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Overview

  • 17 references 9 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Cebuano, Dutch, French, Icelandic
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2014
  • Environmental Entrepreneur / Research Assistant / Rigger ...
  • International Baccalaureate - University of Glasgow MSci ...
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About Me

"CANNOT HOST NOW AS IN BETWEEN PLACES IN GLASGOW"

I am an Earthling, I live in the Planet Earth. So I try to live in as many places as possible. Without forgetting to live in the present!
I've played rugby and I've played basketball for a long time. And now I'm into kayaking climbing and sailing...
I've been living in the Philippines working in Cebu and Camiguin Norte working with whale sharks, sea turtles and humpback whales respectively.
After 5 months there, I moved to Iceland where I started volunteering for the University of iceland and doing some cetacean photo ID, behaviour and GPS tracking... But, while in Iceland, I started sailing in the Schooners Hildur and Haukur and started falling in love with it, then I worked in the rigging of Opal, another Schooner, and we sailed her to Greenland... This whole time related with those ships really changed my life.
Currently MSci in Zoology student in the University of Glasgow, doing a placement in Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, and prospective Bosun!

Lived the cold dream in Vancouver, sailing weekly and climbing daily. Lived the cold and rainy dream in Glasgow again. And now living the warm wet dream in Beaufort, North Carolina... Because, toda la vida es sueño y los sueños, sueños son (See Calderon de la Barca).

Sailing, rigging, boatbuilding, the Sea and its Wildlife are my passions.

I am slightly bad at following common conventions and I am very direct and genuine, which can be either good or bad!

PHILOSOPHY

Anarchism does NOT mean mess and disorder.
The goal in life, at least for me is get to understand the meaning of freedom, and happiness, dreams come true if you pursue them, and an overarching pursue of the present moment is key for my existence. Equanimity and inner peace is my goal.
Besides, the pursuit of happiness is really scary but you only have to take the step and then make the effort to reach it. And this can only be done by internal search, reaching equanimity is the big goal.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Because of the same reason many others are, traveling is beautiful and meeting people from around the world goes with it.

I want to know the word Butterfly in all the languages that my brain can't stand, looking for one as good as Pimpilipauxa. (basque) or Parvané (Farsi)

Understanding will lead to peace, so to be able to understand other people and other cultures you gotta travel the world and host people from all over the world!
I also want to meet people and know their stories, everyone is defined by the stories that that person has lived. I love listening to different stories and different backgrounds,

Interests

Climbing, Nature and marine life.
Sailing and rigging. Boatbuilding in general.
I am really into animal world, specially into Marine Biology and Marine Mammal Biology.
Also I am particularly interested in photography and documentary filming, specially underwater.
Scuba diving, snorkelling, freediving, riding bikes and skiing and sailing!

  • wildlife
  • books
  • photography
  • documentaries
  • cooking
  • vegan
  • meditation
  • gardening
  • traveling
  • knitting
  • music
  • cycling
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • basketball
  • rugby
  • languages
  • marine science
  • volunteering
  • ocean
  • mushrooms
  • climbing
  • marine biology
  • love
  • happiness
  • marine mammals
  • vegan cooking
  • climbing trees
  • marine life
  • magic the gathering
  • foraging
  • marine conservation
  • edible plants
  • sailling
  • medicinal plants
  • mushrooming
  • kayak
  • mushroom picking
  • mushroom hunting
  • medicinal herbs
  • carving
  • climbing mountains
  • seaweeds
  • climbing,
  • mushroom foraging
  • mushroom growing
  • plant-based diet
  • seaweed foraging

Music, Movies, and Books

Ska, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Funky,Rock, Folky music and almost any live music.
Being more specific...
Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the Gang, O'Funk'Illo, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, any funky funkatics tuneeees, some bassist like Victor Wooten, Pepe Bao, Abraham Laboriel, Tal Winkelfeld...
Getting into more classics, such as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone...
For movies..
Do the Right Thing,The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Tim Burton's films, Alfred Hitchcock's, Tarantino's, Woody Allen's, I personally like J.J. Abrams, all the Star Wars and I have a big weakness for Guardians of the Galaxy and Harry Potter...
For books...
When the chocolate runs out, The Power of Now, The Hobbit, Old mand of the Sea, Call of the Wild, Into the Wild... Antoine de Saint Exupéry...
Master and Commander, and any book with nice rigging drawings and information would be choices.
Any books on Buddhism, reading the Qur'an and doing Bible studies... Bring me the light and the love!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

1 - One of the most impressive things I've seen were in Argentina. Iguazú is one of the most amazing natural shows in the whole world.
And also in that trip I saw some Southern Right Whales, which were the sighting that made me choose the Zoology path, and want to study those amazing creatures.
2 - Work daily freediving with whale sharks, turtles, sea snakes and an amazing marine life.
3 - Diving with sharks.
4 - Re-rig the (now) Top Square Sail Schooner Opal and sail her to Greenland from Iceland.
5 - Sail across the Bay of Biscay, and a year and something later from Canada to Bermuda, then Boston, then Canada for 2 months and then across the Atlantic back home in the Tall Ship Gulden Leeuw
6 - Stay in a boat throughout the winter in Vancouver.
7 - Hitched rides from Vancouver to Halifax and then joined a ship to Bermuda and then all the way to Amsterdam. Managed to get all the way from Vancouver to Glasgow for free, and only one flight (that was paid for me by my employers) from Amsterdam to Glasgow.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have been working as a volunteer in several places...
Helping children with learning disabilities, helping people in general... but mostly working towards helping our Mother Earth survive!
I love teaching, but my main objective right now is to learn!
I can also teach some nice sailing knots and splices, some basics on mushroom growing...
That is why I am traveling around the world and trying to meet as much people as I can!

You can have a look at my blog for a sum up of adventures!
https://travelleronthestorm.wordpress.com

Or, for a bit of my work:

Springstay.org

What I Can Share with Hosts

I am a rock climbing instructor, so can always take anyone out for a wee introductory session.

I have experience on Photo ID of turtles, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins... Assistance of stranded marine mammals and some sailing and rigging, some nice knots... and cool vegan cooking! For whoever is interested!
I would love to share others people experience couchsurfing or in whatever!
I love speaking and teaching Spanish if people are interested! At least a few funny or useful phrases and words!

I am stupidly busy, so I will try my best to spend time with you but I usually have studies, kayak or sailing stuff going on... Which means I can still cook for you, recommend you places and all and maybe even go with you, but you have to be independent and flexible with times!

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Iceland, Philippines, Scotland, Spain, United States

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