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Matthew
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia · Member since November 2011
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I’m a teacher of ESL. I don’t preface greetings to people with ‘Hey’.

I'm monolingual but aware that most of the world's people run on different software from mine. I am good at getting the gist. And giving it, of course.

I came to Airbnb seeking alternatives to expensive, bland hotels and loneliness when in strange places abroad.

Interested in everything. I can listen as well as talk to most kinds of people.

I dislike most forms of popular culture, mainly because of the noise.

When in a strange city I look for a quiet room with a clean bed, minimal light leakage at night, a swimming pool or gym, botanical gardens or green space, a library, an art gallery, fresh food, local fleamarkets and protection from the weather.

Most people would describe me as quiet, but able to entertain with strong and unconventional opinions when asked for them.

I expect my tidiness and calmness would be received well in most establishments.

One quote of many possible:
HAROLD: You sure have a way with people.
MAUDE: Well, they're my species.

Sometimes I'm Harold, other times I'm Maude.

Some of my cultural heroes (the internationally known ones rather than my parochial Australian ones) may help you to get a fix:
Pasolini
Zizek
Sloterdijk
W S Burroughs
Haneke
Caravaggio
Denton Welch
John Cheever
Schopenhauer
Aldo Leopold
Hemingway
Paul Klee

and there are many others.