Laurence Hamelin

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning German, Italian
  • 27, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • Learning
  • Writing / Communications
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About Me


Still cultivating the hope that Couchsurfing isn't dead. Severe case of denial, isn't it?


Me? I'm a girl, something like 5'1'' and 110 pounds (after morning poop) and I like to write, talk, act, growl when I wake up in the morning and bite my cat's ear when I get an intense burst of affection for it.

Lately? Working for my very own lil' business of copywriting and translation (yay freelancing!), writing creative stuff (when I stop making myself espressos to procrastinate) and sometimes (rarely) acting.

It's a lot, but I may just be compensating for all these years of taking it too easy. Might bring this up with my shrink next week!


I'd say I'm fairly easygoing and quite curious. Surprisingly, as the years go by, it seems like I'm getting better at managing my emotions, which is really convenient socially.

I also like to spend most of my time listening to people cleverer than me.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Is it a roof and a friend that you need? Yeah, I've been on those park benches before and I know they're not the most charismatic things. Plus with all these English-Canadians looming in the streets at night, you might end up playing in an indie rock band in a plaid shirt and bearing a slick 'stache before you even know it.

And if Philippe and I ever knock at your door (oh, we will) please let us in. We were well brought-up and won't shit in the plants, I swear.

I'm limited language-wise, but French, English, Spanish or Parseltongue should probably do it.


Back in the days, I couchsurfed around England, Scotland and Ireland, and also around Eastern-ish Europe. Most wonderful memories of those mostly solitary trips.

Also, that other wierdo baleze and I managed our way a couple years ago around Peru and Bolivia, based only on the people who looked cool and wanted us over; the diversity of hosts we had and their devotion was incredibly inspiring.

We cycled around Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands and couchsurfed everytime we could; I don't know if experience showed us a couple tricks, but we just had the awesomest hosts.

Last summer, I found two potential adoptive mothers for myself in Burghausen and Treviso. No like, for real.

Speaking of mothers, we've hosted the most amazing family of five lately in our small flat (hello, the Caudles!) and I kind of feel my ovaries getting all crazies. I'm not sure what to think of THAT.

Finally, we got to stay with amazing Chinese and expats hosts in China in June 2014, and it really made the whole trip much more acceptable in terms of mental health! China can be a bit overwhelming at times!


As of right now, Philippe and I are less travelling and more looking to make a difference around us and in our city. So we've been working along with a team of six amazing people-friends on building a non-profit called UTILE and developing a new model of affordable student housing, here in Montreal.

I also started my own copywriting/translation business here in Montreal, it's going pretty well!

Oh, and in our spare time, Philippe and I are training for triathlon, which we just started this year and is amazeballs. Plus, it just lets us have an excuse for all that cycling, since yes, one of the coolest thing to do in Montreal to cycle around the city to discover all that it has to offer.

Also lately:
- Running, cycling and swimming (triathlon, yay!)
- Bees and urban apiculture
- DIY stuff in general (beerbeerciderbeer)
- Design blogs (don't hate!)
- Yoga and meditation
- Writing
- Geography
- Photography

Music, Movies, and Books

I think picking cultural faves is absolutely ridiculous for many reasons, so let's just talk about these things when we meet, alright?

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

- Being a part of the Rainbow/ San Pedro team back in the depth of the Moon Valley
- Not humiliating myself in a no-bathroom-twelve-hours-by-night-in-the-mountains-of-south-america bus ride
- Cycling 3700 km in two months and pedaling up the Pyrénées
- Cycling up the Grossglockner Road from Austria to Italy (what were we thinking?)

Teach, Learn, Share

Food. Anything about it. Food's pretty awesome and it grows everywhere at our place. Hopefully you also like food and also have the ability to eat it/ prepare it.

Social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, mental and physical health, spirituality. Let's talk!

People and studying them is one of the things I like to do best. So there you go, you already know how much I'd like to meet you and study you share experiences.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Are you kidding me? What is happening to the good ol' Couchsurfing vibe anyways?

I can offer both hosts AND guests nothing more or less than proper, interesting, genuine, heartfelt and desired human interaction. Hope that'll do.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Austria, Canada

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