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Get good and lost
Just a dude trying to get some interesting and unique experiences under my belt. I'm trying to get good and lost in North/Central America, and escape the trap of only hanging out with people from hostels.
I often find I have more memorable experiences in small places, and think that the best adventures are always the spontaneous ones.
I mainly live to have good conversations and have interesting, original experiences. I like to laugh, and make other people laugh.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Just getting started with couchsurfing. I've been recommended the idea by countless people, so figured I'd finally get round to giving it a go.
Apart from work as a jornalist, I also do amateur (and occasionally professional) stand up comedy. Short sets in small venues mainly, but it's a lot of fun. I also watch a ridiculous amount of stand up on youtube.
Otherwise, in terms of free time, it's books, movies and wasting time reading about pop culture on the internet. I also go for walks and write down ideas for books, films, documentaries. Some of them are terrible.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Low-fi garage type stuff. Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen, Wolf Parade etc. Also a lot of stuff from the sixties - Dylan, Stones, big Beatles fan.
Movies: In Bruges, Wes Anderson's various works, True Grit, Paul Thomas Anderson's stuff, Harmony Korine's projects.
Books: Loads. Currently reading Birdsong by Sebastien Faulks. Just got done with Sam Lipsyte's 'The Ask' and a Raymond Carver collection.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
In Zimbabwe, a local kid and I hiked out to a village so far out of the way of any urban centre that, upon arriving and talking to a local family, he related that they said I was the first white person they'd seen in person. I couldn't be sure if it was true, but if it was, dang. Being given the sense that I'd truly gotten off the tourist trail - that I'd actually travelled - was a pretty great feeling.
Also in Zimbabwe, taking an overnight train into Harare was fantastic. It wasn't massively eventful - just a twenty or so hour ride across the country - but the landscape was great, the atmosphere was communal and exciting, and I friggin' love trains.
And I'd say just staying in NYC for six days left me awestruck throughout. Being in that city is like having a lifegasm, and within three days I was half elated to be there, half upset that I didn't live there permanently. Also, I was staying next to the project where Jay Z grew up, which is surely awesome.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can speak a bit about some of the nicer places to visit in England.
I also have a pretty extensive knowledge about stand up comedy, if that's appealing in any way!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In