Neal O'Grady

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Fluent in English, French; learning Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Web Developer and Copywriter
  • Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia
  • From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me


Experience things, good and bad.


My personal website is a good source of information about me:

I'm a west coast Canadian (Vancouver) with an Irish passport. From Oct 2014 - Apr 2015 I traveled throughout 12 countries in Asia, and ever since I've been bouncing around Europe. I adore learning languages and pretty much anything else. I've self-learned french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, some dutch, some mandarin, web development, and various other skills. I highly enjoy underground electronic music.

I'm alternating between periods of purely traveling, and periods of working as a freelancer while traveling.


To learn, and do as many new things as possible. To meet others and be inspired by their difference perspectives and experiences. I have a personal philosophy to only do things I enjoy (unless I've never tried it before) and to discover what all those things are. I did a university degree I hated and I refuse to ever do that again. I'm also easy-going and you will never get me into an argument. I just don't do it.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've surfed, and I've hosted. In Montreal I used to go to local hangouts all the time, and now that I'm bouncing around the world, I'm participating a lot more.


I've surfed several times and they were fantastic experiences. I've hosted twice and each time they were great people I'd gladly see again. Besides that I loved all the local meetups in Montreal.


Electronic music, writing, languages, reading, fitness, health, programming, psychology, sociology, philosophy, instruments. Anything and everything. If you talk about anything that isn't super banal and mundane, you'll have me hooked and we'll talk for hours.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Underground techno, tech house, and deep house. I mostly enjoy things that one could dance to, or things in the language I'm learning

Movies... Waking Life and Boyhood. But generally more of a TV series person. Flight of the Conchords, Mighty Boosh, Sci-Fis like Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and then a lot of HBO series and shows like Californication, Dexter, etc.

Books: Fight Club, Meditations, Pihkal, Dracula, American Psycho, Harry Potter (working on the 4th language so far)! But mostly I love reading non-fiction (I read a lot of non-fiction) and classics. My favourites are the ones by Alexandre Dumas (the original French versions!).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I bought and rode a motorcycle in Vietnam for 3 weeks in Feb 2015. In the process I lost 95% of my worldly possessions when my bag fell off my bike, leaving me in the middle of Vietnam with just my wallet, passport, clothes on my back, and the few odds and ends. I continued the trip living out of a tiny bag, slowly replacing things as I went. It was a rough time, including food poisoning, but the gorgeous environment and amazing local experiences kept me going.

The first few times I've had full conversations completely in French, walking away and realizing... Wow... I didn't use English at all (that's a crazy idea to an anglophone). It was an amazing feeling that has kept me going. I've had many of these since then, in several languages.

What I Can Share with Hosts

We can communicate in any of my languages, to practice and learn together. I'm a web developer, a writer, and an engineer—if that's any use to you. Otherwise, I can share my love and passion for discussing damn near any topic.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In


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