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To keep foreign couch surfers safe from all those nasty li'l critters that call Australia home :p : Instead of Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!... Spiders, Snakes Drop Bears and Bunyips Oh My! lol :-P
Let us rugged mountain men lead you all the way...!
Sorry couldn't help the light hearted sarcastic banter lol :p
Aussie Tourism SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT JUST be seen as our beautiful unique natural wonders 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. as a wholistic nation, but our culture is still extremely rich, unique and enigmatic in spiritual, socially anthropological and record breaking and marvelous human historical feats, example: The might of the ANZAC Diggers (Colloquial Iconic label for Aussie Soldiers) from Boer War and WW1 to present day missions, the relevant forging of the ANZAC Spirit or Legend at the battle of Gallipoli in WW1, our irrevant and white-liner fever love of sport.. especially the physical impact football codes, but again especially our own national football game Aussie Rules Football or Footy for short, often been described as one of the most exciting team sports in the world and the most physically and aerobically demanding team sport in the world, it is also one of the oldest organized Football codes in the world est. 1858, plus our love of Cricket and Tennis during the summer.
Then there's our great innovative and ingenius minds with some great inventions that have influenced the world eg. pennicilin, hearing aids, the 'Little Black Box' in aircraft cockpits.... The list goes on.
I'm a bubbly, quirky and fun-loving 'Aussie larrikin', bursting with energy and a little ambition to sell my part of our proud nation to the world in the Tourist sense.
Very much the easy-going, down to Earth Aussie bloke, what you see is basically what you get, I prefer to tell it how it is.. no Bull&%$, love a beer and a chat or quality time with my mates.
Also believe its important to keep an open mind as their is always 2 sides to a coin, as well as in a Scientific, spiritual, existential and philosophical sense. As mankind only shows bafooned arrogance if we think we know everything and therefore start to become skeptical about whether some things aren't possible in a scientific sense, our scientific understanding is still extremely primitive.
If you can't tell.. I have a massive inner nerd as well, just extremely passionately curious and enquisitive about our world and universe...!
I love multiculturalism, and love to share my own national culture with people from overseas, just as much.
I'm also a passionate sports player and fan - My ultimate sport being Aussie Rules Football or 'Footy', I have quite a very competitive nature but fair about it as well, that's the other part of our Aussie sports culture 'Hard but fair'.. We still don't mind a bit of smart ass lip because we see that as mind games and part of the game plan, we just don't like cheating or cheaters.
If you need a 'true-blue' Aussie to show you around town and help you to better understand the genuine Aussie culture... Then I'm definitely your man.
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 and Melbourne - Our history, culture and traditions.
I'm a very sporty and athletic person as mentioned above.
I'm also a massive Buff of most Academia in the fields of Science, Fringe Sciences, and Social Sciences.
I'm into T.V. shows like Fringe, The X-Files, The Americans, The newly refreshed versions of Doctor Who, Rude Tube, The Footy Show, Before The Game, South Park, Catalyst, World News Australia, Foreign Correspondent, Embarrassing Bodies, Arthouse/Short Films, Sleepy Hollow, T.V. AFL Coverage, Al-Jazeera News, Friends, Mock the Week, Globe Trekker, Man Vs Wild.
For nostalgic purposes He-Man and the Masters of The Universe, The Smurfs, The Jetsons and Scooby Doo.
I love Documentaries relevant to all fields of academia as I noted previously, plus Biographies If they are relevant to World History in a significant way.) and Footy documentaries.
I'm into movie genres, such as Comedy, Horror, War, History, some Science-Fiction, sports, some thrillers, some Dramas; classical and retro-inspired ones too.
I'm a massive eclectic lover of music...Classical: Edith Piaf, Arethra Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Petula Clarke, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Kole, Beethoven, Mozart, Fats Domino, Gregarian and world indigenous cultural music.
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,...The list goes on.
I love folk music and folk festivals as well especially Celtic Folk like - Beeaaauuutiful; now that's what I call soul music...Soothing, kicking back with a few drinks with a few mates, music - whether it be at a pub or an Celtic Folk Festival...!
I'm also passionate about - 'the hairs on my neck stand up more alarmed than a cat on a hot tin roof' and 'I get goose bumps whenever I hear' kind of very tangible feelings for - massed Pipes and Drums Bands along with Brass Bands - especially when they're parading in a military ceremonial context!!
I also like stand-up comedians like Arj Barker, Carl Barron, Jimeoin, Adam Hills, Will Anderson, Billy Connelly, Ross Noble and Mick molloy.
World travel and experiencing/living, in a genuine grass-roots fashion, different cultures from all around the world...Getting to know and understand them, enriching my travelling and enlightening experience as well as learning more and more about myself along the way; But when I have the money and time to do it is the only catch there.
Music, Movies, and Books
Just to name a few from a massive list Movies: Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Born on the 4th of July, The Patriot, The Hangover, Armageddon, Deep Impact, Father Of The Bride, He-Man and She-Ra: The Secret of the Sword, Terminator Series, Rambo Series, Star Wars series, Pride and Prejudice, Police Academy Series, American Pie series, Clerks Series, Kokoda, Vietnam, Channel 9 mini-series ANZAC's, The Dish, Deuce Bigalow 2 Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, Home Alone Series, The Mask, The X- Files Movie, Lethal Weapon Series, Forrest Gump, Apocalypse Now, 13 days, The Sum of All Fears, Top Gun, Oh and People please don't laugh at this one - Superman Series Lol, THOR, Tomorrow when the War Began, Red Dawn, Sherlock Holmes Persuasion, Jane Eyre...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 relevant to the apparent fields of Academia.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Been to south Vietnam 2004 for 5 week voluntary expedition to participate in some community service.
Had a holiday in the South Western Part of America and Hawaii with my older brother and our parents in 2006.
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 - Ohh Yeah! (Got a decent amount of Celtic heritage in my blood! But love the celtic culture personally a lot anyway!)
Same thing with the States - would love to go back again in the future - But next time on a more extensive and truly immerseful fashion...Really experience the States first hand and make lots of American Mates - I'm actually currently a member of the Australian American Association (Victorian Sub-Branch).
Seeing my beloved Geelong Cats Footy Club finally arise from their 44 year slumber/Premiership drought in 2007 to regrow as the one of the AFL Powerhouses with Premierships in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Participating annually since I can remember in our Geelong ANZAC Day Parades and services/Ceremonies (ANZAC Day is basically Australia's version of say America's Independence Day and Veterans Day all rolled up into one!); I have a lot of ANZAC heritage in my blood too! For our family ANZAC Day is a very sacred and proud occasion!
Again I get pumped/excited feel an immense rush whenever ANZAC Day comes and whenever I hear massed Pipes and Drums Bands and Brass Bands Performing.
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.
I have also previously met people from abroad too, whether whilst on my travels overseas or when meeting fellow University students from abroad...At all times it was another dream come true, but don't want it to end there I want to keep on meeting new people and especially ones that are from abroad and different cultures - my inner 'The Culture Vulture' (A term phrased for global travelers who love to taste/experience different cultures and make new mates with different cultured people too.)
Joining the Australian American Association and getting heavily involved with that too!
I have also previously been a member of the AIIA (Australian Institute of International Affairs); and thinking about maybe getting heavily involved them again.
Teach, Learn, Share
I believe as humans we learn something everyday in our lives:
Some of the best maturing happens when we are 'Put into the deep end into sink or swim moments. when we come up trumps... 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:
- More about selves
- Build more of our character and make-up
- Our interests and passions
- Our strengths and flaws
- Our dreams and senses of directions in our life charging towards our futures
- Skills for surviving out in that big rough universe...!
Also a big believer in telling how it is, no flowering around.
What I Can Share with Hosts
As mentioned above...!
Countries I’ve Visited
Czech Republic, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Viet Nam