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Overview

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  • Fluent in English
  • 47, Male
  • Member since 2016
  • Software Engineer
  • University of Adelaide
  • From Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Profile 55% complete

About Me

Hi Folks, I'm a software engineer that loves to travel, and not always to the standard tourist destinations.
Going to South Sudan was a highlight, where everything happened, from having a goat slaughtered in my honour to being caught in the middle of a street riot.
Back at home I spend a lot of time rock climbing, and I've climbed extensively in Australia and Thailand. Nowadays it's hard to look at a rock formation without thinking how I would climb it. I also enjoy flying gliders and light aircraft, and playing volleyball.
I've never been a hotel kind of traveller, usually a backpacker and hostel kind of guy. You meet way more interesting people that way (and, you know, it's cheaper, which means you can stay longer). The world is full of diverse people, and they all have a story.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

As I said above, it's cooler to meet interesting people and learn from them on a trip. And I've always been perfectly happy with a piece of floor or couch as a bed than wasting money on hotel rooms, most parts of which go unused. Occasionally I take a tour for part of a trip, sometimes it's compulsory (e.g. Inca Trail) or my language skills aren't good enough yet. Once I've got the vibe, I like to make it up as I go along.
Sorry, I'm not accepting guests at the moment. Two reasons: I'm couch surfing with friends in my own city at the moment, so I don't have a place to offer, and, I'm about to go to England and Ireland for 6 weeks!

Interests

  • rock climbing
  • volleyball
  • adventure travel
  • budget travel
  • travel
  • gliding

Music, Movies, and Books

Favourite quotes:
"My definition of a free society is one in which it is safe to be unpopular"

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all." -Noam Chomsky

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Walked the Inca Trail. or Worked for a charity building schools in South Sudan.

Teach, Learn, Share

Not sure what I could teach away from home, rock climbing safety maybe? How to fly planes? My formal knowledge is in maths, physics, and computer science. I'm a native English speaker, but I can say 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please', 'thank you' and count in a bunch of languages. Picked up so Spanish in South America but it's pretty rusty.
As for learning, I don't have any specific goals, I'm just an indiscriminate sponge that soaks up this and that.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Experiences, perspectives, help with your website?

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Canada

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