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Brendan Gaffney

San Cristobal de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain

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Overview

  • 115 Positive References
  • Learning English, Esperanto, French, German, Irish, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Engineer/Teacher/Musician/Adventurer...
  • Mostly wasted
  • From Drogheda, Ireland
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Experience the best of Tenerife. Hacerme canario y disfrutar el presente.

ABOUT ME

Chocolate?? I like it! You too? Wow, we're going to get along just fine! Sometimes I make chocolate sandwiches. Two blocks of white chocolate with a dark chocolate block as a filling.I am interested in things and stuff. But not at the same time.I don't see the point in ironing. I calculate that I've saved 192 hours of my life by avoiding it.I like to save time so I can waste it on other things.I like to plagiarize good ideas.I like cats. I hate when they run away from me.I like playing games: Scrabble is good. I know a lot of words.I think a better name for cheese grater would be sponge destroyer.Some people say the world has 4 corners. I think there are 37. I've already seen 12 of them.I like to meet people with different views and exchange ideas and arrive at a better understanding of the world. I try to be optimistic and look for the best in others. I try to be happy and relaxed, and I rarely manage to do this. Like most humans I have many contradictions.I studied chemical engineering, but when I finished university I went travelling for a year and learned much more! Since May 2010 I have been nomadic, constantly travelling and occassionally stopping for longer periods in interesting places. I like "alternative" ways of travelling: hitch-hiking, wwoofing, help-exchange, hospitality networks.When I'm not working, I'm usually sleeping. When I'm not sleeping I like to play music on my trumpet or on any piano I can find. I like to read a lot and have recently discovered a passion for languages. Sometimes I try to be artistic. I always try to make people smile and laugh :) And sometimes it works!I like hugs, kisses and smiles... and I really like people who give them to me! ;-)I've been nomadic since May 2010... Have a look at my travel blog to see how my journey is progressing.

PHILOSOPHY

One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.

Be a dreamer Be imaginative Be a lover Be spontaneous Be romantic Be a maverick Be seductive Be a singer

Simply be! And be free!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I try to be an enjoyable and generous guest/host. CS shows that the world can and should be built on trust and honesty.

I never surf couches (I'm afraid of falling repeatedly into cold water, especially on someone else's couch).

When I sleep on a couch, I always tell the host it was very comfortable (although it usually isn't).

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

So far, I have had the great privilege to be hosted by many wonderful people in 20 countries. I love to pass on their generosity to my guests. So, you will be lucky if you get a chance to stay with me when I'm not too busy! I will do my best to offer you an enjoyable stay.I have surfed 67 times.I have hosted 38 people.I've also organised some events and shown people I can't host around the places where I have lived.

Interests

Science, ecology, music, history, society, art, love, animals, food, jokes...

I do like talking nonsense. I'm interested in you (or, at the very least, I will pretend to be interested). I'm interested in knowing obscure facts for no particular reason. I lose sleep thinking about silly things.

Music, Movies & Books

MUSIC Ah! Music! Musik, musique, música, ceol... I love it! I (try to) play piano and trumpet, mostly classical and jazz. I listen to all types, especially rock, classical, jazz, electronica. I also have a fondness for classic disco tunes!

Here are some of my favourite albums/works/artists in no particular order:

Air Moon Safari/Pocket Symphony Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion Panda Bear Person Pitch Badly Drawn Boy The Hour of the Bewilderbeast Beck Guero Belle & Sebastian Are you Feeling Sinister/Tigermilk/The Life Pursuit/Dear Catastrophe Waitress Aphex Twin S.A.W. '85-'92 Bent The Everlasting Blink/Intercept! Bjork Post Camille Le Fil Bonobo Days to Come/Black Sands Minnie Riperton Come to my Garden/Adventures in Paradise Friendly Fires Beach House Teen Dream Broken Social Scene You Forgot it in People Beethoven Symphonies 5/7/9 Cathy Davey Something Ilk Colm Mac Con Iomaire Cúinne an Ghiorria Cinematic Orchestra Every Day The Divine Comedy Casanova/Promenade Los Amigos Invisibles Venezuelan Zinga Son Daft Punk Discovery Elbow The Seldom Seen Kid St Vincent Marry Me/Actor Justice †Rachmaninov Piano Concerti 1/2/3/Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganinni/2nd Symphony Doves The Last Broadcast Cut Copy In Ghost Colours Fleet Foxes Jim White No Such Place Goldfrapp Felt Mountain/Head First Interpol Antics Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons Miles Davis Kind of Blue/Sketches of Spain DJ Shadow Endtroducing Ludovico Einaudi Le Onde/Nightbook Manu Chao Próxima Estación: Esperanza Gil Scott-Heron Pieces of a Man/Winter in America Marvin Gaye What's Going On Neil Young Harvest Moon Nick Drake Five Leaves Left The National Boxer Ojos de Brujo Barí Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Massive Attack Blue Lines/Mezzanine Passion Pit Manners Pink Floyd Meddle Pixies Doolittle Gershwin Piano Concerto/Rhapsody in Blue R.E.M. Automatic for the People Radiohead OK Computer/The Bends/Kid A/In Rainbows Röyksopp Melody A.M. Bernstein West Side Story Santana I/Abraxas/III Portishead Dummy Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul/To Be Continued/Shaft Scott Walker Scott/2/3/4 The Arcade Fire Funeral/Neon Bible The Beatles Sgt Pepper/Revolver Ladyhawke The Black Heart Procession The Spell The Decemberists The Crane Wife Chopin The Doors Jill Scott Who is Jill Scott? The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin Mercury Rev Deserter's Songs/All is Dream The Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik Cocteau Twins Victorialand The Shins Chutes Too Narrow/Oh, Inverted World/Wincing the Night Away TV on the Radio Dear Science/Return to Cookie Mountain Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History The Duckworth Lewis Method Amy Winehouse Frank Mew No more stories... Wilco Summerteeth The XX Grizzly Bear Veckatimist Vangelis Blade Runner/L'Apocalypse des Animaux Ulrich Schnauss a Strangely Isolated Place Imogen Heap Speak for Yourself Rodrigo y Gabriela, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Philip Glass, Barry White, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Shostakovich

BOOKS Italo Calvino Invisible Cities/If on a winter's night a traveller Aldous Huxley Eyeless in Gaza/Island/Brave New World/The Doors of Perception/Heaven & Hell/The Devils of Loudon Flann O'Brien The Third Policeman/At Swim-Two-Birds/The Dalkey Archive Bill Bryson Notes from a Big Country/Small Island/Down Under/A Brief History of Nearly Everything George Orwell 1984/Animal Farm Nabokov Lolita EF Schumacher Small is Beautiful Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men Philip K Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Haruki Murakami Antoine de Saint-Exupery Le Petit Prince Camus The Fall/The Stranger Umberto Eco Foucault's Pendulum Alain de Botton The Consolations of Philosophy Kafka The Metamorphosis Jack Kerouac On the Road Tom Hodgkinson How To Be Free/How To Be Idle

MOVIES Fargo/Amelie/Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/2001: A Space Odyssey/Vertigo/Rear Window/The Seventh Seal/Dial M for Murder/13 Conversations About One Thing/The Shawshank Redemption/American Beauty/Being John Malkovich/The Truman Show/The Elephant Man/American History X/Groundhog Day/Mulholland Drive/Donnie Darko/The Life of Brian/Goodfellas/The Big Lebowski/Old Boy/Waking Life/Michael Clayton/Fight Club/Chocolat/Dr Strangelove/In Bruges/The Dark Knight/Citizen Kane

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I have one you would never believe! You'll just have to meet me to find out!

Teach, Learn, Share

I know a little bit about most things. I know a little bit more about science, engineering, teaching and music.

Teach. I can show you how to cook tasty vegetarian food. I can teach you how to make nice sounds on the trumpet and piano. I can give you advice on how to hitchhike and have fun doing it. I can give you advice on how to learn languages quickly.

Learn. I want to learn some practical life skills: how to grow food organically, use permaculture, make tools, fix useful things, make buildings, survival skills. I would like to learn more about other languages and cultures. My cooking skills are not great, so I'd like to learn some tasty vegan recipes. Can anyone show me how to be more creative? Who can show me how to memorize sheet music? Can you teach me some massage techniques?

Share. I will share stories, jokes, hugs, food, experiences, conversation and smiles with everyone who comes to me with an open mind.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Ireland, Spain

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