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To enjoy every minute of life.
Please note that I am not taking any requests until December 2016 as I am about to go on a travelling adventure of my own.
Always looking for a good time and meeting new and cool people. I love travelling. Have been to over 20 countries myself. In each country that I have travelled to I have been blessed to meet people that are excellent ambassadors of their country and I want to offer the same courtesy and hospitality to people visiting Canada and Quebec.
Before you take the time & effort, I will be upfront and advise you that I accept roughly about 10% of the requests that I recieve. The better your request the higher your chance.
Now, you might look at my profile and say, holy mother, I have never seen so much writing on a CS profile. I am fully aware that my profile may take some time to go through but I have it set up that way for many reasons. If anything, I hope that you find it entertaining.
Over the past year, I was notorious for requiring surfers to qualify 25 points in order to stay with me. I have decided that for now, I will remove that system but at the same time, if you have a crappy profile, zero references, and your request is medi ocre, I won't accept you. This is fair for everyone.
Here is an example of a request that will guarantee you to get nowhere with me.
"hey, can you please host me for a couple of nights? im here for 2 weeks so the dates are flexible :)"
That was the entire message.
Please don't do that as I simply won't respond to it. Actually, I will respond to it by hitting the decline button to make sure it doesn't affect my response rate. If you get a decline with no message, it should be pretty clear.
To give you an idea of what kind of request I am looking for, here is one I accepted recently.
Hi Jonathan! My name is Loren and I'd really like to couchsurf with you. I'm visiting Montreal for the first and would love to see it with a local lens. I'm particularly interested in staying with you because you seem like an adventure junkie like myself. I LOVE go kart racing and jumping off things (cliffs, hills, my bed, everything lol) and I drive a motorcycle! I'm super chill, I love meeting new people, live music, art, and food (I seriously love food lol). I am an open book and love sharing my culture and experiences. Thanks so much for the consideration and fingers crossed that I've made some points :)
Here's another one.
“Wonderful” to see how much you’ve embraced couchsurfing! It’s awesome that you organize events and have met so many couchsurfers..
My girlfriend, Pauleen, and I are traveling to Montreal from the Hudson Valley, and we’d like to couchsurf with you. Our only mission is to visit the botanical gardens, so other than that, we’re interested in exploring and meeting new people.
I went to college for Engineering Physics, but most of my time now is spent with music projects and in the garden. I have a couple of bee hives, and I’m currently putting together a swarm collection management program with beekeepers in the Hudson Valley. I’d be happy to share more about it with you..
Pauleen works with antiques, and she’s a traveler herself. Most recently she spent a month hiking about 500 miles through Spain. When not in New York, she’s usually off spending time at the beach in Florida or Puerto Rico.. We’re easy going and if you’d like to know more about her to add up some more points, I’d be happy to tell you more :)
Your travels sound incredible, and we would love to learn more about your adventures. You paraglided 2500 meters over a canyon! ! Recently, I spent some time making my way through California and then Europe. These trips both gave me some fantastic couch surfing opportunities and I still keep in close contact with some of the people I have met.
I don’t have a joke, but my Halloween costume this past year was pretty funny.. I was a USB Thumb drive… I was visiting my friend in Austria and we made the costumes out of cardboard we picked up from the local super market and painted.. He was a European plug... – You can see it in one of my pics, although we were painted like zombies by the end of the night…
We are traveling with sleeping pads and mats, so couch/mattress/floor are all good.
Are you available to host us for two nights? If your space isn’t available, we would still enjoy the opportunity to meet up.
In addition, considering the above mentioned paragraphs, I love hosting and you are welcome to stay with me for 2 or 3 nights and if you want a longer stay don't feel shy to ask and I'll see if I can work something out. However, during the week, I am sometimes busy with work and other activities going on. Most of the time I can extend invitations for you to join me but sometimes you will need to find a way to occupy yourself. Weekends are always best.
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Life is all about sharing. Simple rule of thumb for me is for my guests to have a pretty awesome time. I love hanging out with my surfers and showing them around. When I couchsurf I try to be the best guest I can possibly be. I want to lead by example.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host events, I attend events, I couchsurf and I host.
From my personal travels I have caught up with people on holidays from the site and at home we have hosted people here from Austria, Germany, the Baltic countries, New Zealand, South Korea, Colombia, Brazil, other parts of Canada, Australia, USA, Mexico, France, Italy, Chile, Switzerland, Spain, South Africa and the UK. Both through Couchsurfing and also from other organizations we are apart of. I also like organizing day trips. I have hundreds of ideas.
I have been hosted by Nadia Andrus in Toronto
I have been hosted by Anne Sophie Quentier in Quebec City
I have been hosted by Simo-Sabounji in Montreal
I have been hosted by David Carpenter in Ottawa
I have been hosted by Derek Shultz in Fort Myers
I have been hosted by Everett, Hollie and Sahara in Cambridge Mass.
Katie and Anton from Halifax Nova Scotia
Maya Vrba from St.John's Newfoundland
Alia Norman from Torbay Newfoundland
Darren Browne from St.John's Newfoundland
Emily & Jacob Cass NYC.
Tricia in Philadelphia PA
Kate and Bob Sweet in Washington DC
Elise and Dave Blasingame in Atlanta GA
Lynn Lapari Berlin NH
All of those people I just mentioned are some of the most awesome, kind hearted people I have ever met.
Life is short and I like to make the most of it. Even though I am in my mid 30's I love the following activities. Go Karting, Paintballing, Jumping in 6 degree rivers like a crazy person, Jumping out of airplanes above the clouds, hiking, cycling, going out to swim in the cascades, waterpark's, whitewater rafting and kayaking, horseback riding, snow rafting and tubing, ziplining, acro-nature, snow shoeing, indoor and outdoor surfing (on a board), canyoning, skiing champagne powder, amusement parks, golf driving range, par 3 courses and mini golf, ATV'ing, festivals, swimming, road trips, party's, going to the cinema (depends what's playing), guiding tours, helping people move house and other things make's me feel good. Yahtzee, outdoor spa's, I could go on all day. I can come up with things to do even in the darkest and most depressing times of the year.
- live music
- outdoor activities
- whitewater rafting
- scuba diving
- track and field
- road trips
Music, Movies, and Books
I love most kinds of music. I love Blues, I love the old stuff like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Blyther Smith etc... The song too tired by Albert Collins is a great example. I love some urban music. I love Jamaican and Afrikaan type Reggae like good old Bob Marley the legend (RIP) and now his son Ziggy. and dancehall like Peter Miles and Sean Paul. I love British style House music such as John Digweed. I love most classic rock music like the stones (especially the song gimme shelter) and ACDC. I don't like heavy metal. Not true. :P I love Motley Crue and have seen them in Montreal. Especailly the song kickstart my heart. Also, Bro Hymn by Pennywise. It's actually my favorite driving song. I just don't like the Panthera type music or other types of music that makes you want to break things.
I don't watch much tv or movies but when I do watch movies. I love one's that will give me a good laugh such as The dictator, Ted or Grown up's.
I love personal development books. I like Adam Markel, Dr. Dennis Cummins, T. Harv Eker, Randy Gage, John C Maxwell, Darren Hardy, Andy Andrews and so on.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
It's hard to say just one thing. But I'll keep it short. I drove across Canada more than once. I hitch hiked from Halifax to St.John's, except for that water part of course. :) I witnessed Machu Picchu which was amazing, I've been from Montreal to Honduras without the use of even one flight, I visited an orphanage in Uganda which I support on a small monthly contribution, I jumped off a perfectly good airplane at 14,500 feet in Australia, I have been Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Paraglided 2500 meters over chicamocha canyon. Took a safari in Churchill to see polar bears and in Africa to see a whole bunch of cool animals. Hiked around the Highland Forests of Uganda surrounded by Gorilla's and Chimps, It was absolutely surreal. I ski'd on top of a Glacier in Whistler, I Bobsledded down the Olympic track in Whistler used by Olympians 2010 and the coach of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team was the driver, no not John Candy. I've also seen some of the coolest scenery in the land of my ancestors which is Ireland & Scotland. Best of all, I found out about this site.
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach, I can teach people about the local Montreal scene that you will not find in your lonely planet guidebook. This city is one of those places that has many spots that are awesome but not really well known. If you want to surf with me use the word wonderful in a sentance. I can also teach cooking on a budget skills. My 1st language is English but since half my family is French, I am fluent. I can teach you words if you want, good one's and bad one's. :)
I love to learn new things. So if you have anything you think you can teach me i'm very open to learn about it.
As for sharing. Let me know when your in the area and I'll be happy to share not only our place but good times. There's nothing better in travelling than getting to meet locals and see how they live. I have created many event's that are unique to Montreal and they are a lot of fun, especially St. Patricks 2014. I am also the host of the Montreal English conversation group. I have also organized out of town trips for couchsurfers in the Laurentians, Ottawa, Quebec, Gaspesie, New England.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I always come visit with a couple of thank you gifts as I know what it is to be a host.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Rwanda, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In