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Hi! I’m Andre. I was born in Canada and I live in Berlin now.
I’ve been adventuring for most of my adult life (hitch-hiking, village-building, even government work) but I think I’m ready to sit still for a while and create something...many things even.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I think CS provides a richer, more authentic experience for me when I’m traveling. I have met seriously great people who have given me a great perspective on the local area.
And as a guest I am outgoing, skilled, friendly and helpful so there are no shortage of ways for me to give back.
I am teaching myself guitar and working at a summer camp outside of Berlin where I teach kids English, yoga, sports and jewelry-making.
- rock climbing
- jewelry making
- public speaking
Music, Movies, and Books
I love adventure books like Don Quixote and well-researched historical fiction like that of James Clavell and Gary Jennings.
Musically, I like most everything but 2-Pac and Gordon Lightfoot are two of my all-time favourites. I’m a devout hip-hop head but I’ve been more into rock lately as I’m teaching myself to play guitar.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I circled the northern hemisphere back in 2011-2012.
I got robbed four days into it and after I got over feeling sorry for myself I decided to soldier on despite having lost all of my equipment, documents, etc.
It was amazing. No longer encumbered by a heavy bag and lots of gucci gear I didn't need I moved a lot quicker and I realized that he who wishes to travel happily must travel lightly.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach jewelry-making, yoga, breathing exercises, drumming, w/e....
I’m good at teaching even if it’s something I’m not super good at
Seriously though, I work with kids in Germany so very often I have to break new skills down to their core teachable components.
What I Can Share with Hosts
A great listener and conversationalist who loves getting to know new people.
My aforementioned skills (such as they are)
I am strong and able-bodied and able to help with chores.
I am sufficiently handy and know how to use a wide variety of tools.
Countries I’ve Visited
Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Monaco, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Afghanistan, Canada, Germany, United States