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VICTORIAHAL

Ormstown, Quebec, Canada

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Overview

  • 41 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French; learning German, Spanish
  • 104, Other
  • Member since 2009
  • teacher/tutor/mentor also landlady, ...
  • BA honours math and foreign language...
  • From Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

teaching, learning, travelling, skiing, sharing, surviving

ABOUT ME

NEW: Rural / semi-rural travellers welcome in the new space. Small village, pretty, quiet, area of historical and cultural interest.

EMERGENCIES:
Sorry, phone number had to be removed due to new security isues. Email, even late at night, as we are night owls and check late most nights.
Email (check uually daily) advance.tutors@sympatico.ca
**Check back late night (10pm, midnight)** One reason we can help in emergencies is that we aren't early birds, so . . . think it through.
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ROOM FOR RENT for longer term than couchsurfing.
If you are staying more than a week and need a place, we sometimes have a short-term space. We often have a room for the semester or for the summer. Please contact me for details.

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Hi there. Bonjour, on parle francais aussi.
Please read the profile! Lots of good info.

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Which Great Genius Was Most Like You?

http://science.discovery.com/quizzes/personality/great-genius-most-like-you-quiz.html

My Result
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Pablo Picasso.

Your vision of the world is unlike any … that is to say it’s different from … in other words, of all the … okay, your vision of the world is just stone weird. But in a good way. You can show people a new way to take in the entire experience of life. People walk up to you with a skeptical look on their faces, but they walk away nodding. They do not know why.

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2011 summer: Things have calmed down a bit in the couchsurfing world, good thing because this was becoming a madhouse. Gearing up for the next season :-)
Had a lousy two years, swine flu which turned into a life-threatening bronchitis, not to mention grad school math, so I'm not up to my usual standard of road trips and wilderness and all-nighters :-( (2011 -- getting better again!)

2012 new year update: well, not so many emergency surfers recently -- everyone we saw was already covered by the Last Minute group, great. We're still up for contacts although life has been complex so it's always as is, where is around here.

Emergency couchsurfers still very welcome to call, just remember it's going to be basic no-frills couch.

We love having you around and we like to share with you.
Futons available, when possible we share meals, and we love to take you along on activities when we can.

**** Address Out of date**** Moving as of July 1 2014 to Ormstqwn QC (Small village in Chateauguay Valley)
OLD ADDRESS Address in Westmount but surrounded by Montreal. Walk/bike/Metro to downtown.

Four people, three twenty-something guys plus myself a theoretically adult woman. All students one way or another, all work one way or another, all fond of music. Varied interests in ecology, political science, history, engineering, math, and both old and new rock music.

Teacher, tutor and mentor. Read constantly. Wide and varied interests.
Enjoy active sports including downhill skiing, canoeing (not whitewater) and canoe-camping in wilderness parks, swimming, rock and roll dancing.

Always trying to get too many things done.

Like to talk but I do also listen.

Kind, helpful, and friendly, (and I have learned where to draw the line when I'm being used.)

I'm an adult but I hang out with roommates and friends less than half my age because they can almost keep up with me.

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Due to a few misunderstandings in the past, a few disclaimers needed:

We love to have you here, just recognize you are in our home.
Think that you are visiting your crazy but cool auntie and your cousins, and act accordingly.
This is *not* a hotel; it is a family home.
This is basic couchsurfing. Clean and reasonably quiet futons in shared spaces. No other services or warrantees implied. We get together when we can. Working students, not a constant party place. One bathroom for all four permanent residents plus guests/surfers -- sharing required, thoughtfulness requested.
WARNING: couchsurfers are welcome. Liars and users are not. If you say you are coming here, then show up. More or less when you say as much as possible. Cop-outs will receive a negative reference, which is taken very seriously in couchsurfing and will limit your future use of the network.

We all have our own lives and multiple activities and expect you to have the same.

Severe allergies and asthma, absolutely non-smoking.

BTW if you bothered to read this far, very sorry, I faked my age; actually in my fifties but I don't act it so the only way to get people to read this far is to fake it. Would prefer not to show age at all but the system requires it.

Generally I take allergies as a challenge and experiment with cooking using alternative foods. People generally like my cooking a lot.
Anyone who stays here needs to be conscious of the allergy issue, use no scented products and not add anything to the cooking; absolutely non-smoking; and I hope people I stay with will be clear about these questions.
Usually no problems if you are honest and straightforward;just remember that no means no.

PHILOSOPHY

Do good, pass it on, be honest

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I offer a couch, any time we can work this out.

If possible a friend and I may take a road trip some time'

Testing some html code - when this works right here are some maps of my travels:

:visited 11 states (84.6%)Create your own visited map of Canada

visited 36 states (72%)Create your own visited map of The United States

visited 3 states (1.33%)Create your own visited map of The World

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

We keep friends on the futon often, a couple of times a month or more.
We've had a number of couchsurfers, a few dozen by now. Most have been good people, two now dear friends.
Some on the wrong wavelength -- please read the profile above. We love guests and friends, and we aren't interested in being hotel servants to anyone.

I've travelled before and visited, with good and bad and sometimes bizarrely funny results . . . ask for stories if you like.

Interests

Reading, math, science, education, teaching reading, teaching math, languages and linguistics, art, rock music, downhill skiing, canoeing, canoe-camping, small cars, . . .

Music, Movies & Books

Escapist movies from Star War to James Bond
Rock music and blues-rock of almost all types
Roman mysteries, classic mysteries, science fiction, science fact, education, you name it

One Amazing Thing I've Done

One thing? How can you choose just one?
On ferry from Victoria to Vancouver BC with young daughter; Hong Kong Morris Dancers staged impromptu concert. (ie British Navy people from Hong Kong wearing dragons on the backs of their shirts, on the ferry in British Columbia rain forested islands, dancing medieval English folk dances originally inspired by the Moors in Spain. How's that for incongruities?)
Ran out of gas and cash, ran old Dodge van down from Jasper Alberta to Saskatchewan, 600 mi or 1000 km, coaxing along, on one tank of gas.
Ski patrolled in Labrador. minus 30 alone on hill at night.
Took train up to Labrador.
Northern Lights on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence in August.
Parked van on beach on north shore, forgot river was tidal, woke up with waves lapping at the tires.
Death Valley in July and Northwest Territories in January the same year (timing is obviously not my forte).
Climbed on top of the dome at MIT in my foolish youth
Discovered I can speak French
Discovered I can do abstract algebra
Nearly everything amazes me
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I ran in the last Canadian national election as the official candidate for the Rhinoceros Party. After a well-fought campaign, I was defeated by Marc Garneau -- being a former astronaut gives him an unfair advantage -- but I did come in ahead of the Communist (my 140 votes to his 80).
Here are links to the official campaign platform (about two feet high and made of wood) and the formal campaign speeches:
1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPxcD1kQJ50
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLNpuTo1-9U&feature=related
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWKN0O2bRPs&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moCv1MXPTZs&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
5.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogqaF6RaHJQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
6.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoLYkpQ8_Mw&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
7.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No46X-QWs6k&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
8.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deCDtia0An0&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
9.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40tppBU-ifo&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0FbgfTLEtY&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
11. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq3WQF-hqk0&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgkaPrAI660&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL
13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whqpMcIgKMU&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Teach, Learn, Share

All I do is teach!! Math, French, science, reading, English Canadian and Quebec culture -- you name it, just ask.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, United States

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