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I only returned from overseas last week from being overseas for almost two years. Find work somewhere in Canada, meet couchsurfers and perhaps find that someone who wants to travel around Canada or the world with me in the future. At the moment, last moment hosting is prefered for me as I never know where I may be.
Mark is a graduate of environmental technology who is a novice traveller and living life to the fullest. He is rather outgoing and thoroughly loves the outdoors especially. Mark enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, snowboarding, swimming, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and taking pictures of everything you can possibly think of. Architecture, art, animals and scenery are examples of what may be captured on photograph. A variety of sports such as tennis, golf, soccer and badminton like to be played anytime he gets the chance to. The past couple years have brought him traveling through Europe, Central America and a working stint last summer in the Yukon. Mark can't actually provide info that's ALL about him, so you'll have to meet him to find out what he is about. :)
I really don't know where to start but here we go. Crazy how goals and plans change. I thought I was going to go straight into work following college, but than I realised that money can't buy happiness. While between jobs and between semesters, my parents were involved in a near fatal accident. Due to the severity of the accident, I decided to go back home and spend the next four months with them while they recovered. The aftermath of my parents car accident was painful for the whole family, but at the same time it moved me. While looking after my parents it made us realise how short life really can be, and how close we really were as a family. The rehabilitation my parents endured was truely inspirational.
In January 2014, the day before I was going to settle and find work in Scotland, Ciqran, who I had long considered a little brother/son and known since he was 4, was struck by a car while longboarding. After being left in a coma, it was decided to take him off life support. He was almost seventeen. This sent me through a spiral of depression, uncertainty and questioning my quest in life along with my goals. This was single-handedly the worst ever event to happen in my life and flew back to Vancouver to be comforted by my friends and family. I am not sure how to live anymore to be honest. He would want me to live on and continue doing what I love, but at the same time he would want me to be myself. Grieving these sorts of things is a really difficult process especially after losing that person who was that mirror image of you. He was keen on my style of living, was a hippy deep at heart and a kind soul to anything that was living. We were going to travel around this year after he was done high school and show him the world but now feel lost that I won't have that side kick of me.
Basically what I am trying to say is that life is not something to be taken granted for. Life should be cherished and should be about moving forward in life and never looking back. Life should be about helping others around us and giving back to the community in any way possible. Life should be fun, not a constant struggle.
If I were to give a piece of advice to fellow travellers, it would be to travel and learn about other parts of your own country before venturing off to other countries. I have travelled to most of the major cities in Canada as well as alot of smaller communities, and its shocking to see how communities can differ from one to the other.
Live the life you love....love the life you live
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
The many things that are enjoyed about participating is that everyone has a story to tell, a mission to pursue and a variety of outlooks. Yet we have one common goal and that is to help out society anyway that we can. Whether it's exchanging ideas, food, experiences or a couch, we all try to end a helping hand.
I have participated in organizing events, assisting travelers find their way around the city or giving them ideas of what to see/do with the time they had as well as hosting many while residing in Vancouver for a few months.
Couchsurfing is an amazingly educational experience that everyone should try. A group of friends and I unofficially hosted years back, while letting friends, acquaintances and strangers crash on our couch for months at a time in dire times of need. Though we not know some of these individuals well, we did trust them enough to bring them into our home, and treat them as family.
The connections and friendships made during this past year have been amazing. Most of my closest friends from Vancouver were met through CS meetings and the adventures that we have had since than will never be forgotten
The ones who we have hosted have been awesome as well. We shared meals, stories and I enjoyed playing tourist guide for them as well. My friend and I drove to Squamish with a surfer and took her on a hike to the top of the Chief which is the second largest vertical drop in Canada and a rockclimbers paradise. Really can't wait to settle down and have my own place to host some more.
Everyone who has hosted me has been extraordinary. The hospitality they showed was beyond what anyone would have imagined and I hope to host some of these people and give back to the community in the future.
Music, snowboarding, green energy, chatting, golf, hiking, pubs, biking, eating, canoeing, poker, driving down a road never traveled, wandering aimlessly around cities, photography, hitch-hiking, looking for the perfect onion ring or chicken wing, pool, water-tubing, geography, soccer, cooking, badminton, tennis, sight-seeing, mountains,
- pub crawls
- dumpster diving
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: I am a big fan of rock, hip hop, alternative rock, indie, punk rock and bits of metal. Some of my favourite bands include Tool, Rise Against, Mumford and Sons, Rage Against the Machine, B.O.B., Classified, Linkin Park, Icon for Hire, Muse, Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Sour, Thirty Seconds to Mars. I can appreciate all sorts of music on the other hand and won't trash anyone's taste.
As for books, I don't really get the time to read books because I prefer to be out and about. You can blame that on my ADD and ADHD. I read lots of travel magazines and Popular Science magazines though. Anything that has to do with meteorology or environmental related is a must read as well.
Movies: I don't really watch movies but anything with Adam Sandler or Chris Rock is normally decent. Lost was basically a hella long movie that confused the heck outta me, as well as millions of others. But I enjoyed every second of it.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I have way more than one thing that has happened, so I shall make notice of a few over the past couple years.
- the fury of forest fires in Gold River.
- hitchhiked 4600 kilometer across Canada in 4 days to surprise my mom for Mother Day
- bumped into the author Stephen King on the streets of Bangor
- Pebble beach for the US Open/walked St Andrews old course in Scotland
- a tour over to Haida Gwaii and was educated alot about the culture, but not as much as I wish I would have like to have known.
- climbed a mountain in Austria through the snow in sandals
- Oktoberfest in Germany
- Northern lights
- Hitchhiked 3700 kilometers to Inuvik, which is the furthest north you can drive to in North America. It is 300 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.
- swam with eels, sharks and stingrays
- 22 hour ferry ride through the inside passage to Prince Rupert is mind-blowing and the 2 day train ride from Prince Rupert to Jasper was full of amazing scenery. They split the ride into two half days so you can see the mountains during the day
- hiking up a mountain north of the 60th parallel in the middle of winter.
- explored Mayan ruins in Central America
- stood with more than 100,000 Italian's while the pope made an appearance and speech at the Vatican
- hiked the intense 49 kilometer Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver Island
- was a part of the Eurocup football madness in Poland/Ukraine in June 2012
- Saw the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family during the Queens Jubilee in London, June 2012
- hiked fjords along Norway and the Lofoten islands off the coast.
- Olympics in London August/2012
- Rode camels through the Sahara Desert in Morocco
- Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain
- Semanas Santa in Seville, Spain
- Ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermin festival
- St. Johns/São João festival in Porto, Portugal
- Kissed the Blarney Stone
- Celebrated Hogmanay in Scotland (The biggest New Years Festivities in the world
A few years back I was a performer/volunteer for the 2010 Winter Olympics and it was unbelievable. Not only did was being part of the show extraordinary but it made me realize how proud I was to be Canadian. Partying with the athletes on the floor after the closing was pretty wild too. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!!!
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to juggle, hitchhike (their IS a science to it eh :P), make a shelter out of everything around you or make a fire. I can even teach you poker. I can tell you all about my adventures all around the word and what I have learned from each country and experienced.
What I Can Share with Hosts
A spontaneous and fun individual. Someone who likes to socialize, cook, cleans and dumpster dives to supply food for a house he is staying or living at. He likes to have some drinks, chill out, get to know the host and hopefully one day we can be friends!!! If you play sports, we will hit it off right away. I can teach you about hockey, poker, dumpster diving, hitch-hiking, juggling, pool and can supply endless stories of my epic journeys around the world and hopefully I can hear about yours as well.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, Gibraltar, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom