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Alex Willemsma

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

  • 95 Positive References
  • Fluent in English
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Website Programmer / Anything that f...
  • On the road and through friends mostly.
  • From Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To hear the song of the open road on the wind.

ABOUT ME

It seems I've always done things different from the majority. I grew up homeschooled, taught myself web design while in highschool and started working full time as soon as I graduated, skipping university entirely. That job lasted about a year and a half before I quit for the freedom and challenge of freelance work. About that same time I discovered traveling and couchsurfing, and the rest, as they say, is history.
I honestly believe that a better life means more time, not more money or stuff, and I'm learning to live that out. The earth is my home, and I aim to explore as much of it as I can, even if I have to walk most of it. Enjoying a campfire with friends, watching the sunrise from a train or boat deck, not knowing where I'll sleep tonight -- these are the types of experiences I live for.

PHILOSOPHY

there's only two types of people in the world: those who act, and those who re-act.
- unknown to me.

go big or go home

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone --Thoreau.

Why live life on the edge, when you can jump off?

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have participated by attending the Costa Rica collective and Istanbul Collective, spending time at CS Basecamp in San Francisco and by surfing many couches and attending many gatherings. I lived in Montreal for a while and hosted many Couchsurfers at my apartment there. Now I'm hitting the road again long term, and looking forward to many more amazing Couchsurfing experiences!

Of course, I tell people about CS every chance I get!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Surfed Chris's couch in Portland for a few days and had a ton of fun, can't wait to travel again!

Couchsurfed in the Netherlands, France, Itally, Greece and the UK during the summer 2008.

CouchSurfed a few times around Costa Rica while I was there.

Attended TentSurf 09 in Colorado.

CouchSurfed a couple times in Turkey, Fall 2009

CouchSurfed in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Vancouver summer of 2010.

Hosted and hung out with lots of CouchSurfers in Wellington, Fall 2010.

CouchSurfed in Paris, Malta, and Germany, Summer 2011.

CouchSurfed in Ottawa & Chicago spring / early summer 2012.

CouchSurfed in Berne, Switzerland; Regensburg, Germany; Riga, Latvia; and Stockholm, Sweeden August/Sept of 2012.

CouchSurfed through the American south while bicycing from Orlando FL to Austin TX, Winter 2013.

Currently living and hosting in Vancouver, BC, Canada :).

Interests

Traveling (of course)
Computers / Interent
Poi Dancing
Juggling!
Surfing
Rock, Electronic, & Symphonic Metal Music
Sustainable Architecture / Earthships

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Action movies (love the Pirates of the Caribean movies). Some favorites: Where the Buffalo roam, Little Nicky, Requiem for a Dream, Spun, Black Dynamite, Fight club.Music: Classic Rock, Dance, Trance, and electronic music in general. Some bluegrass. Also alternative / symphonic metal (Nightwish, Avantasia, Within Temptation, etc).Books: All kinds of Fantasy books, reading a few more of the classics lately. The "Malazan, Book of the Fallen" series is the best fantasy I've ever read.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Attended Burning Man 2009, KiwiBurn 2010, and taBURNak 2011 and 2012 (the Montreal decompression). Attended Burning Man 2013.

Teach, Learn, Share

Can teach pretty much all things computers... programming, websites, software.

Can teach juggling and poi spinning!

I want to learn kiteboarding and surfing!

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Turkey, United States

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