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Thomas Goyette-Levac

Ivry-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France

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Overview

  • 41 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, German, Spanish; learning Catalan, Valencian, Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Junior Mining Engineer
  • Mining and Georesource Engineering
  • From Montreal, Québec, Canada
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

Born in Montreal and raised on its South shore, life gave me the chance to have parents who brought me abroad at an early age.

I have many intellectual abilities and some particular areas of interests. My true friends share this profile and are from all over the world. I need to be stimulated by learning new things everyday.

I am confident about the future. I am never angry nor sad but, sometimes, just too passionate! Also, I love Quebec and I have the impression to embody the values of my country such as collective harmony, equality between men and women, national pride and language resistance.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I have been giving and never expecting anything in return all my life. Since I think that hosting and being received in people's places is perfectly normal, no matter what culture you belong to, I naturally joined Couchsurfing.

Regarding male members who use it for hookups, further discouraging female members to host or receive, I think people with these intentions should not use CS and negative references should be written when a host expects it from his guest.

However, the benefits of CS, in my opinion, largely surpass its risks. For instance, I have discovered my own city by hosting couchsurfers, I visited some of them back in their homeland, I met people that resembled me simply because I received them/or visited them in the context of holidays, they/I chose them among various profiles and it is a context that facilitates opening up.

I could certainly afford hostels but I prefer to use CS and transfer this money on transport to make more travels since it will count more in the end.

Interests

Sports: Bicycling, swimming, running, hockey, skiing, scuba diving, climbing and making human towers.

Culture: History, geopolitics, watching documentaries, learning foreign languages. My curiosity has no limit and general culture is SO important that it is an end in itself!

Music, Movies & Books

Films:
A Beautiful Mind, BABEL, C.R.A.Z.Y., Elvis Gratton, Good Bye, Lenin!, Incendies, Joyeux Noël, La vità è bella, Schindler's List, Mommy, Sophie Scholl Die Letzen Tage.

Music:
Beethoven, Boris Vian, Beau Dommage, Calle 13, Clueso, Gilles Vigneault, Jacques Brel, Jean Leloup, Les Cowboys Fringants, Loco Locass, Manu Chao, Manu Militari, Mes Aïeux, Renaud, Serge Gainsbourg, Stromae, Tiken Jah Fakoly

Books and theater:
Cien años de soledad, Germinal, La sombra del viento, Las venas abiertas de América Latina, Les Belles-Soeurs, Les Misérables,

One Amazing Thing I've Done

-Spend Christmas in the family of a French couchsurfer (whom I hosted in Montreal during Summer) while she spent Christmas in my family so that none of us felt lonely studying abroad in each other's country;
-Going from Montreal to Quebec City 3 times by bicycle in winter!;
-Visiting each 18 Quebec regions and 10 Canadian provinces at least once;
-Running for the Green Party of Quebec during the 2008 Quebec general elections at 18 years old.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am willful to share my perpectives on my background but also a whole range of domains that I have an emotional connection to and forged my understanding the world: history and politics especially, psychology, environment, philosophy, ethics, sociology, anthropology and anything that would stimulate me intellectually or simply funny!

I don't like unnecessary small talk, jetset, superficial stuff and talking about the weather for more than 5 minutes. People judging others on their appearance, social status or choices in life are a definite turn off. Vulgarity, for me, is not coarse words, but shallow thinking.

What I Can Share With Hosts

Before you couchsurf to my place, be sure to have a positive state of mind (état d'esprit) in an appropriate situation:

- You are excited to discover this new place;

- You already know this place, but you are excited about a particular event;

- You don't really know what to expect, but you are confident that I will make you discover something;

- If you have limited time (like you arrive at 2 am, sleep 3 hours to catch the train at 6:30 am), It's ok for me! Be sure to do internet/trip planning/shower before or after for us to spend your limited time together.

- You read my profile and for some reason, you want to meet me!

What is not ok, though, is the following:

- You come "just to have a little fun" (i.e. getting drunk &/or explicit sexual encounters) to forget about your miserable life or some recent bad lucks. When I can host, my needs are not necessarily yours. Don't arrive vulnerable!;

- You are a fusional couple and you give no attention to the host. If you enjoy privacy more than spending time with the host, then look for an hotel!;

- You have any kind of negative energy. If I have to cancel for some reason, I will tell you in advance. If you start insulting me, this will lead to a negative reference.

For my hosts, I will always take care about bringing a little something and have the same positive energy and open-mindedness that I expect from my guests.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, Canada, France

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