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I used to be very bad at socializing, maybe because I stopped school at 13, but now I love meeting new people and I realize the fundamental importance of a social life.
I do stand up and I'm a comedy writer. For now I mostly write for a few satirical websites in French and English. I also wrote a humor book in French that I'm pretty sure no more than ten people have read.
I lived in Paris for two years and then spent most of 2018 in Canada, followed by a very slow year back home in Brussels in 2019. In 2020, after switching from one vague plan to another, I decided to go spend an indefinite amount of time in Austin, although it seems I am now first spending some time in Mexico :)
I'm sort of in a perpetual conflict with myself but I feel like I've become better at handling my mind. I want to be serious about my career but also focus on new experiences without knowing exactly what's going to happen. I'm trying to somehow combine both. I also realize more and more the importance of people, friendships and family. Once in a while it reassures me to remember that, ultimately, it's the most important thing.
I'm big on self-improvement (or at least the idea of it!), whether it's about becoming a better person, a more fulfilled individual, or getting better at my craft(s). I've also been giving increasing importance to meditation!
If you want a small intimate insight into who I am (or rather, who I was in the summer of 2018), you can listen to this episode of a podcast I was on while I was hitchhiking across Canada: https://www.thruherepod.com/episodes/2019/2/24/mathieu
Reach out and let's meet! Seriously, just send me a message.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Initially, I signed up because I was having trouble finding accomodation that allowed underage travelers when I went to NYC at 16. Didn't end up surfing but the website really helped me become more social when I was around 17. And then I had some of the best experiences using couchsurfing while traveling.
I couchsurfed in a bunch of places, mostly Northern Europe and North America but also Iran.
I hosted a small number of people while living in Montreal and I loved it!
I'm unable to host at the moment but I'm excited at the prospect :)
Everything comedy-related, non-fiction books about a variety of things.
I'm interested in feeling things, by having new experiences that will make me feel things more intensely or sensations I don't usually feel - either because they'll make me feel happy, lonely, weird, or something else. It can sometimes just be meeting people in a new city.
I enjoy long talks about everything as well as personal talks that you feel like you're not supposed to be having with someone you've just met and yet you are.
- wild camping
- honest conversation
- non fiction books
Music, Movies, and Books
On my shelves, you'll find a bunch of non-fiction books that I've read or would like to read at some point. I'm on Goodreads! https://www.goodreads.com/mcboumal
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Busking with my ukulele in Teheran
Taking the night train between Saint-Petersburg and Moscow
Seeing absolutely no light while camping out near the beach in Big Sur
Attending the coolest book fair in France as a co-author
Living in Edinburg for less than three months and failing to find a job
Moving to Canada, slowly realizing I shouldn't be with my girlfriend anymore, and growing so much in just a few months
Volunteering at the Just for Laughs festival
Hitchhiking across Canada from Saguenay to Vancouver
Experiencing true friendship and beautiful platonic love.
Eh, I guess I'll add romantic love too.
Whoopsies, this says "one thing", it was supposed to be an exercise in pithiness.
Teach, Learn, Share
I don't know much, guys. Seriously, I sometimes get scared at the fact that I have almost no skills. I play a tiny bit of the ukulele. I spoke Dutch as a kid and forgot most of it. That being said, I'm in the process changing that and I look forward to seeing what life will bring me :)
I want to learn more around creativity, languages, sports, and anything else really. I'd like to be more of a generalist and learn different sets of skills (and save my daughter from sex traffickers hehe). There's an amazing book about the benefits of this, called 'Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World'.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I like to cook although I doubt I'm particularly good at it; I make scrambled eggs with avocado and stuff like that.
And I guess I can sort of remember how to make a mug cake?
I might bring some Belgian stuff from back home if logistics allow.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Palestine, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, Canada, France, United Kingdom