Michael Boyd

Horsham, West Sussex, England

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  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Being Me
  • Three years at Sheffield University for a bit of paper wi...
  • From Petersfield (The solar system actually revolves around it.)
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About Me


Make a living doing the things I love!


In five words: authentic, creative, intelligent, passionate, fun-loving. Anyone who has a problem with my refering to compound words as singular can see me after class. With their trousers down.


Any philosophy that can be condensed into one line is either incredibly dumb or utter genius. Now if I could say that with less words...

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I stay at people's places and enjoy life with them. How else would I participate? Besides, eventually, getting my own place and paying it forward, of course...


Rich and varied - using the site is a more recent thing: in the past it's been through meeting people out and about, unplanned, and has led to many adventures and interesting experiences. I'd love to talk to you about them :D


Acting. Travelling. Drumming. Dancing. Singing. Writing. Composing. Decomposing. Vegetating. Eating vegetables. Eating meat. Throwing meat. Spinning fire. Making fire. Cooking with fire. Cooking with modern stoves. Playing. Improvising. Creating. Co-creating. Pro-creating - sometimes unintentionally. And dancing, in case you missed it the first time.

Music, Movies, and Books

I'm an avid reader. Some faves include Haruki Murakami, Jeff Noon, Kurt Vonnegut, Tolkien, David Mitchell...

Films - yes please.

I love music. Any kind, if it's got soul. No paint-by-numbers commercial pop-shite, please, unless it's actually quite good for whatever reason. Big up local musicians!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I climbed Mt Fuji solo, taking the toughest trail. It was an adventure! I saw 10 shooting stars... When I reached the wind-battered summit, I found a throne of rocks in the lee of the wind. Facing east, arms on the natural rests, I watched the sun rise over the sea of clouds.
That was pretty boring compared to some of the other stuff I could tell you!

Teach, Learn, Share

Taking part in sado/chanoyu, the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, at a couple's house. Every action, every sound, each colour and scent and image, has symbolic meaning. All is to be appreciated in its fullness. A simple act is transformed into a mystical and magical experience, limited only by the confines of your own mind. An experience beyond words, capturable only in memory and the moment, a living demonstration of wabisabi, the transient nature of all things. Connections that run deeper than language, shared sentiments that cannot be spoken, friendships moulded and respect granted in ways no conversation could hope to achieve. Zen in motion. Any perceived imperfection is perfect, a part of the whole, a reminder of the futility of judgment. There is a place for everything. Each detail is significant and worthy of attention. Laughter is shared and lives are bonded, memories created to be treasured forever. And cute little cakes to be shared.

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