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I'd say I'm up for just about anything within the confines of my psychological boundaries.
I get excited about fun things and many things are fun in this game of life. I also get sad and lost from time to time. Some would say I act anything but my age.
I eat pretty healthy and local while at home, try to do so on the road, but generally do as the Romans do, to up the experience ante.
I'm into genuine connections, eye contact, life-is-short scenarios, reading -- I could read for years... challenging myself, loving, 'improving' myself, helping others, musical backgrounds and little things. I'm pretty happy in city, country or in-between.
visited 10 provinces (76.9%)
visited 10 states (20%)
visited 21 countries or autonomous states (9.33%)Create your own visited map of The World
I try to consider others in my actions, enjoy life, keep learning, practice discipline and occasional excess, do things to my own tune, and stop and smell the roses - literally and figuratively.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Once upon a time I recommended CouchSurfing to other travellers and pretty much every person I talked to for more than 20 minutes. I have hosted, been hosted, and attended events.
I also DID welcome new members to the CS community by being a volunteer greeter (and inappropriate profile-spotter), which occupied a few hours of my week on average, and I gave presentations on CS at the library.
Unfortunately, Couchsurfing decided to end the NMW program and I lost my volunteer job with no notice. Not very happy with Couchsurfing's new management!
Montpellier, Lyon, Nuremberg, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Ikaria, Athens, Patra, Florence, Lucerne, Biel, Bern, London, Halifax, Sydney CB, Vancouver, Portland Oregon, Toronto, Kitchener, Montreal - so far - great!
I've never had a 'bad' experience with CouchSurfing, other than the people who run it and the website; a few stressful situations - almost always caused by communication breakdowns, but nothing bad. I tend to deeply respect, enjoy and remember many of the people I meet through CS.
*A note on copy and paste messages: While full copy and paste messages where a surfer clearly hasn't read a profile are silly and should be ignored by hosts, it is IMPOSSIBLE to craft full-sized, personalized messages for multiple hosts while on the road. You HAVE to have a partial generic template or you would spend entire days just requesting, when doing any kind of free spirited travelling, such as hitching. Hosts, particularly in large cities where there are hundreds, if not thousands of hosts to wade through, should accept this fact, as long as there is some indication that they were chosen over others for some reason, and the profile was read.
I am also on Warmshowers, which is basically CouchSurfing for cyclists, and which is full of great people: http://www.warmshowers.org/users/belisarius
Life, outdoors, camping, hiking, books, libraries, computers, music, cycling, exercise, 'The Gym,' adrenaline, walking, body-boarding, Byzantium, water, food, entertaining, Halifax, Montreal, Cape Breton, BC, Europe, Asia, the US, creative displays, history, animals, waterfalls, rivers, girls on bicycles, lakes, the ocean, mountains, classics, psychology, philosophizing, biology, nutrition, activism, sustainability, WWOOFing, helping others, Barbershop singing, karate, beer, tea, challenge, relaxation, travel, innocence, experience, cool old people, amphibians, ants, cheese, flax seed meal, challenging conformity, being an ass, being helpful, overstatements, understatements, sarcasm, art, yoga, learning to cross the threshold of what I find intimidating, people who tell you when you have crap on your face.
Music, Movies, and Books
I like my movies and television as commercial free as possible (usually), and I like my music in many forms.
Books: I'm a freakin' Librarian! Four of my favourites though: "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson, "The 13th Valley" by John DelVecchio, "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse, and the "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" by J.R.R. Tolkien.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Cycled in the Halifax Naked Bike Ride (four times), including the main streets, once completely naked and thrice in a tuxedo thong.
(And cycled in two Montreal Naked Bike Rides)
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm always up for learning how to play guitar better - I'm currently at 'beginner' level; I know the basic chords and can make the guitar sound pretty, but my finger speed is slow and I don't know any real songs: so if you want to teach me a song or some techniques/advice, every little bit will go towards my goal :) (PS: I CAN teach you the basics of guitar as well, I actually teach it to high school kids)
I also don't mind practicing and improving my mediocre intermediate French with you. I can teach you some basic French to get around though a phrase book would help you about as much.
I can teach you about history and culture, I have a broad knowledge of many topics and subjects, which is often (ha) accurate, and perhaps we can grow together as people through conversation and experience. I will also ramble at you interminably sometimes, unless we come to a comfortable silence understanding.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Time, Energy, Kindness, Love, Couch, Bathroom, Laundry, Tea
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, United Kingdom