My name is Sophie, i'm 26 and i live in France. I joined swap-bot.com to enjoy the multiple pleasures of swapping: getting something nice in my mailbox and filling someone else's mailbox with nice things.
I am very tolerant, easy to please and easy-going but even though i love clogs i don't like when things are done mechanically. I like to take time to do things nicely, and also like to receive things done in a similar spirit.
When it comes to listening to music, i am not really complicated to please, i'd listen to anything at least once, and if i don't like it, i'll just switch back to my mp3 player and listen to my favourite tunes without judging anyone else's tastes.
I mostly listen to classical music, renaissance, baroque and medieval. I enjoy music from all ages, early music as i said before but also American music from the forties, British pop from any time in history, Metal and Gothic stuff, some French variety, Asian melodies, Irish folklore, and so on...
I love Icelandic singers and groups, such as BjÃÂ¶rk, Sigur Ros ans Emiliana Torrini and have generally a certain fascination for any northern creation.
A few names to complete the chapter: Loreena McKennitt, The Puppini Sisters, Muse, Abba, Barbara, Austra, Keane, Doris Day, AgnÃÂ¨s Obel, Kate Havnevik, CocoRosie, Florence + the Machine, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap, Sting, Lisa Gerrard, etc
My favourite writer is undoubtedly Virginia Woolf, but i also enjoy many other British writers such as JK Rowling and Kazuo Ishiguro, Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll.
Japanese novels, short stories and essays, French Seventeenth century poetry, i'll read and enjoy anything.
A few of my favourite books are Alice in Wonderland, Olando, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter, etc etc etc...
A list will express more than sentences:
hayao miyazaki, tim burton, walt disney, eugÃÂ¨ne green, lars von trier, woody allen, kieslowski, david lynch, wong kar wai,etc...
Starting to list films themselves would take me into a sleepless night and i would never be fully satisfied with the result as one or two will always be left missing.
I'm not much of a TV-eater. I enjoy series though. My favourite being Doctor Who, followed closely by Torchwood and Twin Peaks.
I must admit that i have been eating a lot of Fringe, Black Books, and The United States of Tara the last few weeks...
My job (ok 'would-be' job) is to write and illustrate stories, so i enjoy drawing and writing an incredible lot.
Watercolour, pencil, but also tablet and computer.
I love to make things. If you give me wood, i'll make boxes, if you give me a key, i'll make a secret box, if you give me fabric, i'll fetch a needle and make a doll or a plush (though ugly looking, but always very touching with their asymmetric eyeballs )
I love fob watches, black tea, white tea, red tea, green tea, smoked tea, tea parties, tea cakes, chocolate, dark, white and in-between, vinegar, pepper, the queen of spades, jackets, the idea of travelling through time and space (aka TARDISes), science-fiction, science, fiction, rainbows, rainbow warriors, moonlight, british things (any british thing), black ink, pencils, paper, etc...
Television, movies and books have this in common that, to me, they are immensely more interesting if i believe that the stories they tell is true. That's why i love the Elves from the Lord of the Rings, the Vulcans from Star Trek, Wizards from Harry Potter, Bene Gesserits from Dune: i, in some odd and hard to explain way, am convinced that i have Vulcanian-Elvish-BeneGesserity-Wizard origins. And that is also why i love Doctor Who so much: because i do believe that the combination of the four above results in being a TimeLord, therefore, i believe to be a TimeLord/Lady myself and i can assure you that you would have a hard time trying to convince me that it is impossible.
I love connecting things, connecting objects with people, connecting smells and ideas, thoughts and songs, connecting words together, trying to make sense out of nonsense, admitting nonsense is bound to remain senseless. I love thinking, building, drawing, pondering, rummaging, assembling, writing, writing, writing, again and again...
I was suggested to add a box containing my absolute favourites, the kind i would be happy to receive as goodies...
Well, who am i to forbid you to add extras to my expected parcels :)
Here are a few ideas, of the non-expensive sort.
First of all, i would really love a few words about you, and a small note explaining briefly why you enclosed what you enclosed :)
If you are from the UK, any thing related to Doctor Who will be brilliant. If you manage to send me a fully functional TARDIS, i'll be in debt forever and cover you in chocolate until your dying day.
...And of course, if you are extremely wealthy and don't know what to do with your money, i will not forbid you to offer me one of the items from the list here :)