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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? (Yuck)
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, then I moved to Baltimore for a writing job, now I'm exploring Europe.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
Staying in hostels you meet other travellers, which is cool too but couchsurfing 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 and craft beer (I am a Certified Cicerone), wood work, 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 but I'm currently reading A Moveable Feast.
Music: folk, bluegrass, hip hop & rap, fun reggae beats, jazz, classical. Pretty much anything except opera or music from the baroque era.
Podcasts: This American Life, RadioLab, NPR's Planet Money, The Tim Ferriss Show, Stuff You Should Know, Freakanomics Radio, Cooking Issues, Good Beer Hunting
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Chopping wood for somebody who had picked me up as I was hitchhiking through the gulf islands off the coast of BC. This was summer but of course in BC there’s always rain. On this particular day it was a soft, misty sort of rain falling in the forest. I peeled my shirt off and swung the axe for hours with nowhere to be, no stress and nothing to think about. It was the simplest activity but for some reason I remember it as one of the most peaceful and satisfying moments. Still makes me smile to think about!
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.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Mexico, Nicaragua, Singapore, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, United States