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travel, work, stretch my wings, wear out my feet, be happy :)
I'm Ryan. I believe in positive energy, being polite and kind, and exploring the world around me! Usually if I'm travelling it's attached to doing a performance; I can be pretty independent, so if I'm surfing your couch, I won't suck up your energy or time needlessly....but conversely I do love socializing and discovering new things, so look forward having some fun and making a new friend! I love a good party and dancing all night, but am also straightedge (no smoking, drinking, or drugs for me... a personal choice, but I won't try to convert you, promise :P), disciplined and pretty responsible.
When travelling, I travel light and love to see live music, theatre, cinema, architecture, nightlife, and delicious food :) I have travelled all through Canada, the US (spent this past summer in up and down the Cape and fell n love with Ptown), Cuba, Mexico, and some places in Brazil, where I fell in love with the culture and the people. My portuguese is still awful but I am trying! I am always eager for anything brazilian, and I love learning about the culture, the politics, the music, and especially the food! Nowhere in Canada has good Moqueca or cocadas :P
I love animals (especially cats) and don't eat meat. In addition to performance work, I sideline as a writer (with a published column). I'm on every social media as ryanghinds, and welcome adds/follows if it looks like we're going to spend time together.
Smile, work hard, be ethical and curious :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm looking forward to surfing when I need to and hosting when I can! *****UPDATE at the moment I can't host, but would love to show people around Toronto! I love my city, and playing tour guide is fun and I can show you some off-the-beaten path destinations and events (and often get you in for free!). I will show the real Toronto, not the clean tourist version.
I have surfed in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Rio, de Janiero, Sao Paulo, Montreal, Florianopolis, and Vancouver, and have showed some many people around Toronto
Every time I have surfed with someone, I've come away with a new respect for their city and the individuals in it....and I'll always do your dishes!
theatre, music, dance, film, writing, fashion, media, animals, elephants, cats, volunteering, social justice, activism, learning, lgbtq, obscure pop culture, yoga, reading, flying, beaches, south america, pride, friends, food, sobriety, vintage, thrift shopping, tea, musuems, galleries, queer stuff, indie, nyc, eating, gls, gay, politics
Music, Movies, and Books
movies: Sunset Blvd, Dumbo, Paris is Burning, All That Jazz. Almodovar and Wilder are my favorite directors
books: The Little Prince, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The White Bone, Mommie Dearestmusic: Judy Garland, James Brown, Sylvester, Janelle Monae, Streisand, Franz Ferdinand, No Doubt, KD Lang, Marisa Monte, Chita Rivera, Deee-lite, Patrick Wolf, Kander & Ebb, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Le Tigre, rock, disco, house, electro, samba, hiphop, latino, jazz, afro, MPB
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
-sky full of shooting stars on the beach in Vancouver-
crazy celebrity-filled nyc parties-
seeeing UFOs from the beach in Ipanema, and singing in a glass opera house in Curitiba
-PCH drive in California, the best sight in the USA
-dining in Chicago....truly amazng
-romance in montreal
-beautiful days in cuba
Teach, Learn, Share
Ask and ye shall receive.
Only boring people get bored.
No wire hangers, ever.
Countries I’ve Visited
Brazil, Canada, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In