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My name is Andre and I am 33. I've been adventuring for over a decade now. They were great adventures -hitchhiking around the world, occupying a sovereign state as part of an imperialist force, rescuing an unhappy housewife from an unhappy marriage, etc.- but they were always something I did every couple of years and only for a few months at a time. However that all changed two years ago:
I was frustrated with the idling pace I felt my life was taking. I was achieving highly in my work but I realized that with every successful project completed I was getting a diminishing return in happiness and satisfaction.
So I left on what ultimately became a pilgrimage to South America for ayahuasca. It was on this excursion that I learned to slow down and stay in one place if I liked it. Whereas younger me was all about getting cross-country by thumb in record time, older me is more about immersing myself in a place, and cultivating friendships and learning.
Staying in one place also allows me to manage what you might call "adventure fatigue" and I find I can maintain a very high-vibration almost indefinitely, living my truth, enriching myself with new experiences, becoming a better man and minimizing the human suffering around me.
I now find myself in Berlin. It's a new kind of adventure to me where I have a strong intention to scribe what I've been gathering over the last few years. I want to explore and work in different neighbourhoods of this city, seeing how they affect me and my creative output. if you have any suggestions I would love to know where you get inspiration from and perhaps go there and sample the ambiance for myself.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Imagine if you will a little baby couch fresh from the factory. He is told he's wonderful and comfortable and that one day he will be sat upon by kings, diplomats, scholars and all sorts of desirable bottoms.
Or what about the stinky couch who was rescued from a curb, washed and given a second lease on life? This time around he's looking to do it bigger than he ever did before. providing rest and comfort for the movers and shakers of this world.
Finally, imagine a sultry, sexy black leather couch looking to be crashed on by a gallant, roguish, wanderer with stories, charm and boyish good looks.
I can be all things to all couches.
So to help your couch (or bed, air mattress, etc) achieve it's highest purpose, kindly allow me to crash on it and it will live the life it has always imagined for itself.
And maybe, just maybe, one day when it leaves this material plane it's spirit will reincarnate as a car.
My priorities for my time in Berlin are going to be writing, yoga, jewelry-making and learning Spanish.
Writing: There are two scripts I want to develop, a feature called Domicilium and a short called Cold on the Shoulder. There is also a memoir I am ready to begin writing called Purposeful Meanderings.
As well, having been on the road the last year with only a phone, I am just super-stoked to have an actual keyboard so I can blog.
Yoga: I was teaching in Nicaragua earlier this year, and I intend to resume when I head back to Nicaragua in 2018, but I want to develop my personal practice more and accelerate my own spiritual healing and activation.
Jewelry: I love working with wire; wrapping stones, making ear cuffs and free-bending to recreate powerful symbols and pictures. I am working on a series of pieces inspired by my favourite hip-hop group, Run the Jewels. There is such powerful imagery in their lyrics and I want to recreate certain of the scenes those lyrics have brought to my mind's eye.
On a related note, I have realized that I have a connection to copper and I'm going to prioritize it's use over the next little while more than I have before. Just gonna put that out there.
Spanish: I've spent the last two winters in Latin America and my Spanish sucks. However, as I now intend to go back and stay for a full year managing a hostel, I gotta step my game up and devote time to learning and practicing.
Luckily there will be no shortage of Spanish speakers in Berlin, as it is the official language of Germany...
I wanna hit a bunch of open mics too and do stand-up comedy, rap, sing, play drums -EVERYTHING!!
- rock climbing
- jewelry making
- public speaking
Music, Movies, and Books
Gary Jennings wrote two books that were pivotal into making me who I am today, Aztec and The Journeyer. Both are masterful works of historical fiction that show travel and adventure for the series of ups and down it truly is. Whenever I experience moments of profound happiness on the road or conversely, wretched sorrow and dejection, I ruminate on how the protagonists in these books had to endure the full gamut of human emotion as well, and it helps me accept the tonic effects of struggle and adversity.
If talking about books, I have to mention the Asian Saga written by James Clavell, and of course Don Quixote. All of these books were where I gleaned my early notions of what it is to be a man: boldness, honour, nobility and sticking to your word.
Similarly, video games like Fallout and Destiny, especially the latter with its tagline, "Become Legend," really captured my imagination and set a high benchmark for me to aspire to vis a vis wandering, roaming and adventuring.
2-Pac's music really resonates with me because I feel he was someone who, behind the gangster bravado and image, had a profound message of love and unity to share.
I love Run the Jewels. Let's toss on youtube and play song for song
My favourite movie is "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," but I have a soft spot in my heart for Independece Day and I absolutely loved Mad Max: Fury Road
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 love to sing. And freestyle rap.
I like to make jewelry, particularly wire wraps, ear cuffs, rings, etc. I have a lot of equipment and materials with me. Let's have a workshop.
If you have any interest in yoga, stretching or even a guided meditation I would be happy to take you through that.
I have advanced knowledge of camp craft and how to live outdoors that I love to talk about and implement. I have done a lot of studying on survival skills (what to eat, how to get water, etc...) and have had some wonderful opportunities to implement said knowledge.
As well, I have advanced first-aid and would be happy to show someone the basics.
If you have a project or endeavour you want to spread the word about perhaps we can cross-promote.
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, United States