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Riley Strother

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

  • 1 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Dutch, Spanish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Student registered in 4 classes.
  • Completing Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • From Vernon BC
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Escape the modern technological tractor beam in favour of fully experiencing the moment uninhibited by a status update.

ABOUT ME

I am old fashioned in the material objects that I covet, but very open minded and positive in my attitude. I'd rather use a typewriter than a cell phone, good example of me. I love to do new things, and I love to travel and explore. I have a good sense of humour. I try to be a yes person because I find no people are let downs and hold back possible good times. I appear shy at first, but once you get to know me I talk a lot because I am a MOUK: Mountain of useless knowledge, or as I'd rather call myself, a walking encyclopedia. But I won't talk through a proper sit down listening to a good album, especially if it's being spun on vinyl.
These profiles are all about selling yourself so people will host you and want to be hosted by you, so if I come across as sounding a bit too cliched and disgustingly positive don't worry, I'm still rather normal.

PHILOSOPHY

Live life in the now, don't be distracted by cell phones, but immerse yourself in the moment and really appreciate it. Learn, explore and see the world. Doing even the most simple activity in a new place can be so much more life changing than staying home on the web. Keep doing things, anything could be an adventure. This sounds so hideously cliched, I swear I'm not an icky sap.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

How I participate? As in couchsurfing? Maybe I better wax the couch first before I slide onto that wave. I can't really say, I have never officially couch surfed before. I was an exchange student in Belgium for a year with 3 different host families, so I know how it is to stay with new people and how to adapt to their home life. And I have also hosted exchange students before, so I know what it is like to have to get used to a stranger in the house, so I like to think that between my experiences on both sides of an exchange I can avoid any of the little oblivious things that could be an issue, so that everything is a smooth experience.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I am very new to Couchsurfing. I have some very good family friends who have hosted travellers on their couch (I believe through Couchsurfing) and the people they have met have all been wonderful. I think if everyone involved has a positive attitude it's pretty tough to have a bad experience. I signed up because I am going to be in Australia for 5 months (Jan-June 2013) and I want to experience the country not only through hostels, but also with the people themselves. I would gladly host people in the future when I have my own place as a student in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Interests

Listening to music (rock, jazz, classical etc.), playing music (drummer, percussionist, violinist), watching sports (ice hockey, tennis, soccer, rugby, baseball etc.), playing sports (soccer, tennis, cross country skiing etc.), Star Trek, Middle Earth, travelling, hiking, any outdoor adventure, nature, wildlife, antiques, poetry, Mail Art, Belgian beer, home brew, Single Malt Scotch, alcohol tasting not binging, learning about languages, learning new skills, learning about cultures, I have a particular soft spot for English culture and the Commonwealth, World History (future History degree planned), politics, environmental sustainability, local food sources, cooking, gardening.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Tarantino, James Bond, foreign films, documentaries, most movies entertain me. Box of Delights.

Music: Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Queen, Jack White, Fleet Foxes, Wolfmother, Radiohead, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Strawbs, Smashing Pumpkins, Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, Rush, XTC, Waterboys, Jacques Brel, Van Morrison, most Jazz and so much more. I have a growing vinyl record collection and I love the aura attained by actually taking the time to sit down and listen to some analogue warmth.

Books: Tolkien, CS Lewis, Steinbeck and much more, I worked at 3 different libraries for a combined 9 years so thinking of good books is a large jumbled blur. Everyone on couchsurfing should read "Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts" this book is amazing!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

EarthQuest outdoor school, spent one semester of high school where my classroom was beautiful Kalamalka Provincial Park in BC and the teachers immersed the pupils in nature through English, Earth Science and Physical Education. I studied and learned surrounded and influenced by nature, biked everywhere, went on 4 overnight expeditions and learned more life skills than many people learn in a lifetime. Induced true love of life and all its possibilities.

Attended the World Student Environmental Summit in Sweden, 2011. Very good learning experience about what direction environmental sustainability is heading.

Teach, Learn, Share

Amateur beer and Scotch connoisseur. I can't keep up with the heavy weights during a night of binge drinking, but I can teach anyone a lot about learning to appreciate and savour good alcohol, even people who have never enjoyed it before. I host tasting nights at my home and have helped to expand many palates.

I could introduce anyone interested in art/poetry/abstract works and the snail mail system to Mail Art and the wonderful world that it is.

I could jam as a drummer if anyone needed a drummer for a jam session.

I could introduce music lovers to new bands, and certainly I could be introduced to new bands by other music lovers. Sometimes the best exchanges in life is a mixed CD or an album suggestion.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Belgium, Canada

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