I am a Canadian, living in Paris. I arrived over a year ago. Since then I've been studying french, travelling around Europe one week or weekend at a time. Such a different kind of travel. In Canada it takes forever to change the scenery, the country is so big. Here you can pop over to germany for three days if you like. I've been drawing and painting. I've been watching movies and making dinners and walking everywhere. I've been the tourist. I've been the local. I've been to bars and clubs and wine bars and parties and volleyball practise. Paris is starting to feel more and more like home even if a big part of what I call home is my family and friends back in Canada. I've been teaching english but soon I'll be looking for a job in my field. My french level is finally there. What else can I tell you? I've tried surfing twice in Bretagne (love this part of france!) and although I have not learned to stand yet, I am in love. I have yet to snowboard in the alps but maybe this winter.
I love hearing peoples stories. I like to share mine. This is one reason I love airbnb and couch surfing. When I travel I like to stay with locals, people who know the place I am visiting. They give you insight, share the secrets of a place that are often only revealed to an inhabitant over time. When you have a host who loves where they live, you benefit from that love and it is often passed on to you. Often, when staying in hotels, we remain on the outside looking in when visiting a place. With airbnb and canapesurfing you can connect with new people in an intimate environment, their homes. That is really something very cool. We are given the opportunity to trust in people we have never met. We are given the opportunity to share our passion for where we live.
If I had to choose one life motto I would say, let it go and leave it better than you found it if you can