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My mates call me a 'One of a kind' energetic Aussie larrikin.... They also agree that I would suit guiding people around for tourism or introduction purposes as I'm a really energetic and colourful story teller.
I'm passionate about where I come from and selling it to all 4 corners of the globe... Geelong really is an iconic Aussie place!
Whilst Aussie Tourism is currently centred mostly on our beautiful unique natural history and Aboriginal culture... They are only a part of the iconic Aussie story...
We may not have rich history in CHRONOLOGICAL terms compared to Europe, Middle East, Asia etc. BUT...
As a nation, our culture and history is still extremely rich, unique and enigmatic from social, spiritual and human dynamics and feats and forces eg. The forging of the might of the ANZAC 'Diggers' or Aussie soldiers and their New Zealand brothers in arms. Our natural extremely competitive streak and love of sport - our ethos being 'Hard but Fair'. Our national football code 'Australian Rules Football' established in 1858 one of the oldest and most sacred team ball sports on the planet... A tough, hard impact, exciting and fast game with lots of skills flair.
And there's plenty other uniquely Aussie cultural norms and traditions I haven't mentioned here..!
I also love to have a beer, socialize, and enjoy staying active and outdoors often, love to go to the park and have a kick of the football with my mates, passionate about music.. pretty eclectic with my tastes but fav genre is most forms of Rock.
I've always been a naturally curious soul as well.. being intrigued about life, our universe, existence etc. Therefore I'm also very curious and passionate about the Sciences and Social Sciences especially Anthropology and all the different cultures on the Earth. Oh and last but not least, the Space sciences.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
At this time I can only host people or meet up with them around my area.
Just want to start a hobby of cultural exchange with foreign people and show them around Geelong (2nd biggest city in Victoria approximately just over 1 hour drive South West of Melbourne)- Share our history, culture and traditions.
I'm a very sporty and athletic person as mentioned above.
I'm also very passionate about the Sciences, Fringe Sciences, and Social Sciences.
I'm into T.V. shows like The modern versions of Doctor Who, Fringe, The X-Files, The Americans, Rude Tube, South Park, Catalyst, Q&A, Embarrassing Bodies, Sleepy Hollow, T.V. AFL Coverage, Friends, Globe Trekker, Man Vs Wild., The Big Bang Theory, Highway Patrol, Black Adder etc.
For nostalgic purposes He-Man and the Masters of The Universe, The Smurfs and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... Just a bit of a task, now that I'm grown up, to try see past the ultra corny and cheesy kiddy presentation of these ones.
I love Documentaries relevant to all fields of academia as I noted previously, plus Footy, or Aussie Rules Football, documentaries.
I'm into movie genres, such as Comedy, Horror, War, History, some Science-Fiction, sports, some thrillers, some Dramas.
I'm a massive eclectic lover of music and don't mind listening to world folk, or indigenous world music either for the experience.
Retro/Rock: Nirvana, Ozzy Ozbourne and Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Cher, David Bowie, Buzz Cocks, Darryl Braithwaite, Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel, Def Leppard.
More Rock: Metallica, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Marylin Manson, Linkin Park, Limp Biskit, Emenim, ACDC, Guns n Roses, Tool, ABBA, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Earlier years of The Offspring, Pearl Jam, Live, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Crowded House, Korn, Wolfmother, Powderfinger, Disturbed, Parkway Drive, Avenged Sevenfold, Oasis...The list goes on.
I love folk music and folk festivals as well... especially Celtic Folk!
I also get a kick out of Massed Pipes, Drums and Brass Bands - especially when they're parading in a military ceremonial context.. like ANZAC Day!!
I also like stand-up comedians like Carl Barron, Will Anderson, Billy Connelly and Eddie Murphy.
Music, Movies, and Books
Just to name a few from a massive list of Movies: Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Born on the 4th of July, The Hangover, Armageddon, He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword(Nostalgic purposes), Terminator Series, Rambo Series, Police Academy Series, American Pie series, Clerks Series, Kokoda, Channel 9 mini-series ANZAC's, The Dish, Home Alone Series, The Mask, The X- Files Movie, Lethal Weapon Series, Forrest Gump, Apocalypse Now, 13 days, The Sum of All Fears, THOR, Tomorrow when the War Began, Red Dawn, Sherlock Holmes...etc.
Books: Anything to do with the patterns of genres/themes that are becoming apparent above...But at the same time I'm not much of a book reader; I prefer to take in information from T.V. or Video, however I can tend to get a bit more stimulated by university text books or magazines related to my fields of passion.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Been to south Vietnam in 2004 for 5 week voluntary expedition to participate in a Duke of Edinburgh sponsored adventure community service expedition.
Had a holiday on the West Coast of America and Hawaii with my older bro and our parents in 2006.
Sorry a couple of amazing things I've done:
Went for a tour of mainland Europe, then up to Scotland to participate in another organized tour, then across to Ireland to do the same thing in both versions of Ireland - the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland or the Province of Ulster.
Some of my favourite cultures are American and Celtic culture, therefore love those trips to the 2 Irelands and Scotland, as well as Part of America.
Would love to go back to the Celtic countries again - And experience more of that culture (Got a decent amount of Celtic heritage in my blood and love every bit of it!) I've also tried both Haggis and Black pudding and... Yes not bad at all!
Seeing my beloved Geelong Cats Footy Club finally arise from their 44 year Premiership drought in 2007 to regrow as the one of the AFL Powerhouses with Premierships in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Another thing is when I was a RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Cadet in my mid-teens; to this day I'm very proud I participated in that Australian Defence Force Program.
Teach, Learn, Share
Some of the best maturing happens when we are 'Put into the deep end into sink or swim moments. when we come up Champs... Like the old saying goes 'what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger.'
Challenging ourselves, making ourselves explore out of our comfy 'familiar' zone to learn.
What I Can Share with Hosts
As all mentioned above...! Especially an local insiders expertise about Aussie national history and culture especially from Geelong's iconic parts. As part of that too... Our beloved mighty Football game Australian Rules Football!
Countries I’ve Visited
Czech Republic, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In