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  • Fluent in French; learning Finnish, German, Greek (modern), Hungarian, Japanese, Spanish, Swedish
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2017
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  • B.A. English Literature
  • From Pickering, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

Hello there, bonjour!

I've made Ottawa🇨🇦 my home for 20+ years and love the city. Currently living in a well-located apartment in Centretown, about a 15-minute walk from Parliament Hill and close to many points of interest.

My day job is writing government speeches.🖊 Every Thursday, I also host a weekly progrock/jazz music program at the local community radio station, CHUO 89.1 FM.🎙 (

I'm usually available on evenings and weekends. Also, I like to run when the weather is nice 🏃 though I’m a passionate indoorsman when it gets cold around here 🥶.

What else—I can recommend where to hear the best live music 🎶 in town.

Most of all, I'm ready to host you!

Hosted CS guests from: 🇺🇸🇺🇦🇮🇳🇨🇱🇫🇷🇨🇦🇬🇧🇲🇾🇦🇹🇵🇱🇩🇪🇧🇪🇲🇽🇨🇳🇸🇰🇳🇱🇰🇷🇸🇪🇧🇷🇹🇷🇻🇳🇾🇪🇮🇹🇪🇸🇨🇭🇦🇷🇷🇴🇨🇿🇷🇺🇵🇭🇫🇮🇹🇼🇦🇺🇬🇷🇫🇴🇸🇮🇨🇴🇮🇷🇩🇰🇩🇿🇨🇷🇮🇪🇦🇿🇪🇨🇱🇻🇺🇬🇹🇭🇯🇲🇰🇿🇸🇬🇳🇿🇳🇬🇷🇸🇯🇵🇬🇪🇩🇴🇧🇭🇮🇲🇮🇱🇹🇳🇺🇾🇵🇪🇴🇲🇨🇩🇧🇬🇭🇳🇧🇳🇮🇩🇵🇹🇳🇴🇭🇺🇲🇦🇸🇩🇳🇵🇲🇹🇦🇱🇲🇰🇪🇬🇱🇧🇦🇪🇨🇺🇱🇹🇿🇦🇰🇪🇹🇿🇸🇦🇲🇩🇸🇾🇲🇪🇪🇪

Surfed with CS hosts in: 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇨🇿🇫🇷🇧🇪🇫🇮🇦🇹🇭🇺🇭🇷🇷🇸🇧🇬🇹🇷🇷🇴🇩🇰🇳🇱🇸🇪🇦🇱🇲🇪🇲🇰🇬🇷🇸🇮🇸🇰🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇮🇱🇵🇸🇯🇴🇴🇲🇦🇪

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

Sabina Lindgren introduced me to the CS community back in 2016. Sabina is a veteran couchsurfer and all-around wonderful human being based in Sweden🇸🇪. Having now experienced the joys of Couchsurfing, I'm keeping the positive vibes going as a host here in Ottawa, and hopefully as a guest the next time I'm travelling.

Check out Sabina’s great profile!


  • cats
  • books
  • running
  • politics
  • reading
  • minimalism
  • jazz
  • guitar
  • geography
  • history
  • languages
  • couchsurfing
  • craft beer
  • radio
  • hospitality
  • maps
  • ramen
  • flags
  • vinyl records
  • railways
  • progressive rock
  • balkans
  • duolingo
  • raki
  • halfmarathon
  • kanji
  • eurail
  • speechwriting

Music, Movies, and Books

Musical interests run the gamut from modern and classic-era progressive rock to avant-jazz, extreme and experimental metal, Scandinavian folk, early 70s soul, Glenn Gould’s Bach, and the Greek crooners. One musical artist I could not live without: Leprous

Happy to welcome all your musical recommendations!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Three-week homestay with a host family in Graz🇦🇹. [1995]

JET Program English teacher in Yamaguchi🇯🇵 for three years [2001-2004]. If you've done something similar, it would be fun to share experiences.

Sampled 38 craft beers in four days in Portland, Oregon🇺🇸. [2016]

Eurail/Interail experience from Budapest to Istanbul and back! 🇭🇺🇹🇷 [2019]

Spent a week camping above the Arctic Circle in Sweden🇸🇪. [2020]

Lived in Tirana, Albania🇦🇱 for three months, hitchhiked for the first time, and helped clean up the hiking trail at Dajti Mountain. [2021]

Visited the towns of Šurany and Nové Zámky🇸🇰 to see where my grandfather was born and grew up. [2022]

During a fall trip to the Middle East, was hosted 23 straight days by Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Iranians in Oman and Egyptians in Dubai. [2023] 🙏

Travel through the years…
1989/91/92/93 - 🇺🇸
1995 - 🇩🇪🇦🇹🇸🇮🇭🇺
1997 - 🇺🇸
1998 - 🇬🇧🇪🇸
1999 /2000 - 🇺🇸
2001 - 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇨🇭🇫🇷🇯🇵
2002 - 🇯🇵
2003 - 🇯🇵🇰🇷🇺🇸
2004 - 🇯🇵
2005/06/07/08 - 🇺🇸
2009 - 🇨🇺🇺🇸
2010/11/12/13 - 🇺🇸
2014 - 🇩🇴🇺🇸
2015 - 🇺🇸🇲🇽
2016 - 🇸🇪🇩🇰🇩🇪🇨🇿🇸🇰🇭🇺🇺🇸
2017 - 🇭🇺🇺🇸🇩🇰🇸🇪
2018 - 🇫🇷🇬🇧🇧🇪🇫🇮
2019 - 🇩🇪🇦🇹🇭🇺🇭🇷🇷🇸🇧🇬🇹🇷🇷🇴🇸🇪🇩🇰🇳🇱🇧🇪
2020 - 🇸🇪
2021 - 🇸🇪🇩🇰🇦🇱
2022 - 🇸🇪🇹🇷🇦🇱🇽🇰🇲🇪🇲🇰🇬🇷🇭🇺🇦🇹🇸🇮🇸🇰
2023 - 🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇮🇱🇵🇸🇯🇴🇴🇲🇦🇪

Teach, Learn, Share

I have a passion for the cuisine of Hungary🇭🇺 — I'll be happy to prepare for you my signature dish: pörkölt and nokedli. 🌶+🍅+🥒 =🥘 If you have a favourite recipe from home, let’s make it! 🍽

16 highly recommended adventurers and travel vloggers — all worth checking out:

Eva zu Beck🇵🇱
Abrar Hussan🇵🇰
James Leithart🇺🇸🇦🇱
Rick Steves🇺🇸
Geography Now/Paul Barbato🇺🇸
Bald and Bankrupt/Benjamin Rich🇬🇧
Eamon and Bec🇨🇦
Syifa Adriana🇮🇩
Alina Mcleod🇨🇦
Drew Binsky🇺🇸
Itchy Boots🇳🇱
On Her Bike🇵🇱
The Man in Seat 61🇬🇧
1 Bike, 1 World🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Nora Adventurism🇳🇱
Indigo Traveller🇳🇿

What I Can Share with Hosts

What I Can Offer Guests:

- private room with deluxe airbed for two
- pull-out couch for two in a more open space 🛋
- shower/bath 🚿🛁
- balcony that gets morning and afternoon sun 🌇
- wifi📱

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Albania, Canada, Japan, Sweden

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