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  • 18 References 9 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish, Yue (Cantonese); learning Chinese, Hindi
  • 27, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Software engineer
  • No education listed
  • From Vancouver, BC, Canada
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About Me

I'm always itching to experience something new, live in different places, meet people, and take on a little too much with the languages...

Canada is and will always be home for me, but I've most recently been living in Boston on and off, from 2010-15. Having recently left my job, it's time to head around the world again for a good long while!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I've surfed a couple times, but my main thing is hosting.

Traveling, hosting people, sharing in other cultures? That shouldn't be considered strange or adventurous, it should be the new normal!


Travel's the top one, and my life basically revolves around organising the next trip, reviewing a language in preparation for a future trip, or doing weekend day trips around New England to pass the time. Otherwise:

Amateur photography, long-winded travel blogging, trying food from other countries (I literally have a map and mark the ones I've tried!), day hikes and long urban walks, trying to find the most ridiculously stereotypical activities wherever I've at, digging through music blogs, scuba diving, language learning, watching Bollywood films. Oh, and hats. I like hats.

I'm also currently trying to learn Russian. How long that lasts, we'll see...

I also blog while travelling: http://nolegroom.wordpress.com/

  • photography
  • dining
  • movies
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • blogging
  • music
  • hiking
  • scuba diving
  • languages
  • language exchange

Music, Movies, and Books

I'm trying to build up a library of Spanish and French music and Bollywood films/music (Hindi) to maintain my languages.

In general though, I'm a fan of indie rock/pop and revival soul/funk, and I love a good concert once in awhile. I feature my playlist yearly on my blog.

I don't read too often, but I like realistic fiction set in regions I may have been to recently. On the other hand, I do read a whole lot of news, and am fascinated by politics around the world and in Canada.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

A South America trip that went even further south, on impulse, to hang out with penguins in Antarctica... then in every other direction to set foot in every continent within 8 months!

Teach, Learn, Share

Language exchange? :)

Countries I’ve Visited

Antarctica, Argentina, Austria, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Singapore, United States

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