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  • 13 References 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • work is a part of life
  • BA in engineering/literature, MA in English Lit., JD in Law
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About Me


the only thing better than good food or good conversation is both at the same time


Working/living in Ottawa. I love to read, get outside, and explore. I am always interested in hearing about the cultures of everyone I meet throughout my travels. I'm really excited to meet new people, make new friends, and to learn.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


When I travel, it's always great to share food/drinks/great conversation with my hosts. When I'm at home, it's always fun to host people and learn about where they come from.


I am so appreciative of the amazing and unforgettable experiences that wouldn't have happened without couchsurfing! Here are a few:
--spelunking in the caves of the Dordogne valley
--having a dinner party in the catacombs of Paris
--going to a "naturalist" swim in the middle of London
--after arriving in Istanbul at midnight, my host having bailed me at the last minute, I met someone on the bus who was Coushsurfing and their host took me in! Couchsurfing miracle!


cooking (always willing to help in the kitchen). literature, languages, people, travelling, MUSIC- i love playing guitar (or any instrument i can get my hands on) and jamming

  • arts
  • literature
  • dining
  • cooking
  • drinking
  • traveling
  • music
  • guitar
  • tennis
  • teaching
  • entrepreneurship
  • languages
  • brazilian jiu jitsu

Music, Movies, and Books

i like all kinds of stuff...

Music: blues, jazz, rock, bluegrass, funk. bob dylan, jimi hendrix, sam cooke, tony rice, leon bridges, wu tang
Books: on the road, faulkner, hemingway, DFW, atlas shrugged, non-fiction
History: especially realizing how little humans have changed
Art: I once went to the louvre 6 days straight
Philosophy: i like big ideas
Movies: all kind. recently i saw West Side Story and it was fantastic.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I once stayed in a 650 year old house in the French countryside for a few months. We raised sheep, cleaned the horse stables, and went hunting on horseback with a contingency of hounds (me on a bike). It was like living in the middle ages.

Teach, Learn, Share

You are an expert on your city and country - I want to learn about it! What makes Couchsurfing so special is how it enables you see the world through someone else's eyes.

What I Can Share with Hosts

You are awesome for being so generous. I make a sincere effort to be an appreciative and engaging guest. I am more than happy to chip in, be it cooking, cleaning, or something random.

If you want to chat over some wine, cool!
If you just want some time to yourself, that's cool too! I
If you are up for showing me your favourite spots, great!
If you are going to a party, I'm in!

Countries I’ve Visited

Israel, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Palestine, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, France

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