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Love my brothers and sisters, the Earth. Preserve it.
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UPDATE = MOVING TO TORONTO FROM MONTREAL.
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Supertramp, with the difference that I didn't end up dead at the end of the movie like that poor kid did...
I survived Hungary with 40 dollars canadian. I used the Géllert baths to get cash out of my credit card every morning. Pretty good, huh? I also survived Mexico with cien dólares, or mil pesos, yes amigo! I didn't have a sombrero, but I made wonderful new amigos on my trip.
I went pretty often to California from Montreal at 300$, actually taking the bus overnight to Boston for 80$ r/t, then flying out of Boston to California and back for 220$ after tax r/t. That's what I call maximize the profit, minimize the cost... principles learnt from Operations Research at U de Montréal! But that's no longer the case with higher energy costs and all. Greyhound raised their fares way too much for anyone's pocket, so did the airlines by charging fees for everything. BUT so it seems that California is still cheap from New York Airports... quite a longer way than connecting from a bus to a plane in Boston, but it's pretty easy to get a rideshare to Boston or NYC, pretty easy to get it back to Montreal as well. And connecting to your cheap airfare is a matter of how many subway lines you've got to take...
SO to say that, after two years and some months of Greyhound and Amtrak, I think the best deal is to go on craigslist, get a ride or offer one, then fly out of Boston Logan or New York Kennedy/LGA to wherever you have to go!
Now, the surprise this year with a slowing economy: Flying out of Canada had never been so inexpensive. BUT, our federal government still thinks that air passengers are like cows to milk out all that money out of airport fees. Liberals, you lost my faith in you. You sold your souls to the Tory government! I am glad my riding went Orange (Outremont), then I was forced to move to a Bloc riding (Rosemont) urgh! Which is now and Orange riding, well...
I can go to Europe pretty unexpensive. Even with higher petrol prices... Anywhere if I had more time and resources. Switzerland was never expensive for me, even though I was a student then.
I was working as a staffer at Jewish General Hospital, about four blocks from my home. It was a very tense time ... Oh, I am glad I'm gone from there. I've got a scholarship, but I won't be wearing those funny clothes for graduation heheh.
I need to reinvent myself to travel and make it part of my living. Would you help?
I like doing things money can afford, but my life is not about money! It's rather the experience, brotherhood, love, and freedom without interfering with someone's freedom.
Have been a naturist since 2001. What I think about it? It feels GREAT to get rid of the clothes... Unfortunately, a lot of people think it's sex oriented. If you don't know me well and want to jerk off, I am not into it (Otherwise, why would you ask me for a larger version of my photo?). I am here because I am a naturist, and it's something I should enjoy more.
Some other people think naturism is something that belongs to warm weather, the summer, the beach... wrong! It's truly a lifestyle and I don't limit it! The beauty about it is that you don't have to be rich or poor to be nude. If you are truly a nudist, say hello here.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
* I go to local CS meetings. That is, when I am in my own town or visiting.
* I want to host surfers.
* I want to go hitchhiking, backpacking and couchsurfing Europe NOW.
* I help other travellers figure out their travel patterns, costs, and give them a myriad of travel tips. From untold secret corners to helpful cost-effective tips.
My Most Recent Guest:
Sean, Edmonds, Wash, USA, Feb 2012
Marty, Dallas, Tex., May 2008
Christian, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, May 2008
Larry, Cambridge, Mass, USA, July 2008
Max, Cambridge, Mass, USA, July 2008
My hosts (2011):
Ian, London, UK, Jul 2011
Thierry 'Misty' Alexandre, London, UK, Jan 2011
Thomas, Lugano, Switzerland, Jul 2011
Darius, SF, Calif, USA, Sept 2011
Fede, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 2011
Jeffrey, London, UK, Jul 2011
Renato, Trento, Alto-Adige, Italy, Jul 2011
Antony, Glastonbury, UK, Jun 2011
Palmer, BRC, Nevada, USA, Sept 2011
Allison, BRC, Nevada, USA, Sept 2011
Pete, London, UK, Jan 2011
Kirill, NYC, USA, Sept & Dec 2011
Paul, NYC, USA, Sept 2011
Robert 'Bob', NYC, USA, Apr 2011
Marcus, Vienna, Austria, May 2011
Alex, Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany, 2011
Tomáš, Bratislava, Slovakia, May 2011
Stuart, NYC, USA, Sept & Dec 2011
Szabolcs, Budapest, Hungary, Apr 2011
Mike, NYC, USA, Apr 2011
D.J., NYC, USA, Apr 2011
Everett, NYC, USA, Sept & Dec 2011
My hosts (2005-2007):
Brian, Pittsburgh, Penn., USA , 1998 & 2000 & 2004 & 2007
Antoine, Paris, France, Jun 2005
Andre, Neuville & Pont-Rouge, PQ, Canada, Jul 2006
Max, Cambridge, Mass, USA, 2007
Brendan, Montreal, PQ, Canada, 2005 & 2006 & 2007
Coop Généreux, Montreal, PQ, Canada, March 2005 & March 2011
My hosts (2009-2010):
Laurent, Montreal, PQ, Canada, 2008 & 2009 & 2010
Martial, Lausanne, Switzerland, Jul 2010
Volker, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Heinrich, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Stefan, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Thomas, Vienna, Austria, 2010
Maxime, Montreal, Canada, 2010
Michael, Fonda, NY, USA, 2009
Scott, Miami, Fla., USA, May 2010
Michael, Montreal, PQ, Canada, Jun 2009 & Jun 2010
Maria, Santiago, Chile, Nov 2010
Stefan, Berlin, Germany, 2010
Sean, Tacarigua, Trinidad, May 2010
Mikka, Helsinki, Finland, Jun 2010
Oscar, Turku, Finland, Jun 2010
Dimitris, Piraeus, Athina, Greece, Jun 2010
David, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., USA, Feb 2009
McCray, Yosemite, Calif., USA, Sept 2009
Paul and Junior, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 2009
Juan Pablo, Tunja, Colombia, Nov 2009
My hosts (2008):
Larry, Cambridge, Mass, USA, 2008
Jairo, Miami, Fla., USA, 2008
Roger, Palm Springs, USA, 2008
Teddy, Gloversville, NY, USA, 2008
Dennis, London, UK, Oct 2008
Ariel, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, Oct 2008
Gil, New York City, USA, 2008
James, Palm Desert, Calif., USA, Jan 2008
* I travel with my bicycle 80% of the time, even travel between cities with it.
* I have a keen interest in World History. Call me a nerd if you feel like it.
* I camp nude 80% of the time, either at campgrounds catered to it, or at the Radical faeries' Sactuaries around the world.
* I develop software solutions and databases as an IT consultant. US Border Patrol asked me a few times if I ever worked, meaning why all the travel, to which I replied "Officer, i AM an IT consultant, that's what I said".
* I volunteer for events, namely: GNI gathering, Burning Man, Faerie Circles.
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One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Teach, Learn, Share
Get Low-cost Broadway tix (NYC):
Free Internet at the Airport:
YUL Montreal: USA departures gates C, just go to C73 in front of Air Canada Maple Leaf, take wifi "DataValet". Same for gate B55 Intl Departures, and A3 Domestic Departures.
BOS Boston Logan, SFO San Francisco Intl, OAK Oakland Intl, LAS Las Vegas and DFW Dallas/Ft Worth have free internet services. DFW requires the use of an ethernet cable.
Anywhere else in the USA: go in front of American Airlines Admirals Club, select "admiralsclub", and put someone's AAdvantage number with membership in that club. I am using "1YX1994" heheh heheh.
You're gonna say that I am crazy! But I've learnt every way to avoid the tolls in New York!
Alternative to the Thruway Upstate through to Albany? Voilà: the Taconic State Parkway! I just drove it the day after Valentine's Day, and it takes 15 minutes more than the Thruway to Albany... but hey. it's cute, it's safe, and it's FREE! I took it from the Bronx by way of taking either I-87 or the Cross County Expy in Westchester County (which you can take from either I-87 or Bronx River Pkwy or Saw Mill Pkwy), then Exit 6 to Sprain Brook Pkwy which becomes the Taconic Pkwy (Taconic is mentioned on the exit sign). Then I avoided paying a toll barrier for the Berkshire Thruway extension by taking the Exit to SR 203 in Columbia County, drove on that highway to Village of Valatie to Rt 9 Jct, then northbound on Rt 9 to the free section of I-90 into Albany... and then to Montreal, no tolls at all, same time!
No Toll Route NYC-Montreal
Now, from or to Toronto...
Partial Toll Route Map NYC-Toronto
If coming already on the Thruway... Alternative to expensive bridges and tunnels in New Jersey? Voilà: Bear Mountain Bridge is the solution for just $1.00, then connects to Rte 9, Rte 9A, and the Parkway system! Follow that order southbound.
Alternative to Long Island? Voilà: take Queensboro Bridge, or Manhattan/Brooklyn Bridges downtown, then connect to the BQE and on to the LIE!
Alternative to NJ Turnpike? Take Rte 1-9 from Jersey City all the way to Philadelphia!
Avoid the tolls, who's in SUCH a hurry on a weekend anyways?
And alternative to Greyhound? Check out postings for Rideshares here on CS and on Craigslist. I hate Greyhound!
Gas is less expensive in NJ, but it may come at a cost depending on your path. Avoid purchasing gas in Canada as much as possible: it's like 5 bucks a gallon here.
Finally, I wish I had a hybrid car... well, I wish it was fully electric! And I am a physicist, and I am confident there will be no-emissions cars!
Countries I’ve Visited
Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Germany, United States, Venezuela