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CURRENT MISSION: It's a 10 year trip
Usually traveling but now i have a place for you. 20km from downtown, nearby sfu, forest trials, mountain, water, skytrain, shops, etc. I have a large room with floor space. I am usually free any day (but not always) and go to bed whenever i feel sleepy. You can stay here 1 or 2 nights (and if we're happy, stay longer).
Traveling around the world for 10 years visiting hundreds of destinations in 50 countries with over 1000 local people. I'm a Nomadic personality on a general survey mission. I like collecting music, landscape photography, gastronomy, astrology and languages.
I travel with a laptop and backpack (it's all I have).
IMPORTANT: People generally ask me the same questions so I've made a shortlist of answers. Q: How long have you been here? A: I am on a 2 month Hawaii/Alaska trip and then I will enter Canada overland this summer via Yukon, Banff to Vancouver (where I will stay 1 year) until summer 2015.
Q: Where do you live? A: I am traveling around the world (as part of a 10 year trip, a general survey mission). I am homeless (by design), although I lived for 17 years in Canada and six years in Iran.
Q: When are you going to stop? And then what? A: After 10 years, I will move up to LEVEL 2, which involves picking my favourite spots (from Level 1) as temporary bases (on various continents). When I find my place I will have reached Level 3 - the final level. But I will always remain a traveler.
Q: How do you do it? Travel around the world? A: I often need to spend a lot of time on the internet to plan for couches and other logistics. The amount of time depends on how many couches I need in a certain area, which is ongoing work and sometimes I need a couple hours per day and then I could be free for many days.
Q: Why did you decide to travel the world? A: to see (and survey) the world.
Q: How do you make money? How can you afford it? A: I am a hitchhiking couchsurfer. I use discount airlines, certain supermarkets and adapt to an anti-consumer lifestyle. I don't visit bars or spend money on liquor, cigarettes, taxis or hotels. I've lived off birthday gifts and teach English (freelance, private sector and certified). I do event reviews (concerts, restaurant critic, film festivals). I'm a professional declutterer. I specialize in astropsychological profile analysis (self-taught). Sometimes as a personal chef as well. I am self-employed however at the moment unemployed because I'm traveling.
Q: Politics? Religion? A: Generally, It's a topic I don't usually wish to discuss. But, to be fair I would like to say I am a Non-Conformist Anti-Globalist and an independent both politically and spiritually. Recently, I've noticed that misinformation from the corporate news media is repeated as fact. For that reason and more, I don't like to talk about what's happening in the news. Having been trained/worked as a journalist I can admit that reporters are often led in what they can say or write by editors, producers and most importantly by gatekeepers (faceless individuals who decide what passes as news for said audience). At this point, I believe it's better to do personal research from opposing sources on the internet (instead of absorbing/consuming mass amounts of popular conjecture). The net is still partly unregulated and therefore less controlled. Also, just travelling and finding out stuff for yourself is a really good approach to acquiring credible information in today's deceptive media world.
Q: How do you pronounce your names? A: "Kaveh" pronounced Kāve - is my given name is the main character in Shahnameh, the Persian epic written by playwright Ferdowsi a thousand years ago where many traditional names originate from. Kaveh is hard to pronounce by many tongues so I use a travel name, Kia (which is also a character from Shahnameh but of far lesser importance). I respond most amicably to Seyed Kaveh which is actually a combination of my given name plus an ancestral family title. So three choices: Seyed Kaveh (or just Kaveh) or failing all else, Kia. Please note my name is pronounced Kāve (NOT Kavey, Kavi, Kavah or Kovay :)
Q: What about your parents? A: Mother is a nurse, father is a theatrical director/owns driving school.
Q: What's the best country? A: I have visited nearly 50 countries. Everywhere is good and bad simultaneously with shades of grey and infinite diversity in infinite complexities. My favourite places are Iceland, Crete, Norway, Switzerland, Canaries for quiet nature, Italy for food/people, Morocco, Oman, Iran for the hospitality and the best of the orient. I also liked Australia to some extent. Places i really want to go to: Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Palestine, Algeria, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia, anywhere in the Sahara.
Q: Don't you want to stop traveling? A: No, not really.
Q: How big's the bag? A: backpack (15kg) + laptop bag
Q: Do you speak any languages? A: Yes, eight other languages.
Q: Don't you miss your family? A: Yes!
Q: Always traveling alone? A: Yes, always alone.
Q: You meet any other travelers like you? A: No, not exactly.
Q: Have you eaten strange foods in your travel? A: No, i don't like to eat everything like guts, pig, dog, head, tail or feet. Also, I avoid industrialized animal foods but i do eat happy meat, dairy and eggs (not from the supermarket). I like direct from the source or the wild. Otherwise, I often go vegetarian. Also, i like to cook wholesome, natural ingredients and avoid artificial foods that are bloating me. But, I always search for the delicious and beautiful :)
Q: Do you want to write a book (after you travels)? A: No, it is not my way.
Q: Why did you leave Iran (for Canada)? A: My parents immigrated when I was 6 years old. I have visited Iran many times (@ age 17 and more recently in 2009 and 2011).
Q: Do you have a blog?~ A: No, Couchsurfing is full-time ;)
Q: What are you looking for? A: I'm looking for amazing views, specialty local cuisine, hidden places and anything else off-the beaten path. I'm also looking for specific people to connect/resonate with.
Q: Where are you based? A: I am baseless however my parents have a house near Vancouver, Canada.
Q: How did you just decide to travel? A: Waited for window of opportunity and then flew the nest.
Q: Do you have any siblings? A: 1 little brother, he looks like me however very different in personality.
Q: Do you keep contact with your Parents? A: Yes! I use email, telephone, voip and ecards (for occasions) to keep in touch, also sometimes have family reunions around the world (as there are some relatives in various different countries and in the past have rendezvous at their place. Both my parents traveled in their 20's (about 4-5 years on international student visas (in the 70's). They support my traveling ideas.
Q: Don't you want to get married? Settle down. A: Only in fantasy. I like the idea of having 5-10 children. But not so keen on the notion of a spouse :)
Q: Don't you ever get tired of traveling? A: No, not really! Sometimes i get traveler's blues and those feelings last a day or two.
Q: What are you going to do with all this travel? A: Nothing/everything, the more experiences the better.
I like doing what hasn't been done, testing my boundaries, sharing what I know with those interested in learning (just like how I enjoy learning about others). My personality traits: crazy, sincere, moody, funny, silly, willful, productive, observant, direct, curious, intense, strict, peculiar, logical, passionate, wanderlust, secure, confident, demanding, sensitive, forward, intuitive, selfish, alert, meticulous, critical, uncanny, puritan, unique, musical, frank, complex, self-assured, determined, spunky, adventurous, instinctive, resourceful, anti-authority, industrious, conscientious, commanding, open, evaluating, attentive, focused, impatient, vigilant, pragmatic, categorical, free, unconventional, radical, unpredictable, whimsical, calculated, responsible, tidy, dominating, systematic, challenging, non-compliant, prudent, generalizing, selective, intrepid, precise, examining, bold, specific, competent, difficult, original, picky, thorough, tactful, free-spirited, dogmatic, cheeky, mysterious, analytical.
Other traits: Probing mind, deep conversation, researcher, healer, self-improvement, tendency to drop out of the system, intense relations with others, preserver of values, against superficial. Strong foresight and vision but often feel punished for attempting to stir/inspire the minds of others. Impact people without realizing. Powerful inner resilience, a hawk's eye, exotic tastes, actively seeks knowledge, nourished by facts and details, complicated thoughts, strong association to the power of Earth, gain calm and inspiration from pleasures of nature. Easily misunderstood. Sometimes hypercritical in communication, uncompromising. Absorbs information like a sponge, interested in systems, structures & patterns. Sensory sensitivity (lights, sounds, and odours often enhanced). A desire for power to heal the world. Usually the first to notice when something doesn't work in a harmonious way or as part of a process. Focuses on meaning such that it's embarrassing in its directness. Attracted to mysterious people. Arguments upset, prefer harmony in communications and to provide service, not leadership. Independent within one-to-one relationships. A keen appreciation of the mysteries of nature. A bit of a hypochondriac. A realist, not an idealist or optimist.
Dry, unfamiliar, often interesting humour. Usually joking. A photogenic memory. Perseverance. Uncommon ability of expression. Comparative mind. Appear to be the odd one out in groups. Philosophically eclectic, deep thinker, original creativity, Self-Exploration, Self-Deception. Spontaneous enthusiasm (but never by request or expectation), a strong sense of tradition, rebellious thoughts, reject the limitations time imposes. Loves to tease. Difficult to accept chain of command especially in specific organizations. Desire to be social but often a loner. Often generalizing/judging (but never with conjecture) . Rather than trying to fit in, inadvertently prefer the world to discover the unique truth of what's being said.
A quick flow of ideas, preferring to view life from an intellectual perspective. Trustworthy with secrets, other people's finances. Master saver. Interested in knowledge, ageless wisdom and mind expansion. Good with words, articulate. Maybe unhappy when faced with uncertainty. Restless. Plays tricks, pranks. Very curious, asks many questions if interested. None, if not. In love with mystery, secrets, and intrigue. Headstrong, occasionally rude. Unpredictable changes where goals are concerned, may change direction a number of times before focusing on a path. Deals in truth, Straight shooter/cuts to the chase. Strong willed, penetrating and individualistic (but enjoy harmony in groups). Very active inner life, psychic ability (clairvoyance). Sensory, energy based ability to read minds and finish other people's thoughts/sentences. An aesthetic sense, affection for pets and small animals. Perceptive, investigative. Free-thinker, original, unconventional approach to life.
PHILOSOPHY: Purity & Nature. Harmony & Beauty.
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China, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia - 45 Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria - 35 United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland) - 42 Mexico, USA, Canada - 90 Spain 17 Morocco- 15 Norway-30 Sweden-7 Italy-75 Oman-8 UAE-6 Iran-45 Turkey-30 Latvia-20 Estonia-10 Finland-10 Syria-10- Jordan-6 Greece-35 Denmark-5 Iceland - 10 Holland-15 Belgium - 8 Switzerland - 18 Austria - 13 Portugal -17 Canaria - 15 Ireland- 25 Sri Lanka - 10 India- 45 Nepal - 10 Australia (all states) - 150 New Zealand - 40
Like: the sound of wind, storms, palm trees, tropical fruits, jogging, wineries, lush mountains, garlic, basil (and other herbs), parks, gardens, sunlight, tomatoes, blue, open sky, the ocean, white clouds, breeze, sunsets, crashing waves, clear nights, low traffic, starlight, cool forest, natural water, chili, raw food, hedonism, artisan beer, singing, natural methods, yogurt, escapism, strength training, taste testing, pasta, oils (like olive, coconut, flax), Iranian style dancing, alternative healing practices, vegetarian gastronomy, quiet nature, world music, libraries, aromatherapy, languages, improvisational no-recipe cooking, surfing the net, landscape photography, natural beauty, camping, permaculture, national parks, feta, experimental gardening (herbal, floral, and produce), mediterranean cuisine, nuts, and other superfoods, healthy, wholesome, natural foods, freecycling, pilates, lemons, local products (esp. cheese), freshwater activities (not saltwater), homemade soap and shampoo, natural fabrics, medicinal herbs, watching movies in bed, novelty, alchemy, sea salt, plants, birdsong, research, healthy, unconventional living, animals, cats (dogs can be nice too), candle light, greenery, calm sounds, the cosmos, moonlight, the occult (hidden knowledge), astrology, flowers, sweets, fragrances, the desert, the wind, the silence, and the wild.
Dislike: Pop music/culture, artificial foods, like hot dogs/sausages, tourist traps, crowds, nudism, gray sky, neckties, city life, museums/zoos (prefer a more hands-on approach), facebook/twitter/iphone, lonely planet guidebooks, big groups (I'm better at 1-1 communication), backpacker hostels, loud/smokey bars (but I still like to have a drink), shopping/malls, aggressive economic/athletic competition, interviews, endless, heated discussions, radio/TV commercials, infotainment, loud noises, biting insects, a plastic world, rootlessness, commuting, bright lights, cold/humid weather (love the dry heat), repetition/small talk, traffic noise, history (misleading as usually favours one-side), heavy marketing/advertising, most popular stuff, including corporate news and newspapers (independent sources are better). I disagree with many big corporations/institutions (i.e military, religion, banking, public education, parties/government and other social control systems). Also with unicultural societies (illusioned as multicultural). Basically, I don't like the current way governments or corporations (public and private) affect the beliefs of people. I'm against the trend toward a herding mentality.
I enjoy uncommon, direct, happy people living an alternative lifestyle or people of the anti-establishment. Limitless, crazy, genuine, funny (with a sense of humour), peculiar, agreeable, laughing, uncomplicated, passive, laidback, extrasensory, peaceful, non-argumentative, non-political, fair/carefree, , calm, clean, helpful, loyal, considerate, hospitable, deep, generous. People who pick up hitchhikers. Smiling people with kind eyes, a warm heart, People who don't care/need to know what time it is. Nerds/geeks of all sorts, people with a non-mainstream approach/outlook. Non-trendy. Compassionate, different people. unusual, eccentric, altruistic. Strong cultured people. Psychic, mysterious. Intelligent. Noam Chomsky. Robert Kennedy. Che Guevera.
People i don't get along with as well (I'm sorry if it seems long and daunting): People who try/need to be a leader (the Alpha male). Passive-aggressive. Dishonest taxi drivers, crude, unreliable, vulgar (i.e. regularly burping loudly in public), chauvinist, drunkard/alcoholic, violent, globalist, fashionista, superficial, vane. Artificial people. Globalized people who neglect their roots/cultural heritage. Those who depend too much on the media for their information/watch a lot of television, ask me too many questions (i.e. interview). Idealists with imposing philosophies/little practical experience. Ignorant, superior, insecure, misinformed (and OK with it), trendy, typical, conformist, yuppie, superficial chatter, classicist, touchy, insular, irritable, macho/feminist, noisy eaters, (esp. slurping), posh. Fake Loudmouths. Pushy, creepy expats. People who hate immigrants (or blame them for social problems). People who exclude, ignore or generally feel uncomfortable with others based on cultural or religious clothing. Nosy, Shallow, fearful, anal-retentive, corporate, popular, greedy, distant, insincere, angry, paranoid, disloyal, robotic, dry, nervous, dull, sticklers (for the rules or overly obedient), suspicious, confusing, excessively sarcastic, dizzy, cold, rigid, tightly strung up people or those who always need to have the last word. Conditioned capitalists. People who watch/read a lot of biased news and get set in a rigid thought pattern and find it challenging to hear opposing new information. Basically people who don't like to be rebutted. I am not overtly religious, but due to recent experiences I must say I will not enjoy the company of any person showing hatred toward Muslims or people who fear Iran or its neighbours, respectively (especially if they are basing their opinions from the corporate news media or movies). Similarly, people who still refer to the developing nations as third world countries. Other incompatible types: People who worry too much, always talk about time, safety, and security, too much into business, regularly dine at McDonald's (and similar restaurants). Say "ignorance is bliss" instead of seeking answers, lazy MTV people, media whores and other masses of sheeple.
Music: Beautiful, traditional, instrumental, peaceful music. Iranian traditional instruments (Ney, Daf, Santur, Dotar, (Saaz va Avaaz)), Japanese/Chinese traditional wind instruments. Tibetan, Sanskrit, and Iranian devotional music, Hindi love songs, Indian "Hindustani" classical music, (flute). Kurdish dengbej/halperke, older Romani manele, Nohe/Zikr and the Iranian religious trance, Zedbazi, Slow Jazz, happy Jazz, folk, oriental dance music, drums, Celtic voice, more flutes, harp, very particular African music, like Kora, Salif Keita, 1920's, 1930's music. Armenian duduk, Sounds of nature, Islamic nasheed, Aboriginal (flute again), romantic French music, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and other classical, 80's music, Electronica sub-genres like 2-step garage, breakstep, and Space buddha (and his psychedelica), fado (Amalia Rodrigues), alpha Blondie, bouzouki, Iranian bandari, mariachi, guitar of the Canary islands, Portuguese guitar, rumba flamenca, tarrantella, steel drums, mandolino, marimba, charango,, classical Napoletano, Iranian oldies, various American oldies like johnny cash & pink floyd and more. Film: Epic, Award winning, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Iranian Cinema, Mafia, Documentary, Foreign, Trailer Park Boys, The Office, wikileaks, Dead Poets Society, before night falls, into the wild, oz, Dances with Wolves, Apocolypto, leaving las vegas, malcolm x, bobby, a clockwork orange, tombstone, 25th hour. basketball diaries, lean on me, braveheart, casino, catch me if you can, davandeh (the runner), once upon a time in america, godfather, goodfellas, heat, legends of the fall, lost in translation, rabbit proof fence, life of pi, mongol, no country for old men, serpico, road to perdition, scarface, rob roy, ladykillers, warrior, breaking bad, the life aquatic, butterfly effect, kingdom of heaven, submarine movies, dystopia/utopia genre, outlander, lotr, gandhi, ratatouille, blue planet, frozen planet, planet earth, human planet, national geographic, other nature programs, food programs, science programs, or anything more nostalgic from childhood (Star Trek).
I've climbed sea rocks off Malaysia's tropical Islands. Riding motorbike through hilly Northern Thailand. Bamboo boating on the Li river. Climbing the East Tibetan Himalayas, running out of oxygen, food and water at 4500m and following locals on the mountain back to their village for dinner, plus much more.
I can teach others astropsychology, ethnomusicology, improvisational cooking, the natural world, Internet research, English pronunciation, Iran and help debunk myths about Islam (to widen the perspective).
I also like to learn MANY topics specific to the country I'm visiting.
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