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Melanie McDougall

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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Overview

  • 30 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2011
  • Non-profit Planning Coordinator
  • Bachelors in Psychology and Master's...
  • From Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To learn about different cultures, and what makes people happy in different parts of the world. To have exciting adventures in the wilderness of different countries doing different activities!

ABOUT ME

I am an energetic adventurer who likes to meet new people and bring people together. I'm very active with outdoor activities and swing dancing.

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PHILOSOPHY

There are a lot of really awesome things, when you don't condemn anything!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I enjoy meeting local and international people at couch surfing events as well as through surfing or hosting. I am always looking for new people to have adventures with!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've couchsurfed in Whales, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Poland, and created some unforgettable memories! I could not imagine travelling without it now!

Interests

Traveling, waterpolo, biking, unicycling, swing dancing, boldering, salsa, canoe polo, scuba diving, canoeing, camping, caving, climbing, hiking, cross-country skiing, ice skating, snorkeling, beach volleyball, sailing, kayaking, cooking, windsurfing, snow kiting, playing the accordion and musicals.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: - I really enjoy listening to Indie Rock: Beirut, 100 mile house, Forest City Lovers, Joel Plaskett, Dan Mangan, Yann Tiersen, Mumford and Sons, Mother Mother and Andrew Bird just to name a few. - I'm also a big fan of Jazz/blues music which I mainly listen to when I'm swing dancing. - I have a soft spot for classic rock as my dad plays a lot of this type of music. - I've been to few great electro concerts - All in all though I like most music.

Movies: - Recently I've been getting into some good British films/tv shows. - Favorite TV shows: Dr. Horrible, Pushing Daisies, Dead like me, Fire fly, House and Sherlock Holmes - Favorite Movies: Analyze this, Good Will Hunting, Greece and Princess Bride - However, in generally I don't watch many films or TV shows

Books: - My favorite book at the moment is "Zen and the art of Motorcycle maintenance".

One Amazing Thing I've Done

While backpacking for the first time in Europe, I decided that I'd like to learn to sail. So a few days later I signed up for a week in the south of France with a non-profit organization called "Les Glenans". There I learned to sail a Catameran while living with French locals and internationals doing the same. When we weren't out on the water we would cook, clean our accommodations and explore local towns together. I learned a great deal about French culture, cooked many different French dishes and enjoyed time on the water. I enjoyed the experience so much that I cancelled the rest of my travel plans and spent a second week learning to sail there.

Teach, Learn, Share

Things I can teach: - Swing dancing - English / French - Canadian and French Canadian culture - Interesting psychology facts - How to bake banana bread - Cheap traveling tips

I want to learn: - about different cultures - to cook/bake cultural foods - technical skills (more about camping, climbing, dancing, ect). - Nature in different areas - People's life philosophies

I would like to share: - Adventures! - Cultural experiences and knowledge - Recipes and food

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Germany, United Kingdom

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