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Roy Marvelous

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

  • 311 Positive References7 Neutral1 Negative
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English; learning Czech, Latvian, Malay
  • 2015, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • professional hugger, amateur blogger
  • kindergarten, then abducted by aliens
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

I'm a Kiwi [key-weeee] i.e. New Zealander [Nu-Zoo-lend-uh] - yes, famous for such things as kiwifruit, sheep, Lord of the Rings and Flight of the Conchords. I left NZ in 2004 on a working holiday and have been semi-nomadic since. Right now, I'm in Vancouver.

PHILOSOPHY

I try to live by these Life Lessons. Basically, make the most of life, treat people like you want to be treated and love unconditionally.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I used to be heavily involved with CS back when it was a do-ocracry and non-profit i.e. members hosted, organized events and volunteered for the organization. Then CS sold it's soul and became a for-profit & I decided to sell my soul as well and started hosting on Airbnb instead.

Still, always happy to hang out & meet interesting people! I just don't host people now who haven't hosted before.

Here are some of my past hosting & surfing experiences.

2005 Surfed with Dave in Dublin. He was my first CS experience! Surfed with Kaara in Kaunas. We dranks lots of vodka & went to a party in an abandoned building.

2006 Hosted Domenico in London. Surfed with Bragi in Reykjavik. Surfed with Nyssa in Philadelphia (along with 4 friends of mine!). Surfed with Solveig in Dubai. Co-surfed with Alana. Surfed with Callum in Bangkok (even though he wasn't there!). Co-surfed with Matias. Surfed with Klara in Warsaw. Surfed with Etna in Warsaw. Co-surfed with Dante.

Prague: Hosted Jess. Hosted Duke (twice). Hosted Luke.

2007 Surfed at Christine's place in Vienna, where Spyro was the mini-host! Co-surfed with Rachel & Aliza.

Prague: Hosted Jerome. Hosted Tristan. Hosted James. Hosted Manuel Took Marte and her 40 friends on a walking tour of Prague! Hosted Anna and her 3 friends. Hosted Antonio. Hosted Katherine. Hosted Enrico. Hosted Florian. Hosted Keith and Negan. My 1st Free Hugs in Prague with Chrissy, Laura & lots of other CZ CSers. Free Hugging with Aaron in Berlin and 200 other CSers! Surfed with Andre in Prague. Brian co-hosted me. Introduced Adam to CouchSurfing then surfed with him months later! Asger co-hosted me. Surfed with Baiba during her mid-Summer camp in Riga. Surfed with Ezra in Olomouc. Surfed with Karol in Wroclaw.

2008 Free Hugging with Francesco in Toronto. Surfed with Katryn in NYC along with Justin and Birgit. Surfed with Daniel in NYC along with Giancarlo and Andy. Emergency surfed with Scott & Bryan in NYC. Emergency surfed with Lizzy in NYC along with Arnaud and Kai. Surfed with Misha in NYC along with Brishen and Paul. Free Hugging with Marcy, Abbey and Petr in New York. Free Hugging with CS Toronto Aug 08. Surfed with Andre and Bianca in Prague. Free Hugging with CS Prague Sept 08 Surfed with Alicia along with Sai in Montreal. Surfed with Dan along with Kamin in Kitchener. Surfed with Eric along with Kamin in Kitchner. Hosted Andreas in Toronto.

2009 Hosted Darragh in Toronto. Hosted Antoine and Alexandra in Toronto. Roadtrip to St Catherine's with Andrea, Jason, Zoubin, Steph, Mike. Surfed with Nicolle in St Catherine's. Hosted Adam for 10 days. Hosted Heather after Free Hugs. Hosted and Urban Golfed with Chrissy Hosted Philip then volunteered at a Tony Robbins event with him. Emergency hosted Heath for a night. Hosted Jasmine during Pride weekend. RVsurfed across Canada (Toronto to Vancouver) with Dave, John, Flynne, Andrés, Anf & Lee. Surfed with Jason in Thunder Bay. Surfed with Kate & Hartley in Winnipeg. Surfed with Trixi in Regina. Surfed with Yardley in Calgary. Surfed with Sandy & Kat at their Intentional Community in Slocan. Surfed with Kristl in Vancouver. Surfed with Brie in Vancouver. Surfed with Angela & Jesse in Seattle.

Super Happy Awesome House (SHAH) hosting: Hosted Mac Bauer. Invaded Edwin's house during the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Weekender along with Andrea, Jason and Dan. Hosted Norbs. Hosted Judith and Michiel. Surfed with Miranda, Clio, Elin and their 20 other surfers! June Free Hugs at Pedestrian Sunday. August Free Hugs at Pedestrian Sunday. October Free Hugs in NYC. I organized it but was to sick to go! October Free Hugs at Pedestrian Sunday with Maria, Flora and friends. November Free Hugs at Kensington Market. December Super Happy Awesome Winter Hugs at Kensington Market. Hosted Garry Hosted Edward Hosted Greg Hosted Tiphanie Hosted Kyle & Ashton Hosted Chloé Gayraud + 5 friends! Hosted Aurelien Hosted Simon and Med Hosted Lauren Hosted Michael, Krista and Ling.

2010 Free Hugs in Seattle. Hiking with Sara Super Happy Awesome Road Trip with Mike, Naomi, Sandra and Angie Surfed with Gerry in Sault St Marie. Surfed with Heidi in Thunder Bay. Free Hugs in Vancouver. Surfed with Tawny & Zane in Portland. Surfed with Emmanuel in San Francisco. Free Hugs in San Francisco. Surfed with Scott in Utah. Surfed at the SHAH with Sandra, Tim, Poppy and Kat in Toronto. Surfed with Andre in Fredonia, NY. Surfed with Maggie in Zambrze, Poland. Surfed with Ewa in Katowice, Poland. Surfed with Iza in Rzeszow, Poland. Surfed with Kinga in Krakow. Surfed with Derek in Prague. Surfed with Clabbe, Jake and Anna in Prague. Surfed with Gloria in Montreal. Halloween Free Hugs in Toronto.

2011 Surfed with Merilin & Alo in Tallinn. Surfed with Agnese in Riga. Free Hugs in Riga. Free Hugs in Katowice with Maggi. Surfed with Clabbe and Jake in Prague. Surfed with Alex in Paris. Surfed with Ediite in Plienciems. Hitchhiked with Darta from Riga to Kaunas. Surfed with Kara again in Kaunas. Hosted Ewa, Anna & Marta in Riga. Hosted Annika in Riga. Couchsurfing Conference in Istanbul.

2012 Free Hugs in St Petersburg. Surfed with Maggi & Michal in Katowice. Surfed with Michael in Brno. Surfed with Clabbe and Tereza in Prague. Roadtrip with Riana to Budapest. Surfed with Ziggy in Brussels. Surfed with Alex in Paris. Flatmates with Julia & Dilo in Barcelona. Hosted Fee in Barcelona. Free Hugs in Barcelona. Surfed with Kirsten in Nuremberg. Hosted Coleen in Vancouver. Hosted Tara & Jessica in Vancouver.

2013 Hosted Christina & Micky in Vancouver. Hosted Beatrice. Hosted Perry. Hosted Amy.

2014 Surfed with John in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Hosted Ewa. Hosted Chacha.

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Interests

I'm a very curious person (or maybe it's ADD) so I'm interested in most things. Not cricket, ballet, opera or line dancing, however. You gotta draw a line somewhere!

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Romeo & Juliet, Matrix, Run Lola Run, Amelie, Life is Beautiful, Fight Club, Bladerunner, Forrest Gump, An Inconvenient Truth, Thank you for Smoking.

Books: 1984, Animal farm, To kill a mocking bird, Catcher in the rye, Man's Search for Meaning

Music: Anything I can dance to! So most Electronic and some Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz. Also ethno music and drum circles. There are so many interesting mash-ups and sub-genres these days that I'll listen (& try to dance) to anything at least once!!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The first time I tried hitchhiking, I was naked....(don't worry, it just was for a radio contest)

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach - I can help you improve your hug technique (I learnt this at Burning Man). And show you how to cook. And the best drinking game in the world: Circle Of Death

Learn - I'd love to learn how to dance better. And DJ. And photography. And speed-reading. And memory techniques. And drumming. And carpentry. And plumbing. And massage. And sewing. And string theory. And how to fix stuff, like my bike. And anything else you want to teach me. I like learning random stuff! Just wish I could remember it all. Maybe I should start with the memory technique lessons ;)

Share - We could go Free Hugging!

What I Can Share With Hosts

Arm-wrestling. Alternatively, good company.

Countries I've Visited

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Republic of, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Czech Republic, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States

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