Vanessa Michaud

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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  • Fluent in English, French; learning Greek (modern), Spanish
  • 26, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Student
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
  • From Montreal, Québec, Canada
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About Me


To uncover, recover and discover.


I traveled the world quite a bit in the past years and got to meet exceptional people. But most of all I learned how to set my spirit free. How to create space for the unexpected. I feel fortunate for where I am at the age of 25.

I had quite enough unexpectedness last year, medically speaking. I was diagnosed with a bone tumor in the summer of 2013 and had to undergo several surgeries, with a lot of consequences. And although it has been painful and psychologically draining, I am grateful that I get to live on and for what this experience brought me. The opportunity that lies in adversity is incredible.

Traveling - and also pain, I would add - allows us to connect with people. We become better people by connecting with one another. I try to preserve these connections in my life as they are so precious.

I pour my heart and soul into everything I do. I believe in life and people. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for one another.

I practice yoga, I run, I play piano, I read and write a lot.
I am currently in grad school, studying health psychology so that I can eventually contribute to make our health system a better place.


"When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


So far I mostly surfed couches, but I really wish to eventually host more and be part of CS events in my hometown.


Many great experiences and encounters in Europe, in the US, in India & in Turkey.


All kinds of art. Everything related to the Romanticism movement, whether it is music, painting, literature, poetry or science.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies- Into the wild, Amal, American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, Melancholia, Pina, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Lars and the real girl, The tree of life, The skin I live in, Ensemble c'est tout, L'auberge espagnole, Intouchables, Astérix et Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Guillaume et les garçons, à table!.

Music- Classical & jazz piano, indie, rock, soul, folk, funk, experimental, world, cinematic & wildly eclectic.

Books- The Brontë sisters, Henry Miller, Milan Kundera, Charles Dickens, Marguerite Duras, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Robert Walser, Henri Charrière, Rainer Maria Rilke, Henry James, Nicolas Bouvier, Irvin Yalom, Christian Bobin, Henry David Thoreau, and LOTS of others.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I would say that I have experienced many connective, beautiful or magical moments, either with people or places. Here are some favorites.

Diving with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef & diving in Hawaii (9 sea turtles in one dive and a plane wreck in another one)
Roadtripping around the east coast of Australia.
Skydiving with beach landing in Cairns, Australia.
Riding an elephant in a jungle in Nepal.
Riding a camel in a desert in India.
Riding a motorbike with friends in Hampi (India) to reach the Monkey Temple.
Practicing yoga in an ashram in Rishikesh. Overcoming my fear of falling and doing a headstand without the help of a wall for the first time.
Meditating at the Protestant Church of Reconciliation at Dachau concentration camp, Germany.
The beauty of Lanikai (Oahu) in Hawaii.
Hiking Samaria Gorge in Greece.
Hiking the Alps in Germany.
Hiking Plitvice National Park in Croatia.
Ballooning at sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Paragliding in Olüdeniz, Turkey.
Hot springs in Pamukkale, Turkey.
Welcoming the arrival of monsoon with Nepali people.
Sleeping on sand dunes, on beaches, on boats, on roof tops, out in the open, in jungles, in camper vans, in huts, pretty much everywhere.
Publishing an article on reverse culture shock and curing myself from it.
Generosity of an indian family who took care of me when I had a pneumonia.

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you French, ice skating, yoga or piano.
I love all languages: I believe they tell a lot about a culture.

I would be pleased to learn about your life experiences, your personal suitcase of wisdom.

Countries I’ve Visited

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Turkey, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Canada

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