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I’ve had great experiences through couchsurfing, most significantly when I travelled for 3+ months following graduating from the UofC in 2016. I feel very bought into the ethos of Couchsurfing. I’ve found that the richest and most authentic (and memorable) experiences I’ve had whilst travelling have revolved around the deep relationships I’ve formed via couchsurfing, despite often not staying more than a couple days. I’m a curious guy and enjoy learning from others’ experiences. Don’t be afraid to drop me a note!
"Take the road less traveled" - Robert Frost
I like taking risks in life, conquering fears, and generally being adventurous. I've found that my best memories have stemmed from relatively impulsive, opportunistic decisions.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have surfed about 20+ times. Now that I have my own place, I would like to pay it forward and get into hosting (pending it is safe with COVID).
I want to reduce the stigma that meeting new people and even staying with them is inherently 'dangerous'. I've met too many people in my life that have sacrificed rich uninhibited experience because of this irrational fear. There's not enough trust in the world and I'm trying to do what I can to show others that people are good (generally). For me couchsurfing is about new friends, new experiences, and new perspectives. I love the cultural exchange and natural friendship that develops. I'll cherish some of the memories I've made from this site forever. Every experience I've had has left a positive impression on myself and altered my perspective on traveling and culture, and in a broader sense, life itself.
I'm agile and don't like to settle. I have a ton of interests but some of the ones I enjoy most are:
Traveling (and especially meeting locals), running, reading, journaling, sketching, catching movies. Currently going through a philosophy degree too.
Finally, I always keep an open mind and strive to expand my interests. I value and celebrate the diversity in people and engage myself in social programs around the city to assist in developing this ideal.
Music, Movies, and Books
My music preferences change based on the situation I’m in. When I’m studying/working, it’s Lo-fi all the way! Working out/exercise - I like hip hop and tropical house (Kygo-type music). All other occasions, I’d say I’m a big indie folk fan. Of Monsters And Men, Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, Bon Iver, Lord Huron, Lumineers, etc.
Anything Steve Carell. Horror genre is fun too.
I'll let my Goodreads account speak for itself (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38504169-jonah-ardiel).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
+ Bought a Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula in an effort to overcome arachnophobia. Her name is TarantuLana Del Rey. (2012)
+ Took up improv comedy and stand-up as a hobby and participated actively for over a year of my life. (2013)
+ Swam with reef sharks in the Dominican Republic. (2014)
+ Ran the Seattle Marathon. (2015)
+ Trekked through rural Nepal to the base of Mount Everest. (2016)
+ Jumped in a cenote in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. (2018)
+ Stayed with some of the coolest international hosts through this incredible site. (2012-Present)
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm not a bad running coach I guess. Also, I've taught many friends how to solve a Rubik's cube. I can do it. And you can too.
I hope I never stop learning.
I can share anything and everything about myself - I am the colloquial 'open book'. Ask me anything, I'll be happy to respond as honestly and accurately as I can.
Cooking - I can cook pasta pretty well. If you let me try, you can judge for yourself.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Anything at all. Open to share my ideas, genuine thoughts and opinions on subjects, and stories and experiences!
Also happy to swap goods from respective places if people are interested.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Dominican Republic, Germany, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In