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make art and be happy
i like fiddling in my paint box, drawing obscure objects and filling the lines in with water colours. i like cafe con leche and herb gardens.
social discourse theory feeds my creative habit. reading french theorists feeds by intellectual habit. watching films that aren't a waste of time feed by laid back habit. learning new things from people i meet (esp. skills!) feeds my student habit.
im a diamond way buddhist and like like to meditate.
i can canoe very well, not many people know that. live acoustic sets in coffee shops/bars downtown are cool, so is being ridiculous. when i want to be serious i try to pair my wine with food. if you stay at my place you can expect to drink a lot of tea/wine/coffee/pear juice.
im shy unless i know you. (im working on this!)
"as all things are mind, one may as well laugh loudly." ole nydahl
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
i surf. i host.
i couchsurfed my way around nova scotia, as well as paris, and every corner of spain, berlin too. best way to meet the most fantastic people in the cities you visit. i have had some other encounters on couch surfing as well that have turned into beautiful friendships. i have hosted a constant flow of travellers in granada too.
more recently in budapest i've met/showed around a few wanderlusting travellers and i hope there will be more to come.
canoeing, downtowns, fern gully, antique book stores, tinfoil dinners, town discount cinemas, travelling, trees, triscuit crackers, veganism, afgans, tibetan, licorice, love, mittens, muskoka dry, national geographic, right whales, orange juice, painting, karmapa, cindy sherman, reading, record players, quinoa, lomography, scarves, spring rolls, stars, sunflowers, suzy gomez, the colour green, mint tea, hemp granola, and thrift stores, cabernet merlot.
Music, Movies, and Books
marshal mcluhan. john berger. jerzy kosinsky. hélène cixous. jean-luc nancy. kurt vonnegut. ole nydahl. luigi pirandello. conrad. sartre. roland barthes. ernest hemingway. margaret atwood. milan kundera.
nina simone. cat power. simon and garfunkle. polmo polpo. broadcast. deefhoof. grizzly bear. cut copy. pretty lights. sts9. wax tailor. she&him. la nouvelle vague. mgmt. the kooks. plants and animals. sun ra ra ra. the foals. timber timbre. joan baez. 18001. devendra banhart. maximo park. d&b. dub-step. freundeskreis. ceu.
jean-luc godard. wes anderson. alejandro jodorowsky. woody allen.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
i saw picasso's guernica... it brought everyting into perspective for me and my artistic side. i called home immediately from madrid and cancelled my university applications, changed them, and send them off again. i think my parents still think it was a little impulsive. im indifferent. art is what i breathe. if you ever go to madrid make it a priority to visit the reina sofia museum.
Teach, Learn, Share
i can canoe and portage too.
you know, i always wanted to learn how to knit socks, i have failed miserably everytime i have tried. (update: i have successfully knit one pair of socks!)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Hungary, Spain, United Kingdom