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Jim Beam

Blarney, Cork, Ireland

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Overview

  • 192 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Irish, Spanish
  • 104, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Voyager -Happy Permaculture Gardener...
  • ...ongoing...
  • From now WHY would I want to grow up?
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Finding the Craic between the Jigs and the Reels...

ABOUT ME

I live by the bright side of the road... concocting beverages from all kinds of amazing plant allies...

PHILOSOPHY

Tóg é go bog é =)

The Best Things in Life Are FREE!!!

Tous les jours à tous points de vue je vais de mieux en mieux...

La Vita è BELLA =D

A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va a acabar!

Carpe diem...

May All Beings Be HaPpY!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting, guesting, meetings & gatherings...

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Have been a member of CouchSurfing & Hospitality Club since summer 2006. I've made great friends and met lots of really fantastic people who have enriched my traveling experience. Most of my experiences have been positive. On the negative I've had guests who I've gone out of my way for and got nothing back in return not even a thank-you email - but these are rare!My first guests were 3 Spanish cyclists: Toni, Francisco & Anna - I met them from the bus and drove them and their bikes to my house and cooked them dinner. The following night we had a bbq with two more HC members from Germany. A few months later I was passing through Seville on my way to Morocco and the same Spanish met me from the bus - brought me & 3 mates back to their flat and had prepared beautiful tapas for us. They let us sleep there for the night and drove us to the first bus going to Algiceras at 6AM! SORTED =D

My wonderful guests and hosts (includes Hospitality Club, HelpX, BeWelcome & Warm Showers): Libby - Tasmania, Australia Lachlan & Callum - Western Australia Viera - Stara Lubovna, Slovakia Sylvie - Urville-Nacqueville, France Tanja - Saarbruecken, Germany Marie - Neuvic, France Alex - St Petersburg, Russia Malina - All Over Eoin - Sneem, Kingdom of Kerry Jonathan & Alyssa - Washington State, USA Lann - Montreal, Canada Neil - Dublin, Ireland Carlos & Thibaut - Brasil & France Barbara - Zurich, Switzerland Simon (return visit) & Kasia - Clara, Co Offaly & Poland Siggi & Justyna - Iceland & Poland Gemma - Catalunya Alan - Rockchapel, Cork, Ireland Machi & Gabi - Buenos Aries, Argentina Elsa - Elvas, Portugal Mark - Glasgow, Scotland Cécile, Albert & Jerome - France Maren - Frankfurt, Germany Kate & Helena - Kolin, Czech Pascaline et Charlotte - France Sofi & Madalena - Wales & Portugal Dieter - Ulm, Deutchland Yohan - Noirt, France Nadia - Toulouse, France Jean-Jaques et Monique - Bretagne Alec & Caitlin - Toronto, Canada Julien (2nd visit), Philippe and Nick - France & USA Silvia - Roma, Italia David & Emily - USA Brigid - Cape Town, South Africa Addie & Ayden - USA Christian - Kinsale, Ireland Veronique - Bessancourt, France Justine & Konstantin - Stuttgart, Germany Christiane - Marseille, France Barbara - Pau, France Kenny - Seattle, USA Christine - Toulouse, France Sue - Montreal, Canada Virág - Pomaz, Hungary Ronnie - Taulov, Denmark Anna - Kaliningrad, Russia Natalie - Melbourne, Australia Chris - Ohio, USA Emeline - Nice, France Gaelle - Brittany, France Cat & Erica - USA Petra & Peter - Austria & Netherlands Laureen - Niort, France Chris - Republic of Seattle via Donegal Victoria - Belfast, Ireland (return visit) Leandra - Trier, Germany Evgeny & Dima - St Petersburg, Russia Katerina - Praha, Czech Republic Rayna - Vancouver, Canada Ashley - New York, USA Alexis - Alsace, France Julien - Bretagne, France Ketao - Shandong, China Tom and Helen - Bretagne, France Angelo & Giuliana - Sardinia, Italia Fenja - Westphalia, Germany Amélie - Toulouse, France Magda - Warsaw, Poland (2nd visit) Breige and Frank - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand Michaël et Jean - Paris, France Terence - Minnesota, USA Eli and Sharon - North Bohemia, Czech Republic Julie - Montreal, Canada Genia - Osnabruck, Germany Lauren - Florida/Colorado, USA (2nd visit) Brynn - Brighton, England Lauren - Florida/Colorado, USA Anna - Adelaide, Austraia Manuele - Roma, Italy (return visit) Paul - Brisbane, Australia Julie - Dingle, Ireland (return visit) Céline - Paris, France Patricia - Malaga, España Benny - Kilkenny, Ireland Johanna - Feldkirch, Austria Judy - Dingle, Kerry, Ireland Vic - Dingle, Kerry, Ireland Javi - Ronda, España Gosia - Gdansk, Poland Kim - Seoul, South Korea Dwight - Gold Coast, Australia Sandor - Budapest, Magyar Maria - Мoscow, Russia Dima - Brooklyn, USA Julien - Fribourg, Switzerland AgaK - Warszawa, Poland (return visit) Ayden - California, USA Vincent - Capetown, South Africa Matthieu - France Nick & Jasmin - Germany Eva - Sweden Céline - Paris, France Luke & Gautier - France Jessica & Fergal - Dundalk, Ireland Bashka - Praha, Czech Republic Christiane & Brandy - Ohio, USA Emily - California, USA Niki, Eamon & Amile - Berlin Marta - Riga, Latvia Rory & Danielle - Hawaii Birute + 2 friends - Vilnius, Lithunia Magda & Ania - Warszawa, Poland Marie - Clare, Ireland Desmond & TT - Tampines, Singapore Lana & Vesna - Ljubljana, Slovenia Masha & Tomasz - Ljubljana, Slovenia Bill - Seattle, USA Yuliya - Boston, USA Brett - Alberta, Canada Anthea - Tasmania, Australia Christiano - Faro, Portugal Stéphanie & Martin - Rhône-Alpes, France Monica & Pere - Barcelona, Spain Uri & Ifat - Israel Katka, Xana & Veronika - Dubnany, Czech Republic Nicole & Markus - Dresden, Germany Toni, Francisco & Anna - Sevilla, Spain

Super HOSTS so far: Maria - Gondomar, Galiza Jota y Lupe - Vigo, Galiza Mariely - Ponteverde, Galiza Estrela - Illa de arousa, Galiza Xesús y Lori - Santiago, Galiza Bea y Natalia - Burgos, España Victor - Pamplona, España Mikel - San Sebastian, Basque Jean-Marc - Bayonne, Basque Chantal - Léon, Acquitane, France Patrick - Biscarronne, France Rachel - Audenge, France Anik - Rochefort, France Lioc - La Rochelle, France Sam - La Vanneau, Marais de Poitivin, France Joseph - Sables-d'Olonne, France Alexis - Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez, France Fanny et Tancrède - La Plaine-sur-Mer, France Damien - Nantes, France Véro et Jacky - Nantes, France Gaël & Mathilde - Plessé, Bretagne, France Edwige - Redon, Bretagne, France Jacques - Redon, Bretagne, France Pierre-Louis - Rennes, Bretagne, France Marie - St Malo, Bretagne, France Zoe - Avanches, Normandie, France Jacqui - Carteret, Normandie, France Nicholas & Noelle - Cherbourg, Normandie, France Jim - Beara, West Cork Chin Ling - Dublin, Ireland Jimmy & Judy - Co Sligo, Ireland Mike & Yvonne - Oughterard, Co Galway, Ireland Pierce - Cork, Ireland Gemma - Palma, Mallorca, España James - Cork, Ireland Simon - Clara, Co Offaly, Ireland Alan - Rockchapel, Cork, Ireland Izzy - Kinsale, Cork, Ireland Stephan - Bristol, England Mark - Bristol, England Andrew & Claire - Cwmcarvan, Wales Jon & Sylvia - Bracon, Wales Paula - Dingle, Kerry, Ireland Iris - Allihees, West Cork, Ireland Csilla & Séan - Monachil, Andalusia, España Allana & Austin - Granada, Andalusia, España Patricia & Cian - Malaga, Andalusia, España (return visit) Ian & Sally - Malaga, Andalusia, España Mike - Macroom, Weshhht Cork, Ireland Fiona - Ballydehob, Weshhht Cork, Ireland Jimmy & Judy - Ballymote, Ireland Gaia - Dunfanaghey, Ireland Brian - Letterkenny, Ireland John - Derry, Ireland Rosaline - Downhill, Derry, Ireland (2nd visit) Victoria - Belfast, Ireland (2nd visit) Trevor - Gort, Co Galway, Ireland Chris - Dublin, Ireland (return visit) Mehmet - Istanbul, Turkey Serdar & Ibrahim - Izmir, Turkey Mehmet & Ibrahim - Selçuk, Turkey Onur - Istanbul, Turkey Jim - Dublin, Ireland Carlene - Derry, Ireland Victoria - Belfast, Ireland (2nd visit) Isabel - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal Teresa(13A) & Mariana - Lisboa, Portugal Zizzey - Cloonee, Westport, Ireland Sophia - Oughty, Westport, Ireland Jan - Ahakista, West Cork, Ireland Victoria - Belfast, Ireland Rosaline - Downhill, Derry, Ireland Holly - Castle Cove, Kerry, Ireland Dean - Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland Miranda - West Cork, Ireland Jim - Dublin, Ireland Robbie - Waterford, Ireland Grant - Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland Eli - Wexford, Ireland Sayano - Granada, España Sue - Granada, España René - Cordoba, España Tomas - Praha, Czech Bashka - Praha, Czech (return visit) Susy - Langedoc, France Julie - Dingle, Ireland Bobby - Kenmare, Ireland Niki - Berlin, Deutchland Navi - Berlin, Deutchland Manuele - Ostia Antica, Roma, Italia Nathalie - Roma, Italia Monica & Pere - Barcelona, Spain (return visit) Emile - Galway, Ireland Petra - Praha, Czech Republic Katka - Brno, Czech Republic Katka & Xana - Dubnany, Czech Republic (return visit) Anna - Praha, Czech Republic AgaK - Warszawa, Poland (2nd time) Magda - Warszawa, Poland Olia - Warszawa, Poland AgaK - Warszawa, Poland Patryk - Kraków, Poland Francisco & Anna - Sevilla, Spain (return visit) Arthur - Kerry, Ireland Cecilie & Jonas - Copenhagen, Denmark Maura & Frank - Darrien Gap, Panama

GATHERINGS: Barley Cove, West Cork - April 2011 Dingle Walking Festival - February 2011 New Years Eve, Istanbul - December 2010 Porto-Gaia City Tour, Portugal - October 2010 Comeragh mountains hike, Ireland - August 2010 North Coast Summer-Solstice Roadtrip, Ireland - June 2010 CS Summercamp, Wicklow, Ireland - September 2009 Oceansurfing weekend, Waterford Ireland - August 2009 Kilcrohane Music festival, Cork, Ireland - April 2009

Interests

Making compilation CDs for any hosts good enough to host me =D

The Island of Ireland: a green and magical place: the People, cities, towns, villages, countryside, accents, features, history, geography, mythology, pubs, festivals, beers, whiskeys, language, music, ocean & sea, rivers, islands, swimming in the sea, exploring, getting off the beaten track, sessions, lock-ins, nuttiness, joking, taking the piss, jigs, reels, hornpipes, slow-airs ... sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, experiences ... the CRAIC!!

Organic Gardening, Permaculture, Self-Sufficiency, Photography (Film & Digital), Kayaking (Sea & River), Sailing, Cycling (Commuting & Touring), Camper Vans, Building Stuff, Everything Al Fresco...

Snorkeling, Hurling (Fastest and MOST exciting field sport on the planet!), Magic, Nature, Silence, Peace, Yoga, Buddhism, Mediation, Print-making, Painting, Drawing & Art in all kinds of mediums, trees, walking barefoot in sacred places, walking on deserted beaches at dawn especially after a storm...

Glorious Dawns and Sunsets...

GOOD quality drink - Water (best drink on the planet), TEAS (all kinds), Kombucha, Natural Juices, Wine, Cider, Beer, Mead, Rum, Whiskey, Whisky, Vodka, Calvados, Brandy...

fungi, medicinal plants, crystals, camping on deserted islands, adventuring, second hand shops, Tibetan singing bowls, musical instruments, flea markets, watching plants grow, sustainability....making new friends, seeing and experiencing new places

I love discovering new dishes especially local, regional ones. I can knock up a good tasty meal in 30 mins and love to use organic homegrown vegetables... FOOD! GLORIOUS FOOD!

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway

Music, Movies & Books

"Music has charm to soothe a savage breast"

I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT MUSIC !! I NEED A SOUNDTRACK FOR LIVING...

Electric Gypsyland, Brian Eno, Rodriguez, Van Morrison

Dylan, Cash, Cohen, Waits, Marley, Springsteen, Reed, Hendrix, Presley, Berry, Lynott, Cave, Eno, Bowie ... Björk, Polly Jean, Patti, Sinéad, Ella, Billie, Etta, Kate, Dinah, Aretha, Janis, Sandy, Joni, Emmy Lou, Lucinda, Patsy, Nina, Amy, Madeline Peyroux, Emiliana Torrini, Karin Dreijer Andersson, Liz Frasier, Joan as Police Woman, Hope Sandoval, Lisa Gerrard, Lucinda Williams... Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Django Reinhardt, Rory Gallagher, Mississippi John Hurt, Solomon Burke, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Dr John, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Séamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Martin Hayes, Gram Parson, Doc Watson, Hank Williams, Jimme Rogers, Bo Diddley, Lee Perry, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sidney Bechet, Slim Harpo, Nick Drake, Tim & Jeff Buckley, Augustus Pablo, Stevie Wonder, ... Pink Floyd, Beatles, Alabama 3, Faithless, Leftfield, Underworld, the Orb, Gogol Bordello, The Grateful Dead, Calexico, Kíla, Radiohead, Afro Celt Soundsystem, Pogues, Opa Cupa, Golem!, Chieftains, Clancy Brothers, Massive Attack, Sigur Rós, The KLF, Portishead, Cocteau Twins, The Knife, Fever Ray, Planxty, Waterboys, Byrds, Doors, Velvet Underground, Zeppelin, Zappa, Stereolab, The Besnard Lakes, Kinobe, Joy Division, Spacemen 3, Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers, Cinematic Orchestra, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Stones, Max Romeo, U2, REM, Stone Roses, Cramps, Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Green on Red, Blondie, Grappelli, Easy Star All-Stars, Zion Train, Dreadzone, Eat Static, Ozric Tentacles, Prodigy, Aphex Twin, The Band, the Temptations, B52's, AC/DC, Hayseed Dixie, Four Men and a Dog, Cowboy Junkies, Blonde Redhead, The Roots, The Stranglers... local bands ... Arvo Pärt, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Ludovico Einaudi, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Górecki ...

Rock n Roll, Folk, Ethnic, Trad, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Country, Gypsy, Soul, Classical, Reggae, World, Cajun, Rockabilly, Motown, Manouche, International, Soundtracks ...

Please bring me music from your own country something I've never heard before

Books - good stories told well and anything that can teach - history, culture, gardening, sustainability My last few books: "The Earth Care Manual" by Patrick Whitefield, "The Moneyless Man" by Mark Boyle, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, "La sombra del viento/The Shadow of the Wind" Carlos Ruiz Zafón, "Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle"(in 1963) by Dervla Murphy... "Meeting the Other Crowd" by Séanachaí Eddie Lenihan "the Artist Way" by Julia Cameron

Movies - anything with a good story, told well - Jeunet, Scorsese, Hitchcock, Miyazaki, Cohens, Wenders, Lynch, Tarantino ... Good Documentaries by Pilger, TG4, Surplus, Baraka... Films with a great soundtrack & cinematography

I DON'T / CAN'T WATCH TV ! TOO MANY STUPID ADVERTS TOO OFTEN !! KILL YOUR TV !!! THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX !!!!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Leaving Ireland on my bicycle "Saoirse" via ferry for France to follow the sun for the winter -> Basque -> Santiago de Compostella -> Algarve -> Catalunya -> France: Sept '14 - March '15 - amazing people, landscapes and hosts along the way - 6000km in 6 months.. Saving my 2 year old God-daughters life when a rogue/freak wave tried to take her...Driving up the west coast of Ireland in my van - from Skibbereen to Malin Head - sleeping by beaches, eating, drinking and laughing to the sound of the ocean and good tunes - 10 days 1000 miles and 10 mins of rain - Mediterranean conditions in June 2009 - hooray for unpredictable Irish weather and good company2 x 10 Day Vipassana Meditation course - living like a Buddhist monk for 10 whole days and learning to meditate...206 mile MaraCycle from Dublin to Belfast and back for a Peace charitySailed from Galway to Cork on the Asgard II tallship - seeing Éire from the sea...Kayaked from Coral beach, Connemara to Inis Mór camped there over-night and kayaked back the next day and lots more sea-kayaking trips - lots to deserted islandsChatting with Bono for 10 minutes after a Bob Dylan concert - he signed a Dylan poster I'd found: "Dylan is the main man, some need no side roads! Bono '89" and then helping to push-start his friend Gavin Friday's beat-up Harley =) Rock N Roll!!the stickiest situation since sticky the stick insect got stuck on a sticky bun!!!Every Beautiful Sunrise & Sunset... I think to myself,what a WONDERFUL WORLD...

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach gardening, herbalism, web development, photography, anything AppleMac

Want to learn more about herbalism and holistic medicines

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States

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