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Learn as much as I can about self-sufficiency, minimalism, and happiness. Also, I'm not "fluent" in Spanish but I can converse well enough that I want to show up when Spanish-speaking travellers are looking for a host.
I'm a 28-year-old Canadian guy looking striving for a simple and meaningful life. I have a very silly sense of humour and listen more than I talk. I'm also gay, so if that's not okay with you, I definitely don't want you in my apartment.
Keep learning and don't censor ourselves. It's better if people dislike us for who we are than love us for what we aren't.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I used couchsurfing while travelling through Canada. I've also used it to meet people while travelling and meet international visitors to my own city.
Magnificent. All my hosts so far have been so friendly and helpful, and I'm excited to finally have the option to host.
Living a quality life while minimizing our need for resources and maximizing our time with the important things.
SEXUAL PLEASURE AND HEALTH
It is really important that we break the taboo around sex and it's one of my favourite subjects. Silence serves nobody.
POLICY: DRUGS, CRIME, ECONOMICS
Looking at what other places are doing well and how we can learn from them.
Moving towards human-scale communities that are green and promote active transportation.
MEDITATION AND YOGA
How can we let go of the things we can't control and focus our attention on what we can?
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ADVOCACY
Women and queer rights, anti-racism, cycling
- human rights
- martial arts
- urban design
Music, Movies, and Books
The Beatles, Classical, 60s-70s vintage psychedelic rock.
MOVIES: I really don't watch that many, so I don't have a favourite. I tend to prefer documentaries on people who don't often get to tell their stories, and comedies.
BOOKS: "The God Delusion", "The Ethical Slut", "Chasing the Scream". Books I enjoy tend to centre around philosophy and rationale for change, in those cases religion, monogamy, and drug policy specifically. The last book I read for pleasure was "The Orenda".
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Amazing = terrifying? Impressive? Both? Hmm. I've done skydiving. I arrived in Paris with nowhere to live and was almost homeless with no support network. I bike through Winnipeg winters. I've had some pretty unique experiences from being polyamorous,
Some of the most amazing moments weren't necessarily big, impressive actions, but unexpected moments of connection and clarity with other people. Travelling and seeing new things is nice, but love and intimacy trump all that.
Teach, Learn, Share
Stretching! Yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts inspired
Human Rights concepts and history (I worked at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights)
Decluttering and organizing
History of Winnipeg and Canada
Starting a sourdough culture
Queer history as it relates to gay men in particular
Acting theory and technique- voice, movement, and relaxation
Simple living ideas
Balanced vegetarian meals
Dancing- salsa, hip hop, jazz, whatever
More cooking styles (vegetarian friendly)
What I Can Share with Hosts
I think much of what gives me a different perspective on life is due to being gay, so I enjoy sharing experiences that many people aren't familiar with. There's a whole culture there that is mostly invisible to those who aren't part of the community.
I love controversial subjects because I feel as if I'm contributing to solving a problem that many people will avoid or overlook. We all have ingrained beliefs and ideas that aren't serving us, and they often won't get dealt with until someone is different enough from us to challenge them. Help me deal with mine :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, United States, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In