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Ant Cross

Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

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Overview

  • 118 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Japanese
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Geologist, adventurer, slackliner, h...
  • MSc (Geology) University of Otago
  • From Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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About Me

I'm a geology graduate and outdoor enthusiast from New Zealand who enjoys a good adventure. I am easy going and I like to party. I discovered Couchsurfing a few years ago when I graduated from university and decided to do a bit of travelling. It has changed the way I travel, make new friends and generally see the world. So far it has proven to be an amazing tool in meeting some awesome people and opened up doors to some of the best experiences of my life.

** I am working fairly long hours on weekdays, so I'm only accepting requests for Friday and Saturday nights at the moment.

Please don't send me a request to stay mid week. You are wasting your time.

Sunday nights are posible also but you will have to leave the house at 7:30 am on Monday morning.**

PHILOSOPHY

"Buy the ticket, take the ride" - Hunter S. Thompson

"Life's a garden, dig it" - Joe Dirt

"Live the life you love, Love the life you live." - Bob Marley

"The bad news is that time flies, the good news is that you're the pilot." - Michael Altshuler

"Respect existence or expect resistance" - Anonymous

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I participate as both a surfer and a host and I thoroughly enjoy doing both as you get to meet new people either way.

I surfed across Canada for three months in the summer of 2012 and Hawaii and the west coast of the U.S. in the spring of 2013. I returned to Canada, for a year long working holiday, where I did a bit more couchsurfing, made some new friends and had an amazing time exploring, slacklining, snowboarding and partying. A life changing experience!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I couch surfed across Canada for three months in the Summer of 2012. I surfed couches in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, Montreal, Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise and Kamloops. It was a total blast.

I couch surfed for three months in Hawaii and across the West Coast of the U.S. in the spring of 2013. I surfed couches in Honolulu, Fresno, Yosemite Village, Tahoe, San Fransisco, Berkley, Bozeman and Seattle and had a great time.

I look forward to more positive experiences on couches around the world and to host as many people as possible while I am back in New Zealand.

Interests

I like to spend my spare time playing sports, which include ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, soccer and cricket. I like to spend time in the great outdoors doing activities such as snowboarding, mountain biking, slacklining, hiking, longboarding and a bit of rock climbing. I enjoy books, movies and computer games when the weather is unfavourable and I like to listen to rock and electronic music whenever possible.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Starwars, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Gladiator, Ted, Waterworld, Batman, The Terminator, Taken, Requiem for a Dream, Fight Club, The Hangover, Braveheart, Gran Torino, The Postman, Get Him to the Greek, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Forrest Gump, The Matrix, Shutter Island, The Avengers, Inception, The Watch, Pineapple Express, Grandmas Boy, The Usual Suspects, Taxi Driver, Stargate, The Beach, Your Highness, Alien, Austin Powers etc.

Music: Rock & Electronic & pretty much anything in between. Flight of the Conchords, Two Door Cinema Club, Kings Of Leon, Shapeshifter, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Friendly Fires, Bloc Party, Queens of the Stone Age, The XX, Daft Punk, The Killers, Pearl Jam, Nero, Tool, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, The Chemical Brothers, Kyuss, Pendulum, Queen, Elton John, Bombay Bicycle Club, Outkast, Foals, Kasabian, Ladyhawke, Beck, Salmonella Dub, The Smiths, London Electricity, 30 Seconds to Mars, Kids of 88, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Tenacious D etc.

TV: Arrested Development, Robot Chicken, Archer, Futurama, South Park, Workaholics, Bobs Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Heros, My Name is Earl, That 70s Show, The Mighty Boosh, Nevermind the Buzzcocks, QI, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, The IT Crowd, The Office, Father Ted, The Vicar of Dibley, Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders, Monkey Dust, Little Britain, QI, Would I Lie to You?, 7 Days, Pulp Sport, Moon TV, Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Daily show, The Colbert Report, The Graham Norton Show, Lost, Hey Arthur, Doug, Rugrats etc.

Books: Tomorrow When The War Began series, Sword of Truth series, Harry Potter series, John Grisham, Fiona McIntosh, Kirsten Cashore, Louis L'Amour, Fantasy, Adventure, Biographies, various Non-Fiction.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

NZ University Snow Games - Snowboarding/skiing and partying for a week with my mates from the Otago University Freestyle Sports Club. Can't beat it. Easily the highlight of the school year for the past 4 years. Otago always ends up victorious which means a big celebration. This always ends in one hell of a great night. A good time and a few beers had by everyone.

Winning the Dunedin Ice Hockey League A-grade - I am by no means an expert at ice hockey having picked it up 6 years ago when I came to Dunedin for University. However practice makes perfect as they say and after 6 years of the sport I have managed to hone my skills and fitness a little and learn a few moves. This combined with a great team of mates with some equally impressive skills we managed to overcome the opposition to take out the 2011 DIHL A-grade Championship. A great moment that we savoured with a few beers down at the local watering hole.

The moment of retribution they call graduation - The culmination of 6 years of hard work at university, many long nights doing assignments and studying, all for a piece of paper with your name on it. It was a proud day for myself and my family and it was a huge relief knowing I would never again have to be a student. Definitely earned a beer or two that night.

3-months couchsurfing across Canada. A few adventures had and a few beers consumed. So good I decided to go back for a full year working holiday, which was an amazing life changing experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

The main thing I can teach people comes from my studies in the field of geology and specifically geochemistry. In these studies I have learnt a lot about rocks, minerals and the Earth, how it was formed and the processes that are occurring on it in the present day. I've done a wee bit of travelling and have a few good stories that might be worth sharing to anyone interested.

I can also teach a little bit of Japanese and have a wealth of useless general knowledge that sometimes even surprises myself. New Zealand drinking games are also a great thing to learn and do, just make sure you drink responsibly... yeah right.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I can offer hosts some good conversation on just about any topic and have quite a few good stories worth telling. I can teach some geology and science to anyone who is interested in that kind of thing and I could help out with English and Japanese if anyone is keen to brush up on their language skills. I also try to help out around the house with whatever needs doing, cooking, cleaning, gardening, even renovations. Each experience is unique so you never know what you will end up doing.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, New Zealand

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