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Overview

  • HR and Project Services Manager
  • University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • From Paris
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Sharing and Happiness

ABOUT ME

Travel a lot for work, especially in remote areas.
I don't have much of a social life because of my hectic schedule.
Like to share my love of Paris or France. And enjoy meeting people, discovering new places all around the world.

PHILOSOPHY

Easy going, open minded, like to share good food, and good times with friends or friends of friends.
Do a lot of volunteer and humanitarian activities in Africa. Like to meet new cultures.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Have used my friends or colleagues couch / spare rooms, mainly. Have found myself in unusual situations in remote places ... and yes, I have used mats on the floor, in Africa and Asia.

Interests

Good food, including cooking, cinema, museums, reading and writing ... friends of course, swimming ... and taking naps on a beach.

  • writing
  • books
  • architecture
  • dining
  • cooking
  • gardening
  • shopping
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • swimming
  • agriculture
  • teaching
  • history
  • volunteering
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

Woody Allen films, Out of Africa, The Painted Veil, ... David Lodge, Sommerset Maugham, Jane Austen, Proust ...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Haiti - A humanitarian journey bringing toys, books and computers to children.

After 3 days in the “frying pan” of Port au Prince`s harbour, we finaly managed to clear through customs the containers we shipped from France to Florida, then to Haiti.

With two of my closest friends and committed activists, Marie and Jane, a Haitian and a Canadian, we finally decided to meet Pierre, the Director and Founder of a new Children Home, on the outskirt of the capitale. To reach him, we had to travel onboard a 4 wheel-drive vehicle which has seen better days. The car was so rusty that we thought we would loose parts on the local bumpy roads. This one-hour ride itself could be a whole chapter of a book.

Pierre is a defrocked local Catholic priest, of around 50, with a keen interest in women and a rather obscure past, as described by Sylvie, the President of the Association in charge of some of the humanitarian activities in Haiti.

He welcomes homeless and lost children, from Port au Prince, a city which provides them by lorry loads. Beggars, thieves, drug addicts, rapists, abused children, orphans or not, we met all of these lost souls, each with a different painful story.
Pierre teaches then gardening, farming and agriculture in a sort of an experimental farm which not only feeds them but also provide them with a free therapy and a meaning for their lives.
The children live in a barn, among their tools, seeds and books.

We promised him desks, furniture, more tools and books of course.
How could we resist this charismatic old man?
He promised us he would carry on his role of father, mother and teacher for these children.
At that very moment, I fell in love again with Haiti, like I did 22 years ago during my first trip to this forgotten island of the “Caribbean Paradise” !.

Teach, Learn, Share

Share my knowledge of Paris and France in general (architecture, history, food, shopping, places of interests...).
Cooking French food and other cuisine.
Books and films.
Africa.

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