speak. So you are like a child in the womb. You begin to attach much more importance to the things around you because your survival depends upon them. You begin to become more accessible to others. And you accept any small favour from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember for the rest of your life".
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I started a cycling tour around Europe beginning in March/April 2009 for 6 months. I had no real experience in long distance touring, except that I loved bike riding and use it for my main source of transport when I'm back in the USA visiting family. Unfortunately, I had to end my bike tour in Avignon, France. Since then I have been continuously travelling around with trips in Europe, Asia and now the USA. I enjoy slow travel (did the Camino de Santiago on foot 11 years ago) and I enjoy meeting new people, learning and trying new experiences.
I joined couchsurfing for the most part because I like to meeting locals during my travels. I enjoy the intercultural exchanges, learning something about the areas I'm travelling in, but most of all I like knowing more about the lives of those who live in the areas I travel to. I've had no problems with funding my trip. I don't want to inconvenience anyone or freeload and I AM NOT just looking for a free place to sleep. Although, if I am fortunate enough to have someone host me for a night or let me use their shower, that would be fantistic, a bonus. However, my main objective for participating in the "Couchsurfing experience" is to meet people, have a coffee or a pint of beer and share experiences.
Since my job entails living and working in intersting foreign countries, I plan on repaying the hospitality of my future hosts by hosting members of the "Couchsurfing Community" myself, when my trip is finished and I'm settled in a new locale, possibly Ukraine again.
I look forward to the experience.....
This is my first "Official" couchsurfing experience.
However, 12 years ago I was very fortunate to be invited to stay with someone in France whom I had met at a BBQ while on vacation there. A friend and I were staying in a local hotel. He kindly invited us to stay with him. He was living alone at the time and had plenty of room. At first the idea was strange, being invited to stay with a perfect stranger, but it was the beginning of a life long friendship. A few months later I hosted him and another friend from this same small town in Alsace when they came to the USA for a month. Great time!
Since then he's gotten married to wonderful woman and has had 3 children. I was honoured when I became the Godfather to his son. We are like family now.
Travelling(of course), hiking, biking, weight-training, reading, cooking, good food, wine, conversation, parties, dancing, chatting over coffee and a good pint after a long day.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The Camino de Santiago. Hiking in Northern Italy and Switzerland. Biking from Alsace to Avignon, France.
Teach, Learn, Share
Since I'm an English Teacher I would be happy to help anyone with their English. I am also an official Oral Examiner for some internationally recognised English exams used for Immigration and Universtity entrance requirements, so I could advise if needed. I've been living and working in Ukraine for the last 10 years, so I can share some of my experiences.
"When you teach, you learn".