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Overview

  • 120 References 74 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Rogue Librarian
  • BA(H) History/Classics, Masters in Information Management
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

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

PHILOSOPHY

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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

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.

I am also on Warmshowers, which is basically CouchSurfing for cyclists, and which is full of great people: http://www.warmshowers.org/users/belisarius

Interests

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.

  • animals
  • amphibians
  • arts
  • culture
  • humanities
  • books
  • singing
  • dining
  • cheese
  • beer
  • exercise
  • yoga
  • running
  • walking
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • camping
  • biology
  • history
  • psychology
  • lakes
  • rivers
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Top O' the Head:

Music (I have wide musical taste, but am also picky):

Meshugga, Bach, CCR, Neil Gow, Metric, Arcade Fire, Jurassic 5, Gramatik, Nick Warren, DeadMau5, Neil Young, Lightnin' Hopkins, Rammstein, Leonard Cohen, M83, Lorn, Mozart, Chopin, Burl Ives, April Wine, The Dubliners

TV:

Metalocalypse, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, The X-Files, South Park, Vikings, Spartacus, Rome, Star Trek: TNG, Samurai Jack

Movies:

Alien, Aliens, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Goonies, Falling Down, O' Horten, (many more)

Books:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -- Haddon, Mark
Asterios Polyp -- Mazzucchelli, David
Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1) -- Herbert, Frank
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) -- Lewis, C.S.
The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3) -- Tolkien, J.R.R.
Siddhartha -- Hesse, Hermann
Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend -- Hesse, Hermann
The Fall -- Camus, Albert
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals -- Pollan, Michael
A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2) -- Martin, George R.R.
Notes from Underground -- Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Procopius: History of the Wars: Books VI.16-VII.35 -- Procopius
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) -- Tolkien, J.R.R.
Filthy Lucre -- Heath, Joseph
The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1) -- Yancey, Rick
High Fidelity -- Hornby, Nick
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5) -- Martin, George R.R.
East of Eden -- Steinbeck, John
Procopius: History of the Wars, Books 7.36-8 (Gothic War) -- Procopius
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal -- Schlosser, Eric
History of the Wars, Volume III: Books 5-6.15. -- Procopius
The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness
-- Epictetus
Steppenwolf -- Hesse, Hermann
Daytripper -- Moon, Fábio
A Monster Calls -- Ness, Patrick
The Hobbit -- Tolkien, J.R.R.
Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson -- Bingley, Will
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) -- Martin, George R.R.
Life of Pi -- Martel, Yann
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -- Thompson, Hunter S.
History of the Wars, Volume I: Books 1-2. -- Procopius
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold -- le Carré, John
Cryptonomicon -- Stephenson, Neal
Buddha's Little Finger -- Pelevin, Victor
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) -- Martin, George R.R.
Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1) -- Paulsen, Gary
The Secret History -- Procopius
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit -- Quinn, Daniel
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4) -- Martin, George R.R.
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography -- Rusesabagina, Paul
Gilgamesh: A Graphic Novel -- Winegarner, Andrew
The Night In Question: Stories -- Wolff, Tobias
The Favorite Game -- Cohen, Leonard
Blankets -- Thompson, Craig
The 13th Valley -- Vecchio, John M. Del
The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature -- Suzuki, David

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 you around.

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.

I'm working on shutting my mouth and listening more.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Time, Energy, Kindness, Love, Respect, Thoughts

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

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