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Mark A. Cadiz

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Overview

  • 25 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English, Tagalog; learning French, French, Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • No occupation listed
  • Oh I went to school alright...
  • From Born and raised in Winnipeg Canada
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To build up my couchsurfing répertoire!

ABOUT ME

Here to straighten out your Canadian Misinterpretation So to kick things off, I'll drop you with a brief background check on 1 of the 33 million who call themselves canucks. C'est parti!

I am a 100% pure bred Canadian with origins, mainly hailing from the once known economic southeast asian tiger and former spanish colony, The Philippines, hence the surname. Usually I don't even bother with explaining my origins, but I've found that many people I've met while travelling are curious about my roots. The simple words of "I'm Canadian", or "I'm from Canada" coming out of my mouth doesn't seem to suffice. Therefore, I feel that it's necessary to do a little straightening out, canadian style. Born in central Canada in a little town we call Winnipeg, I come from one of the prairie provinces of this country.

Winnipeg is an overwhelmingly anglophone city which has strong francophone roots, as french is the second most spoken language in the province. Yes it is true, there are many francophones or people who speak french living outside Quebec. Anglophone or francophone, no matter what tounge you might speak, no matter what origins you might have, Canada is a cultural mosaic. It is a fact of life, and we embrace it. We invented the word MULTICULTURALISM, we live by it and I'm only one out of the bunch.

Anyway, moseying along to less patriotic behaviour, I have been in Paris for almost 3 years now, living out my European inquisitiveness. I still don't know exactly when I'll be leaving this continent, but sooner rather than later (unfortunately it is out of my hands). I like to call it my own joyful rebellion :P

I'll be on a lifelong wandering escapade, far away from the brainwashed social norms of society. Re-educating myself on world cultures and issues for pure self-fulfilment and awareness. Europe, The Americas, Asia, Oceania, you name it and I'm there, even if it takes a lifetime.

PHILOSOPHY

Make the best of what you got, there is always someone out there less fortunate then you.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love meeting people from around the world and the CS2 project has allowed me to do that from the lovely comforts of my own city!

I've hosted people, I've surfed in unknown territories and had many wonderful cultural exchanges. It is amazing how this community has grown and how it continues to grow. Our curiousities of the outside world has definitely brought this community together and made it stronger. That is what it is all about mes amies!

Good job to all the CS2 admins, volunteers and participaters! RIDE THAT WAVE & KEEP SURFING!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've had many guests in different locales of the Paris region and it has been a huge pleasure, but on the other hand my CV lacks surfing experience. I've only been around several times. Oh that's soon to change...I bet your good old dirty couch on it ;P

September 26, 2005 first couch surfing experience in Paris! Seems so long ago :P

Couchsurfed in Belgium, The Netherlands, Hungary, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, and around France...

Interests

Mainly travelling, meeting new people, culture, languages, writing, photography, good music, dance, history, world issues, current events, saving the planet, reading, and sports. I fully support the green movement and the environmental cause for reducing greenhouse gas consumption, adapting green practices and the overall action of protecting our environment. Any small effort makes a difference. Enviromental education is key for the future of this planet and anything that you could do to minimize your carbon footprint is encouraged. Please protect Mother Earth. From your friendly neighbourhood green supporter ;)

Music, Movies & Books

The MotorCycle Diaries, Lords of Dogtown, La Mome,

Teach, Learn, Share

I could share some of my european travel agent wisdom, I sure can shed some light to those who got the dance blues, because I'm full of rhythm, and last but not least, my curious brainy hemispheres could use a dose of new knowledge.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, France

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