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Oli Broom

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

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Overview

  • 7 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Italian, Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Adventurer / Writer
  • University
  • From London
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I've just finished a 25,000km solo bicycle expedition - now I'm writing a book about it

ABOUT ME

I am relaxed and easy-going - ambitious and driven though. In October 2009 I set off to cycle from London to Brisbane. For any cricket fans out there, I am cycling to The Ashes, which starts in November 2010. During my journey I'll play, promote or teach cricket in every country I cycle through, and raise $200,000 for two UK based charities close to my heart.

For the last 5 years I've been working in London, and before that I studied French and Spanish at uni in Durham, UK.

PHILOSOPHY

I like this quite and try to live life by it: "Don't follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I am seeking sofas to surf all through Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Upon my return, it would be cool to return the favour.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've slept on lots of floors and sofas in recent years, from India to Australia, from Morocco to Hungary. Since leaving London on my bike I've slept in ditches, on beaches, in mosques, churches, police stations and at army checkpoints. Your floor will be a luxury! Meeting new people when travelling is one of the greatest pleasures....

Interests

exploring new cities, sport, friends and family, foreign cinema, most music but mainly folk, indie and jazz, red wine, cycling I suppose, cricket, travel, writing.

Music, Movies & Books

Films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Amelie, Huevos de Oro, In The Mood for Love, loads more.

Books - The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, and anything by F Scott Fitzgerald, Into the Wild, The Places in Between, The Alchemist, A Finer Balance, adventure stories....

Music - Beirut, Fanfarlo, Bright Eyes, Story One, Anthony and the Johnsons, Arcade Fire, CYHSY, Josh Ritter, Bon Iver, Mystery Jets, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, Django Rheinhardt, loads of stuff.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Lots over the past year....the trip of a lifetime.

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