Logo orange

Daniel's Groups

Daniel Wexel

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Wants to Meet Up

Last login about 12 hours ago

Join Couchsurfing to see Daniel's full profile. It's free!

View Full Profile

Overview

  • 106 Positive References1 Negative
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Japanese, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • vagrant
  • Should never end
  • From Bowen Island, Canada
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

I hate to write "How can I fit myself in a box? You'll have to meet me!" Yet, all the same, no one's served very well trying to jam their self into a box, or for that matter trying to understand another person by what they're able to fit into a box.

But, I always try and do my best with what I'm given! I use 'try' a lot, to acknowledge that I'm not going to be or do anything all of the time; we all falter. I try to be understanding and accepting of everyone and every situation, and being a secure person I usually don't have much issue with that. I try to live by my principles, too, and so understanding and acceptance doesn't mean agreement. Those principles tend to be quite radical by most standards, but, as per above, I'm not in this game of life to make others agree.

The most useful skill I've acquired is to laugh at myself, the errors that I make, the annoyances and indignities that I stand. As per the radical principles I hold, were it not for my capacity to laugh there would be many more tears, I'm sure.

I'm very curious, one of those with an insatiable need to know. Something that riles me up like nothing else is to not be told something, or worse yet not to have that closure, whether on some esoteric topic (oh, the wiki-spirals I've been lost in) or personally. I'll always try to find the time to get to the bottom of it.

Whether I'm in a meeting or jotting notes for a hitchhiking trip I'm a very organized person. Happily, thanks to the influence of much of the above, that doesn't translate to being a 'control-freak', and I tend to be very easy-going. I make plans, which I'll stick to if it's left to me, but I'm the person who'll be compromising with the 'control-freak' to keep the peace rather than demanding that my needs and plans be paramount.

My favourite means of travel is to hitchhike. I like how I can plan it only up to a point, only to finding that sweet exit or perfect spot on the road to get me a ride, and from there it's a matter of who's driving past and the flap of a butterfly's wing on the other side of the planet. Ultimately, it allows me to combine those aspects of myself, planning and independence, curiosity and understanding, while meeting interesting people and travelling for free. Over seven hitchhiking journeys I've hitchhiked nearly 100,000km and there's no sign yet of slowing down.

I've always found writing about myself difficult, as how I imagine myself can only match so well how others perceive me (all the more so if there's no opportunity to know each other well). What I have learned is that I generally know what I like, what I want, and that I can’t stand to squander time on what I don't. Seems obvious enough, but I've also gradually discovered I have the privilege and confidence to live so.

I can't say I've ever significantly found it the case that good comes to those that do good, but I do love putting positivity into the world when I can.

PHILOSOPHY

Act deliberately and consciously. I try not to use absolutes.

***

Actuar de manera deliberada y conscientemente. Trato de no usar nunca absolutos.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've tried hosting as many peeps as I can while in Vancouver, and try to be the surfer that I would love to host when surfing.

***

He tratado de acoger tantos píos que puedo mientras estoy en Vancouver, y trato de ser el "surfer" que me encantaría acoger.

Interests

International politics, literature, world history, juxtapositions, urban planning, social justice, antioppression, hitchhiking, environmental issues, avocados, queer culture and history, Indigenous sovereignty, stickers, markets, cinema, dancing, reading symbolism and significance into any and everything, bicycles, deciphering my chicken scratch cursive, cooking, homemade cosmetics, lychee, finding the best deal on bulk bins; Japanese culture, history and language; alleys, cats, alley cats, reusable bags, stretching, breathing, yoga, copyright pirating, optimally organizing fridges and pantries, MANGOES, thrifting, freecylcing, flea markets, politics, vinyl, hiking, narrative production, nude beaches (Wreck Beach in Vancouver especially), impromptu and urban camping, activism, coffee, writing, debate, architecture

***

La política internacional, la literatura, la historia del mundo, yuxtaposiciones, la planificación urbana, la justicia social, antioppression, autostop, las cuestiones ambientales, el aguacate, la cultura gay y la historia, bicicletas, descifrando mi cursivo principio de pollo, cocinar, la cultura japonesa, la historia y el lenguaje, los gatos, los derechos de autor piratería, MANGOS, thrifting / freecylcing, vinilo, caminatas, campamentos improvisados ​​y urbano, el café, la escritura, el debate, la arquitectura

Music, Movies & Books

I love films; international, queer, documentary, 'classic', 80's sci-fi. Some favourites include Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai), Blade Runner (Ridley Scott), City Lights (Charlie Chaplin), Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara), On the Corner (Nathaniel Geary), M (Fritz Lang), Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl), The Times of Harvey Milk (Robert Epstein), Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné), among many others.

Musicians and groups I enjoy include [Los músicos y los grupos que me gustan son]: MK (Marc Kinchen), Supetramp, Norma Jean Bell, Elvis Costello, Donna Summer, Sylvester, John Lennon/The Beatles, Loleatta Holloway, Moodymann, Eurythmics/Annie Lennox, Sister Sledge, Martha Wash and Izora Rhodes/Armstead, Todd Edwards, Elton John, Army of Lovers, Portishead, Ryuichi Sakamoto/Yellow Magic Orchestra, Frankie Knuckles, Pink Floyd, Sade, Hercules and Love Affair, Kate Bush, The Band, Yoko Ono, Tempest Trio, Wardell Piper, Salsoul Orchestra, Pointer Sisters, Vera Lynn, David Bowie, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Inner City, Cher, Larry Levan, Le Pamplemousse, Gil Scott-Heron, Prince, Chaka Khan, Kerri Chandler, Gwen Guthrie, among others [entre otros].

As for books, I love reading. I'm something of a bibliophile; perusing a used bookshop, surrounded by such a diversity of titles, overwhelmed with that unique musk, flipping the pages a well worn volume is simply too, too much. What I read varies widely with what I'm interested in and where I'm going. Fiction of many genres; poety; plays; non-fiction, whether current events, history, or philosophy. I'm also a ravenous consumer of web-based content, especially blogs focused around social justice and progressive politics.

***

Me encantan las películas, internacional, maricón, documental, 'clásico', y sci-fi de las ochentas.

En cuanto a los libros, me encanta leer. Soy algo así como un bibliófilo, hojeando una librería usada, rodeado de una diversidad de títulos, abrumado con el almizcle único, hojeando las páginas de un volumen desgastado es, sencillamente, demasiado, demasiado mucho. Lo que leyendo es muy variable, con lo que me interesa y donde voy. Ficción de muchos géneros; poesia; obra; no ficción, si los eventos actuales, la historia o la filosofía. Yo también soy un consumidor voraz de contenido basado en la Web, especialmente los blogs centrados a la justicia social y la política progresista.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sunsets somehow always seize me. From my back porch to the winding canyons of Shaanxi, evening twilight holds a great power over me, and inspires me like little else.

***

Puestas de sol de alguna manera siempre me agarran. Desde mi porche trasero en Vancouver, a los cañones serpenteantes de Shaanxi, crepúsculo de la tarde tiene un gran poder sobre mí, y me inspira como poco otro.

Teach, Learn, Share

I carry no applicable certifications, but I tutor English, have guided yoga practices with friends, and mutually have honed cooking skills with people around the world, and would be happy to carry on any of those with anyone.

Sin duda, todavía estoy estudiando español, pero si estás un principante también y quieres practicar, vamonos!

Having had over 600 rides hitchhiking in a couple dozen countries, I have hitchhiking stories over a wide range of people and experiences, and would be happy to share! If you're looking to rack up your own, I can also share all that I've learned about effective hitchhiking over the course of those rides nad journeys.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I love to cook, especially with and for others! I'm also 'one of those' who can actually quite enjoy doing dishes. I'm definitely the type to help out however I might at the moment, whatever projects may be going on at the house, picking something up on the way back to your place, helping to clean. I try to travel as light as I can (though, that of course includes far too many books), so I don't have much physical to share, but I have plenty of smiles and good energy to go around!

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Thailand, United States, Uruguay

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, United States

Join Couchsurfing to see Daniel's full profile. It's free!

View Full Profile