Amy McDicken

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • mental health worker
  • Bachelor of Arts ya'll + associates degree + almost start...
  • From Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada
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About Me


I want to be free... I want to be free to do what I want to do... I want to be free to ride... and I want to get loaded! And I want to have a good time


Currently: world traveler (hence couchsurfing!!), music lover, vegetarian, cyclist, bibliophile, future home brew enthusiast, dorky geocacher, dumpster diver, extreme bocce champion, former Kootenay then East Van dwelling 29 year old woman. Just returned to Vancouver after about a year away in the Yukon and New Zealand. Always looking to be more connected to the world (nature) around me by meeting new people all the time, growing my own food, learning to do it/anything myself, reading voraciously, spending days at at time in a tent on the trail or the back roads (but I still f**king hate mosquitos) and desiring all the more to live off the grid for awhile. Not exactly a religious or spiritual person but am extremely interested in any views that stray from the norm, and I do believe you can't beat some of the awe inspiring views I've had while hiking and traveling. Not into the whole 9-5, 5 days a week thing (how else can you avoid the crowds?!) so for the time being I think I'll continue to pack up and move when the mood strikes and wait on the whole settling down thing.


Keep it Riel!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Right now I'd just like to meet some cool folks! I've traveled a fair bit but am getting tired of the hostel circuit and hearing endless acoustic renditions of Bob Marley songs all night. I'd rather go to your favourite hole in the wall pub or open mic night or poetry reading than follow the tourist masses. I surfed on my way up to the Yukon and met some very generous and intelligent families and now that I'm in a position to host I'm going to try and give back as much as I can!


I surfed once, in Cusco, with someone who had just moved to Cusco. After riding in the back of a car with 8 kids and on the top of a bus with 70 people and twice as many chickens to see some ruins that looked exactly like all the other ruins in the Sacred Valley we got hopelessly lost and shared a terribly long (and expensive) cab ride back into the city. They always say you never forget your first time...

Since then I haven't really been in a position to host until now. In Vancouver I met some fellow Canadians to show around the city and stayed in some very lovely homes in BC on my way to Whitehorse. Now that I'm more settled back in Vancouver with some actual furniture I'm definitely hoping to meet lots of adventurous like minded people! I've hosted some very rad people, some very last minute people, some random meeting people, but most have been amazing! Always looking forward to meeting the next travelers to the North and laughing over how close they think the next towns are.


Cycling everywhere possible (did the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay this summer!! and I only missed about a dozen critical masses the 6 years I lived in Vancouver), beards, Settlers of Catan, reading at a faster and faster rate, swimmin holes in the summer, hilarious travel stories, learning how other CSers live off the land, high fives, tea, snowboarding, being super gross, camping way the hell out in the bush and complaining endlessly about the mosquitos, religious outlooks that vastly differ from mine, vegetarian cooking, guerilla gardening, dumpster diving, non-profit organizations, DIY, rogue publishing, independent media, community radio, NPR podcasts, CBC

Music, Movies, and Books

Not really a movie person but I definitely enjoy a good documentary or a bad 80s teen movie now and again. I have kept up with a few tv shows over the years but they tend to be comedies, ie: Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Home Movies, Strangers With Candy, Clone High.

Book wise I somewhat recently got into graphic novels (Maus, Preacher, Sandman) and I am a huge fan of anything by Douglas Coupland, Paul Quarrington, Timothy Findley, J.M. Coetzee, Haruki Murakami (but then again who isn't), Tom Robbins, Miriam Toews, Salinger, Vonegut, Simone de Beauvoir, George Bowering, Dionne Brand... I've read hundreds of books though so it's one of the easier topics for me to get in to.

My current musical obsessions are threefold: Motown, classic hip hop and math rock/instrumental a la Do Make Say Think, Holy Fuck, The Six Parts Seven, Mogwai, Battles, Tortoise. But I'll list a bunch of bands I like anyway since that's what most people seem to be doing: Wild Flag, A Tribe Called Quest, Stone Roses, Dead Prez, Black Flag, Subhumans, Explosions in the Sky, X, Social Distortion, Hot Water Music, Junior Kimbrough (when it comes to blues musicians I say the more haggard the better), Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Mclusky, against me!, Avett Brothers, Animal Collective, Can, Black Keys, Sparks, Beastie Boys, the Raincoats, Mountain Goats, Modern Lovers, Art Taylor, Arrested Development, Infesticons, De La Soul, Herbalizer, Wu Tang Clan, Sam Cooke, The Vibrators, Daniel Johnston, Buck 65, Antony and the Johnsons, A Skillz, Pixies, M83, James Brown, Cutty Ranks, Stevie Wonder, Beck, Cat Stevens circa 1970, Spiritualized, We Are Wolves... etc etc etc.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Done: 3 weeks in the Amazon, fishing for piranhas and avoiding huge spiders. Or that time I wore a giant Teletubbies costume on stage during a Flaming Lips show.

Seen: craziest wind/snow storm on the Ausangate Circuit followed by the sunniest day I can ever remember

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm always down to meet people to cook with. I'm a fairly decent cook and always like making food with/for a bunch of people.

Would love to learn more about bicycle maintenance! When I'm more settled somewhere I'm dying to build a vintage cruiser.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Guatemala, Italy, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In


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