Matthew Riley MacPherson

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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About Me

I'm a computer programmer who meant to study economics and journalism but took a summer job programming at 18 and sort of ended up programming instead. It's a job that pays better than journalism and lets me live flexibly, so I'm overall pleased with how it turned out.

I love to see what's the same in places all over the world as much as what's different. It's neat to see the commonality of places from Sydney, Canada to Singapore.

I'm a fervent coffee drinker and someone who's always up for a walk to nowhere in particular at any time of day or night. I have no discernible circadian rhythm; I stay up late but can fall asleep at anytime and I never get jet-lag.

I am pretty obsessed with motorcycles and the fixing thereof. I've owned everything from a tiny scooter to an Italian superbike. I have a vintage 1976 Honda I adore that I brought from Canada to England.

I'd rather treat my hosts to a nice evening out than pay the same price for a room in a hostel/hotel. If that all sounds good to you: we should probably meet up! :-)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

As mentioned: I like meeting people and chatting with them and travel is as much about people as places (if not more!)

My job is a bit socially isolating in terms of in-person interaction; I work from home all day and I move around a lot. Pretty much the only person I regularly see is my girlfriend--who is great but you wanna talk to more than one person, you know? Plus she's often travelling too :-)

I'd like to hang out with people who understand I'm sometimes up for being social and going out and other times might be travelling whilst under a crunch time at work and might be quiet. If you can respect my need to work I promise I'll find time to socialise and pay back the favour :-)


Mostly I like to ignore clocks.

I love motorcycles and scooters. I don't have to commute thanks to my job being remote but I ride to relieve stress and explore all the places trains, planes, and my feet alone can't take me. I like fancy new bikes and motorcycles as old as the word itself.

I'm into coffee, cocktails, beer, and other hipster-like things. I enjoy live music a LOT and will go see a show just for the fun of it. I like walking around at night and being a sober person at a party.

I am apparently a good storyteller if you're the quiet type; if you've got wisdom to impart I'm all ears.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Most recently I sold a lot of my things, put my motorcycle on a cargo ship, and moved from Canada to the UK--to a city I'd never been to where I knew no one.

I managed to find a flat, get my healthcare/taxes/etc. sorted, import and register my motorcycle (by myself!), and get used to saying "tomato" like British people do.

Teach, Learn, Share

I work as a computer programmer so I can talk about technology (though I can't fix your computer!)

I love learning about how to make my profession more diverse and talking about how others can help.

I can a lot about remote work and cities.

I'm bad at languages but I long to get better.

I know a lot about Canada and America! ;-)

What I Can Share with Hosts

I'd be happy to help out around your house, take you out for dinner, help cook, and/or talk about whatever we both fancy.

I'll probably insist I buy you a coffee/beer/tea/glass of wine! It's my treat for your generosity! :-)

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, Greece, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

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