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Stephen Kempa

Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

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  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Helping like. Here and there as it m...
  • A year of university in anthropology...
  • From Maple Ridge (45 minutes east of Vancouver)
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About Me

A bit of a lost traveler, roaming the roads of the world, sleeping on beaches, in forests, on mountains, or in cozy abandoned buildings when I can. I'm driven by those cliche big mysteries of life/the universe, and playing with all the animals I find.

I'm an introvert, and have a much better time sitting in silent contemplation on a beach, on a cliff, or in the window of some long dead building than partying it up at "the place to be." The off-chance I meet someone the same, I LOVE good conversations on strange things. That can be morbid humor to the nature or reality.

I dream of one day living in a hobbit house in a deep dark forest, where I randomly follow a wizard out into the world, to return years later with stories, dwarven gold, and as much wisdom as I can pack in this little head.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

To be honest, these past few years I have questioned why i'm here. The whole idea seems to be becoming more mainstream, which while good in theory, seems to be changing the core of what this is. People have to mass-message to get maybe one reply, hosts are becoming more cynical and nit-picky about who they're accepting, and it just seems to be straying from what it was.

That being said, I originally joined to meet locals in a deeper way than I would at a hostel or simply passing through a city or town (though I tend to avoid the bigger concrete jungles these days).

Interests

Reading, music, computer games, military history, medieval and ancient era's, hiking, camping, hitchhiking, spirituality, Buddhism, Taoism, Gnosticism, Deism, Theosophy, old pagan religions, deep conversations, castles, forests, mountains, living in nature, stealth camping, learning about other cultures as I travel through places (but who doesn't on here, eh?), the occult, gothic/medieval architecture, new and exciting types of beer, astral projection, meditation, contemplation, my ancestry, bushcraft, sustainable technology (Not too knowledgeable but would love to learn more)

Music, Movies & Books

Books: The sword of truth series, On the Road, Walden, A Song of Ice and Fire (series), Oryx and Crake, LOTR trilogy, anything HP Lovecraft, 7 Years in Tibet, Road to Katmandu, The Eternal Warrior series, Plato, Thoreau, Nietzsche, dark tower series, Wheel of Time series, Steppenwolf

I'm very much into my music. I use music to sooth my mind most of the time, especially when in deep thought. My favorites would be Neofolk, folk noir, neoclassical, old rock, old country, bluegrass, opera, classical, industrial, metal, psybient, ambient, techno, world

Bands: Pink Floyd, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Jethro Tull, My Dying Bride, Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Led Zeppel, Slayer, Hank Williams, Loreena McKennitt, Triarii, Chopin,Iron Cross, Dead Can Dance, Laibach, Mezamazing, Hank III, Brendan Perry, Disturbed, Bob Marley, Flogging Molly, Petroleum By-Product, Sabaton, Glorywhore, Rammstein, Megaherz, Stahlhammer, Samuel Barber, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Simon & Garfunkle, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Metallica, Secret Sphere, Black Label Society, Bruce Dickinson, Dark Funeral, Nightwish, Oomph!, Marilyn Manson, Hanzel und Gretyl, Draconian, Wagner, Vader, Amon Amarth, Battered, Combichrist, Deathstars, The Skinflicks, The Skatalites, The Specials, The Oppressed, Judge Dread, Manowar, Von Thronstahl, Hub City Stompers, The Real McKenzies, The Wrecktals, Trollband, Johnny Cash, Bone Daddies, TYR, The Skoidats, The Dreadnoughts, Dropkick Murphys, Aracana, Sol Invictus, Irfan, Rome, Terra Ambient, Lisa Gerrard, buddhist chants

I love my movies as well. Mostly into bizarre/mind-**** sort of films, dark horror (hack and slash is fine for a laugh, but Lovecraft has the right idea), and movies that keep you thinking after they are long finished.

Into the Wild (one of my favorites), The Cross of Iron, Romper Stomper, American History X, Pulp Fiction, Secret Window, Platoon, Downfall, Midnight Express, Natural Born Killers, Scarface, Blow, Nineteen Eighty-Four, I Am David, The Machinist, Apocalypse Now, Jarhead, House of a Thousand Corpses, The Devils Rejects, Gattaca, THX 1138, Icon, The Boondock Saints, A Clockwork Orange, This is England, American Psycho, SWEENEY TODD, Ghost in the Shell, the man from earth, the fountain, solaris, pandorum, Pink Floyd: The Wall, the Hellraiser movies, the man who fell to earth, pretty much any movie that leads to that feeling or desire for transcendence

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hm... Joined the military, which is an entire, crazy world in itself.

I hitchhiked my way through Southern England to the northern tip of Scotland, and then hitched pretty much all of Norways' coast (the best experience of my Euro trip). I went south through Sweden, then over to Poland. From there I headed to southern Germany and up to Berlin. Finally I visited Amsterdam. It was a two month trip, and was definitely one of the greatest things I have ever done.

More recently I spent two years hitchhiking, volunteering, free camping, and dumpster diving my way around Europe and North Africa. I hitched a ride on a seemingly doomed yacht through the Mediterranean, and ended up in the middle of a ghost town on the edge of the Sahara during Ramadan.

Teach, Learn, Share

Poking a hole in your comfort bubble can be the best thing you could ever do. Pushing your boundaries and being happier and successful because of it has, for me, brought amazing adventures and some of the happiest/crazy times in my life thus far.

Most "Skills" I have are military oriented, but apparently i'm a good listener and good with advice. I have basic outdoor survival skills.

Countries I've Visited

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

Canada

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