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Just a guy, exploring the world and creating himself with the help of Lady M - https://www.couchsurfing.com/users/1003384863/profile - We have been in Istanbul since October 2014, teaching and hanging out. We live on Kinali Island, not in the city!!
I've travelled all over the world since leaving the UK in 1994, worked in many countries, had all sorts of adventures, and never ever had a real job. If you want stories, I have plenty, but it gets boring to tell them. I'm more interested in hearing about the world today, and what you are doing/learning.
The biggest lesson I've learned is that laughter is good. Every situation has a funny side, and a good laugh puts everything into perspective.
I'm a sailor, diver, explorer, entrepreneur, teacher, tinkerer, problem-solver, researcher. I try to be a rational skeptic, believe in evolution and emergent systems, and faith-based beliefs just irritate me. The stars I steer by are Occam's Razor and The Black Swan. (Not the movie.) I try to understand how the world really works and how to live in it without becoming a wage-slave or crusty hippy.
Some people think I'm a negative thinker, because I see opportunities to improve things everywhere I look. Some people think I'm a positive thinker, because I always believe in the possibility of change. Things CAN be better, and I analyse stuff constantly, and look for ways to improve everything.
I like trains, never take night buses, would love to never take a commercial flight again, and occasionally I hitch-hike. HHing means standing out there in the world, waiting for something good to happen. Usually it does! Sometimes, something not good happens, but I always deal with it and everything is cool again. Sailing is the same philosophy, it doesn't matter which way the wind blows if you set your sails correctly. Make your own luck, as they say.
Hey, and I am passionate about food. I'm not a great cook, but I can feed myself and absolutely hate McD's KFC, etc. The best CS experiences for me involve a good meal and chat about life, the universe and everything - at a reasonable time of the evening. I don't drink (liver can't do any more!), but don't object to anyone else having a few glasses.
Everybody is saveable, and you can learn to love anyone if you know their story.
There are no truly stupid or bad people in the world, only those who have been badly taught. There are bad teachers - or teachers who don't have time, skill, or resources to reach them. We are all teachers, mentors, influencers. We touch the lives of everyone we meet and should do it in a positive way.
Sometimes we encounter people we can't re-educate in the time available with the skills and resources we have, or it's not worth the investment for us. That still doesn't mean they are worth any less than we are.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Hoping to meet some interesting people.
I got a negative reference a few years ago, in response to a neutral one I gave him. Sigh. Be true to what you believe, don't kiss butt or give fake references to make yourself look better.
I love to ask "why do they do that?" or "why does that happen?" all the time. I ask questions, challenge people, and look for ways the world can be made better.
I used to be a TEDx organiser, and I'm a teacher. I'm a sailor, scuba diver, hiker, and general adventurer. I hate shopping and have no interest in clothes.
- adventure races
- scuba diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Ursula K LeGuin. Nassim Taleb. Tim Burton. Terry Pratchett. Banksy. Douglas Adams. Sun Tzu. John Irvine. Salman Rushdie. Luc Besson. Tim Ferris. Tom Waits. Led Zeppelin. Peter Day. XKCD.com. TED.com. Jimi Hendrix. Mozart.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I was attacked by Komodo Dragons in the jungles of Indonesia, and still have the scars!
I once sank a sailing yacht with four people on board, in the night, on the ocean.
Teach, Learn, Share
I just started learning poi, and wish I was organised enough to do yoga. I'm hopeless at both, so if you can teach, then you're doubly welcome.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Belgium, China, Croatia, Fiji, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Western Sahara
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Gibraltar, New Zealand, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States