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Neal O'Grady

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Overview

  • 12 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Blogger/Web Developer
  • Mechanical Engineering at the Univer...
  • From Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
  • Profile 90% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Experience things, good and bad.

ABOUT ME

I'm a west coast Canadian with an Irish passport. From Oct 2014 - Apr 2015 I traveled throughout 15 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 mandarin, web development, and various other skills. I highly enjoy underground electronic music.

I used to work as a freelance web developer, but now I work remotely as a blogger for a San Francisco based web startup.

PHILOSOPHY

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 extremely stoic. I try to never allow my emotions to get the best of me.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've surfed, 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.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've surfed several times and they were a fantastic experience. 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.

Interests

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 & 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 us anglophones). 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 6 languages if you wish. I'm a web developer, a writer, marketer, and an engineer, if that's any use to you. Otherwise, I can share my love and passion for discussing topics of all kinds.

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Canada

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