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Sam Jarvis

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Overview

  • 33 Positive References1 Neutral1 Negative
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Spanish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Server, Youth Volunteer, Stage Hand,...
  • Little University but mostly unconve...
  • From Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To learn more about sailing, and the banjo

ABOUT ME

I'm a tall, outgoing boy-man creature of sorts who bikes through Toronto making lasting connections. Gregarious by nature, I'm always seeking out another adventure and happy to include anybody willing. I've moved around many a time in this life and can adapt easily. Self-sufficient and inquisitive, I can make my own fun and keep busy in a cinch.
visited 21 states (9.33%)

PHILOSOPHY

The Curse of The Traveler.

The more places you see, the more things you see that appeal to you, but no one place has them all. In fact, each place has a smaller and smaller percentage of the things you love, the more things you see. It drives you, even subconsciously, to keep looking, for a place not that's perfect (we all know there's no Shangri-La), but just for a place that's "just right for you." But the curse is that the odds of finding "just right" get smaller, not larger, the more you experience. So you keep looking even more, but it always gets worse the more you see. This is Part A of the Curse.
Part B is relationships. The more you travel, the more numerous and profoundly varied the relationships you will have. But the more people you meet, the more diffused your time is with any of them. Since all these people can't travel with you, it becomes more and more difficult to cultivate long term relationships the more you travel. Yet you keep traveling, and keep meeting amazing people, so it feels fulfilling, but eventually, you miss them all, and many have all but forgotten who you are. And then you make up for it by staying put somewhere long enough to develop roots and cultivate stronger relationships, but these people will never know what you know or see what you've seen, and you will always feel a tinge of loneliness, and you will want to tell your stories just a little bit more than they will want to hear them. The reason this is part of the Curse is that it gets worse the more you travel, yet travel seems to be a cure for a while.
None of this is to suggest that one should ever reduce travel. It's just a warning to young Travelers, to expect, as part of the price, a rich life tinged with a bit of sadness and loneliness, and angst that's like the same nostalgia everyone feels for special parts of their past, except multiplied by a thousand.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

If anybody ever needs me to help them find cool things to do in Toronto I'm always available. I contribute by helping within the network of couchsurfing and by hosting whenever I can. I live in Parkdale but during the summer I have access to a boat on the island. I associate with musicians, film directors, cooks, poets, bike mechanics, and friends.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have helped host folks from various countries all over the world such as Iceland, France, England, Mexico, Italy, Iran, and Germany, the US, Holland, the Netherlands, and Canada. I've caught many a couch wave in the US and Europe and I see no end in sight!

Interests

Graffiti
Banjo
Rock Climbing
Good Food
Cycling
Cats
Ping Pong
Reading
Sailing
Ukulele
Festivals
Photography
Music (Folk, Electronic, Hip Hop, Bluegrass, Trip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Alternative, Old Timey, Beat music, Ragtime, and Ska.)

Music, Movies & Books

Movies that make me transfixed, Music that stirs the soul while reverberating the skull, and Books that snare the senses and dole out back problems. Massey Hall Lectures. BBC HBO SHO CBC ONN TED.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I was in a hot air balloon accident in Myanmar. It was kind of underwhelming.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have some bicycle and sailing skills I can share. Check out wikipedia's list of common misconceptions.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Cambodia, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Myanmar, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Serbia, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Benin, Canada, United States

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