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Hitch-hiking from Germany to India. No public or paid transport allowed.
I like stuff. Stuff and things. Whatdoyoucallthems are quite good as well. Mostly stuff...
I'm a guy. As you can see. I did train as an actor in the wonderful city of Glasgow, but I found out that I wasn't any good. Then I was a homeless support worker. I wasn't homeless, I supported people who were. Now technically I am homeless, as I sold everything I owned and my current address is the world.
After the passing of my wonderful parents and faithful family hound, I booked a one-way ticket to San Francisco and I've not been home since. I have a twin sister in London and numerous ramshackle acquaintances scattered around the planet. We shall call these people 'friends'.
At the moment I am on some crazy errand to hitchhike to India for charity. If you're that way inclined, you can follow my adventures here:
I'm a total nerd, I try to play the guitar badly in an attempt to impress girls and I like a drink.
Did I mention I like a drink?
Batman could have Superman in a fight.
It's all about the experience. We get one kick at the ball, I don't intend to waste it. But let's put our cards on the table. I'm not one of those wishy-washy, bed-wetting, hippy traveler types you see so much of on here. Long term travel isn't easy. It's not all flowers and rainbows as some would have you perceive. I tell it like it is and I'm allergic to bullshit. I can be cynical, bitter and twisted and for the most part I'm a misanthrope. I prefer animals. But when you meet someone you really connect with, or something genuinely wonderful happens; then you know what it's worth.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I did have a couch. It was nice. It was one of those black ones that you stick to on a hot day. That could be sorted though with some nice throws and matching cushions.
One day I will go back to hosting but right now I'm out trotting the globe, so any couches available would be most welcome. I'm on couchsurfing at the moment because it's extremely useful when hostel infrastructure isn't available in certain countries, and exploring such places is much more rewarding with local knowledge. If you're lucky you can meet friends for life, and it certainly helps the budget stretch further too.
In all honesty I much prefer to host. With surfing there's always a pressure to get along and you're still somewhat treading on eggshells. I don't really like having to ask if I can go to the bathroom and if I pee standing up I get a negative review for it...
As the old adage goes; you can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. Staying in hostels affords you the chance to meet many more travelers anyway, and thus increasing the likelihood of lasting connections. Having said that, CSing has its place, but as you can see I've hosted a lot and surfed a little. I think that's all about to change.
Films, music, playing guitar, travel, books, reading and writing poetry, writing in general, getting drunk in a park, partying with a load of people I don't know, sport, (Liverpool FC) throwing shapes to some dirty techno while completely hammered...the usual suspects really...oh and stuff. I like stuff.
Hedonism and debauchery. The two finest words in the English language.
Music, Movies, and Books
Far too many to mention. Would take me too long and I can't be bothered. Quick sample, three of each...
Withnail and I
The Wicker Man
The Stone Roses
His Dark Materials trilogy
Anything by Shakespeare
Any kind of music except for country and Rnb. Oh and the horrible squeaky voiced nonsense you hear chavs playing on the back of buses.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I wrote a triple platinum selling album and had a four-way with Eva Green, Zooey Deschanel and Gemma Arterton - while Johnny Depp watched.
Wait that's five things.
And maybe it was a dream.
I'm hitchhiking from Germany to India right now. I think that is pretty amazing. I'll let you know if I finish it. Other than that, hiking to Machu Picchu is definitely up there.
Teach, Learn, Share
Don't judge people. Say please and thank you. Believe in yourself and others. Smile. Laugh. Don't take things too seriously. If you're homophobic, racist, bigoted or nationalist you're no friend of mine. Cook and eat lots. When you peel an onion, to stop the tears, put a spoon in your mouth. Hand sanitiser cleans Chuck Taylor converse to shine like new. Never lead with the queen pawn. I dream of a world without borders, and I'm not wearing any underwear.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Sparkling wit and charming personality...?
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan
Countries I’ve Lived In
Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, United Kingdom