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My first stop in a new city is always to the market. You can tell a lot about a place and the people in it by what you find in grocery stores and markets.
You immediately get a sense for the socioeconomic conditions, ethnicities, and the culture. What impulse buys are placed near the check out? How are people dressed to go shopping? Are people being social with each other or are they just plowing through like this is a chore. What's the atmosphere? Loud and bustling sensory overload? Or does the fluorescent lit store smell of cleaning products while 90's soft rock plays at an inoffensive volume overhead?
What else... I do yoga sporadically, race sailboats on Tuesdays, and just started a pottery class.
For work, I used to run pop up restaurants and wine tours in Vancouver, but I've been in Baltimore almost a year now on a writing job.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Staying in hostels you meet other travellers, which is cool too but staying with a local you get a deeper cut of the culture in a place.
Plus, Couchsurfing is just a great way to learn how incredibly open, warm and friendly the world is. People are good, I'm convinced of that.
Brewing, pottery (especially raku), cooking, food science, working on farms, perfume, consumer psychology, not wearing shoes, archery, strength training, making bread, sailing, yoga.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books: I read way too much non-fiction. Usually business books, personal development & cook books.
Music: folk, hip hop and rap, fun reggae beats, jazz, indie and I like those nature sound CDs that your mom listens to when she takes a bubble bath.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I was on a hitchhiking trip around the gulf islands off the coast of BC. Chopping wood for somebody who picked me up in exchange room and board. This misty summer rain had settled in and made everything perfect. Time melted away and for some reason that has been one of the most satisfying moments in my life.
Driving through the West Australian desert for days. Air conditioning's broken. Heat waves rising from the land blur out the landscape and make it impossible to see farther than a few hundred yards in any direction. Another one of the most peaceful feelings of my life.
Teach, Learn, Share
Well, I'm happy to teach you a couple easy but incredible recipes you can rely on if you aren't confident with your cooking.
Or I could teach you how to make the best bread you've ever had.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'll probably be spending most of my time there seeking out food which you will benefit from when I bring home tasty things.
I've got stories, would love to hear yours.
You can admire/hate my man bun.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Singapore, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, United States