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Life is a journey not a destination.
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 continue reading the following, please note that the only nights my room mate and I will be able to host are Friday and Saturday nights except for weekends when we're not there. We are both really busy with work and school.
Over the years I have learned the difference between the type of people I want in my apartment and the one's I want to avoid. As you guys can imagine sometimes I get slammed with requests living in Canada's 2nd largest city so I have set up a filtering point system to help me make a choice of surfer to invite. The more points you have in your request the better your chances are to get hosted by me.
Ok, here's the menu.
Those who address me by name. 3 points. My name is Jonathan. Not sir, not hey, not dude. Simply start off with a Hi Jonathan. It's very simple. I'll even give you an extra 2 if it's followed by a How are you my friend? Hope you are well or anything similar to that.
Those who don't address me by name -10 points. Basically because you just carelessly missed out on easy gimme points and I also by that point get the impression that you haven't read my profile up to this point nor will you read the rest.
-15 points for those who send copy & paste messages and yes, that's in addition to not addressing me by name. I'm allergic to copy & paste messages.
Here is a great example of a copy & paste message I received just a few weeks ago.
"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. Because even though i'm sure you're a wonderful person, it comes across that your main focus is free accommodation. I have more requests than I know what to do with so if you come down the pipe in any way with a soft little story, the only thing I guarantee is to decline you. Some of you write me great requests but because it's so last minute often times my couch is already spoken for or I've already plans to go out of town. For best results try 2 to 3 weeks before. However, write me a request anyway and I might be able. Oh, and I'm finished with the one night stay people so those won't be happening anymore. I had 2 couchsurfers arrive at about 11pm one night and leave by 7am the next morning to continue on their journey all the meanwhile I declined someone else a place to stay who wanted to come for the weekend. Seriously guys, if that's your intention, there's a nice little hostel on Bishop street that I can recommend.
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 :)
Do you understand the difference. I hope so.
Ok, back to the menu.
Those who's mother tongue is not English and may have difficulty reading or understanding my profile. But still make the effort. 5 bonus points.
You genuinely come across as someone I would love to meet and I get the sense that your on CS for the right reasons. 5 bonus points. What I'm looking for here are filled in profiles, common ground with my profile, your couchsurfing experiences and what your past hosts have said about you. Basically, if I want to meet you, I'll give you an extra 5 points.
Those who also currently host. 10 points plus 1 point for each positive reference written from a past guest of yours.
Those who are verified. 5 points
Personalised requests 10 points. (Give me a reason why you want to stay with me and why would I want to host you.)
You write something in your message that makes me laugh 5 points.
Pictures. 1 point each. Pictures without people in it, do not count. Max of 5 points each for this one, so even if you have 40 pictures, I will still give you 5 points. You know what i'll be leniant. 10 points for photo's, I find them rather important.
Positive references 1 point each. And yes, you get the extra point if that reference is a positive one from a past guest of your's.
Neutral references -1 point each
No shows are -50 points each. I find these on your references.
Negative references -100 points each.
Your profile is 100% completed 5 points
Your experience. 1 point per year you've been on couchsurfing. (Must be the same year now then when you signed up. If you signed up to CS December 31st, you only get the 5 bonus welcome points for that day but you will get the 1 point from going on to the next year)
5 welcome bonus points for those who are on their 1st year of couchsurfing
You live in an area that I'm actually likely to visit. 5 points. (This one will only be used when I have to make a choice as I have more requests than I'm able to accommodate)
Lastly you've hosted me before or I've hosted you and I enjoyed your company = guaranteed stay, just give me a bit of advance notice.
If during the slow season you are the only request that I receive, I will not bother hosting anyone who does not have at least 25 points all together. I have found that even if you're new, you can collect that many points together very easily. Especially since I added some gimme points for you and the menu being as extensive as it is. Anyone who does not make the effort to do at least that will be automatically declined or ignored. It's that simple. To be more specific, 25 points does not guarantee your request in busy periods but it is the least amount I will accept. In busy periods my past hosts or guests get 1st priority followed by the surfer with the highest amount of points. It can be a friendly competition if you will. I encourage you to get the points, not only does it demonstrate to me that you made the effort but it also will also help you in the future on how to maximize your responses from potential hosts. That's the way you should look at it.
I will be delighted to tell you how many points you earned if you ask me to. Kind of like a teacher marking a paper. ;)
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, Brazil, other parts of Canada, Australia, USA, Mexico, France, Italy, Chile, Switzerland, 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 early 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.
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 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, 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 can also give you some tips (i'm still learning myself) of what to watch out for when it comes to insurance. Mostly home and auto.
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.
****COMING SUMMER 2015**** Waterparks, BBQ's, Picnics, camping and other fun stuff.
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, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In