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Hello there! My name is Kexin Shen and I am right now a college student double majoring in physics and visual arts in the US.
I grew up in Ningbo, a beautiful coastal city in China with the most delicious yet the most simply-cooked seafood in the world. My parents took me to travel a lot when I was a kid, and I found myself constantly enjoying meeting different people and being amazed by the majesty of nature.
Since then I started to travel with my friends and by myself, hoping to set foot on every corner of the earth, and if space travel and time travel allow, every place in the universe in different time periods as well.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I started Couchsurfing when I traveled with my amazingly cool best friend Carol winter 2021 around the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico by nothing but hitchhiking and CouchSurfing. Thanks to 21 kindhearted drivers and 4 enthusiastic hosts who made our over 1300 km journey absolutely enjoyable and made me fall in love with this vibrant way of travel.
I enjoy Couchsurfing because I love to spend time with amazing locals, hear each other's stories, and learn about each other's culture. I also love how Couchsurfing connects me with like-minded travelers from the global community, opening a door for lifelong friendships.
p.s. I have a sketchy YouTube travel channel --> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo5hRJe6ArEmNq3X4bvNFaA
- ballroom dancing
Music, Movies, and Books
Favorite music artists: Hins Cheung, Terry Lim
Favorite visual artists: Henry Martisse, M. C. Escher, Núria Pompeia, Woomin Kim, Claude Monet, 徐渭; generally a BIG BIG fan of visual arts
Favorite movies: Harry Potter, Marvel Movies, Titanic, My Octopus Teacher, Clarkson’s Farm…
Favorite shows: La Casa de Papel, How I Met Your Mother, Friends, The Big Bang Theory, The Good Place…
Favorite books: Educated (by Tara Westover), A Man Called Ove (by Fredrik Backman), The Three-Body Problem (by Cixin Liu 刘慈欣), 余华、莫言, The Count of Monte Cristo
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I had a collection of every pebble that got stuck under my shoes while I was running. It was interesting to see how the pebbles are of the same size as they fit exactly within the spacing between the ridges.
Teach, Learn, Share
① I began to learn Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy ever since I was a kid and am still practicing it today. I have been volunteering to teach kids in rural primary schools Chinese painting every summer since 2016. And I would love to teach anyone who's interested in it to have a taste of what it's like.
② I am no master in crocheting but I crocheted a few stuffed dulls and a sweater that I am very proud of. I can also show anyone who's interested how to crochet like your grandma or just share the experience.
③ if you want to learn some physics behind phenomena, well that’s my expertise
① I am very interested in all kinds of dance (Salsa, Samba, Waltz) and thus look forward very much to learning/dancing some
② Your story, your culture, your way of living
Share: Chinese food, my artworks and some thoughts on arts, and lots of fun personal stories.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belize, Brazil, China, Colombia, El Salvador, France, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, United States