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Overview

  • 27 references 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish, Swahili
  • 54, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Teacher
  • Post-grad
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About Me

ABOUT ME

I've been living overseas for 20 years, working as a teacher. I'm a vegetarian and have been for a loooong time. I love travelling, books, the sea.

PHILOSOPHY

I'm wary of philosophies.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've hosted a few people so far and enjoyed them all.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've hosted most and had a great time with everybody.

Interests

Travel, literature, animals. I love the sea, and have dived in some cool places. I've done some sailing and would love to do more. I love books and love people who love books; and people who love to talk about books. I also enjoy Latin dancing but I'm not very good! I play the piano and like to get drunk and sing songs.

  • animals
  • books
  • literature
  • dancing
  • vegetarian
  • traveling
  • piano
  • sailing

Music, Movies, and Books

I love stories, real or imagined, in literature, in music, in movies. I feel lucky to be a literature teacher as I get to spend most of my days discussing books with curious intelligent kids. I'm always looking for recommendations for new books and love to spend time discussing books. There is so much I like, fiction and non-fiction: Mahfouz, Marquez, Murakami... I like to read travel, history, politics, anthropology,anything as long as it's well-written.One book which inspired me to travel was 'In Patagonia'. Read it.

I'm particulary fond of some movies by Hithcock, Powell and Pressburger, David Lean and Stanley Kubrick. Rear Window, A Matter of Life and Death, and Dr Zhivago are some of my favourite movies. Other faves include Withail and I, Apocalypse Now, I Heart the Huckabees, the Big Lebowski, Monty Python...

As for music, I like most about everything!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Sailed from Zanzibar to South Africa, tripped in the Namib desert, dived in the Galapagos...

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you some piano. I'd like to learn a good veggie recipe to add to my meagre repertoire.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Laos, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Eritrea, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom

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