Sandrine GAULTIER, 34
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Present Country: France, Metropolitan
Join Date: December 9, 2012
Last Updated: March 4, 2018
Last Signed In: May 23, 2018
I saw this trip without any preconceived ideas of what I could do, see or meet.
I'm not afraid to go alone, I find the experience more rewarding.
One of my goals is to improve my English, which is why I prefer not to find myself surrounded by French!
I look forward to meeting many new people while traveling.
And if one of you is interested to share a van with me, let me know! Or if you have a vehicle and you are looking for an easygoing companion to share expenses and emotions, think of me!
Two years ago I decided to quit my job to travel, I had a secure job in Paris but it holds me back from my dreams and I really had to get out of the city. I needed to create the life I wanted to live.
I spent one year living/travelling in New Zealand by doing HelpX and Couchsurfing.
I took time to try different things to figure out what I enjoy, getting to know myself*
Last year I came back to France but I knew I wasn't going to stay there for long.
I made a life-changing decision to leave my comfort zone again, I applied for a second WHV and I just bought a one way ticket.
I'm landing in Melbourne on 3rd April 2015 !
I was a make up artist, eyebrow specialist in Paris but I'm not afraid to get dirty!
My father is a winegrower, this domain is not unknown to me.
I currently have no experience of tending farm animals or working the land, but I am willing to learn.
I especially love the detailed work, I am perfectionist at heart!
I have a creative mind, I enjoy taking care of children and doing activities with them.
Younger I did a lot of babysitting, but also households. I was employed at a campsite on the French Atlantic coast during a summer.
In fact my professional experiences are varied: home agent in a bank, a cashier in a supermarket, a bookstore clerk in a national museum in Paris...
For two years I worked as an accompanist for the "Cie des Wagons-Lits" on night trains in Europe. Like a stewardess but on rail track.
I have always wanted to travel and see as much of the world as I can. (Canada, China, Thailand, Reunion, Morocco, Tunisia, Poland, Czech Republic, ...)
Most of my time I travelled on my own and find it extremely inspiring - you never know what's hidden around the corner in a new town or city.
UPDATE 04 MARCH 2018 :
I'm currently in France with my family but I'll be in Québec before the end of the month ! I'm on a working holiday visa valid until June 2019.
Let me tell you a bit more about me :-)
I'm not a smoker
I love being outdoors close to nature
I'm not into a lot of sports but do love Hiking
Visiting Museums & Art galleries
Wine & Cheese (my parents are wine growers, Have you ever had a glass of "Vouvray"?)
Yoga & Meditation
Live music and festivals
Gandhi said: "Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
So that's what I try to do.
« Veux-tu vivre heureux ? Voyage avec deux sacs, l'un pour donner, l'autre pour recevoir.»
« Do you wish to live happy? Travel with 2 bags, one to give, the other one to receive.»
[Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
* Most of us have no clue what we want to do with our lives. Even after we finish school. Even after we get a job. Even after we're making money.
"What do I want to do with my life?"
"What I am passionate about?"
Part of the problem is the concept of "life purpose" itself.
The idea that we were each born for some higher purpose and it's now our cosmic mission to find it.
But here's the truth.
We exist on this earth for some undetermined period of time. During that time we do things. Some of these things are important. Some of them are unimportant. And those important things give our lives meaning and happiness.
So what I'm actually asking now is :
"What can I do with my time that is important?"