Maïna Thomas

Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

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  • 13 References 12
  • Fluent in English, French, German
  • 25, Female
  • Member since 2009
  • Working for Arty Farty (Nuits sonores festival)
  • BA in Politics (Maastricht) & 4CITIES MA in Urban studies...
  • From Brittany, France
  • Profile 55% complete

About Me

I am a young French woman that lived in many big European capital and big cities. That's my thing: to move somewhere, settle, get to know the surroundings, my new neighbours - be they the people living in my building or the local shops - get a routine and eventually feel... integrated, to be a part of it. It's been my studies and work that led me to Sheffield, Copenhagen or Brussels. I like it industrial and cold, though people are warm and generous.

I haven't traveled a lot as I am not a big fan of high-paced encounters with new places and people. But now settled in Lyon, I feel the need to get out a little bit and see new horizons. So there're now a few places I'd like to go to : Reykjavik and Iceland, the very North of Scotland, the great cities of Canada and its middle-of-nowheres, New Zealand , Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I used to hitch-hike a lot. I never really asked myself why I did it, it just felt obvious.... I guess it was for me a great way to be and act "young" (or what I believe it is, should be). Indeed, hitching-hiking is about being adventurous, spontaneous, curious, daring... It is also a very good way to meet people and share short, but often intense moments.

This surely explains why I was pleased to discover Couchsurfing and quickly tried/adopted it. I guess I hosted more than I was hosted. I stop couchsurfing a while ago though as I didn't have a stable place myself. Now settled, it's perhaps time to start again.


Among other things, I am pretty fond of....
> Airy, smooth but also rough and raw electronic and experimental music (from ambient, drone to techno, industrial, etc...). A certain degree of subtlety is necessary though...
> Dissecting a city's various areas, understanding how they work, evolve, connect, etc;
> The Ocean, its cliffs, rocks, wind and waves;
> Dancing, cycling;
> Drinking wine till dawn.

Music, Movies, and Books

Favorite Music?
A far too complicated and constricted question... the line up of these festivals may yet give an idea : TodaysArt (The Hague), Denavoli (Essen) or Transient (Paris)... I'd add noise rock or disco classics (I must admit a true weakness for Sister Sledge).

The last books that particularly struck me:
Eureka Street by McLiam Wilson and Lord of the Barnyard by Egolf.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I can't really answer that question.

Teach, Learn, Share

I like people to make me discover their city's intricacies, secrets and also the music that moves them, in a good, positive or negative way.

Countries I’ve Visited

Iran, Turkey

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

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