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Michael Greene

London, London, England

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Overview

  • 2 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Hungarian, Spanish, Swahili
  • 28, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • IT Consultant
  • Northumbria University
  • From Fermanagh, Ireland
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.

ABOUT ME

I'm endlessly curious about the world we live in and the people who inhabit it. I'm very laidback and friendly and I believe there is nothing worse than living in one place your whole life, never seeing how other cultures live. I work a management consultant in London.

PHILOSOPHY

A few thoughts off the top of my head: Simplicity is best. Judge a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. I'd like to believe that karma exists but the evidence says otherwise. Tradition has no divine right to be respected; take and use what is useful or morally right, discard the rest.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

At the moment: by staying on stranger's couches! I'm very practical too though; DIY etc. And hard-working, more than happy to get involved in chores around the house! In future: by hosting and joining the London CS group.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I visited New York in Easter 2011 for the second time to see my brother: on a whim, booking it 10 days in advance. In Times Square on my second to last night, I called an old school-friend to go for drinks. He wasn't picking up and my brother was working late, which meant I had an evening of boredom in the apartment ahead of me.

En route to the subway I saw 2 students holding 'free hugs' signs. I walked past at first, but doubled back and hugged them. I ended up joining them (they had spare signs) and hugging strangers of all descriptions, and backgrounds. Many people were wary of our motives, it didn't make sense to them that we would offer something as intimate as a hug for nothing in return. They thought we were selling religion or some product.

More often than not we were approached by giddy tourists but occasionally it would be someone who just needed a hug. It was eye-opening, heart-warming, more fun than I could possibly have imagined. We recruited an old hippy couple and a middle-aged businessman in a suit from Mississippi to our free hugs cause and ended up spending 4 hours on those perennially bright streets.

Interests

Adventure, exploring, world politics, science, astronomy, history, writing, movies, photography, learning, computers, rock/indie music, space exploration,

Music, Movies & Books

I LOVE movies. Christoper Nolan reigns supreme, the Dark Knight trilogy was a masterpiece, even if The Dark Knight Rises didn't quite match up to The Dark Knight. A few favourites: Usual Suspects, The Matrix (first one only, sequels were atrocious), Star Wars (again, atrocious sequels), Leon, Superbad, Spinal Tap, Touching the Void, Forrest Gump, Glengarry Glen Ross, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Braveheart, Pursuit of Happyness, Once Were Warriors, Une Prophet...

I'm also a big fan of TV. 24, West Wing, Sopranos (followed it avidly until the amazing ending), Lost (followed it avidly until the piss-poor ending), Homeland, Breaking Bad, House, LOVE Game of Thrones - one of the most well cast and faithful adaptations I've ever seen.

I read voraciously as a child until the Internet destroyed my attention span - I'm trying. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Slaughterhouse Five, The Road. Asimov's 'The Last Question' is my favourite short story. I'm currently reading 'A Clash of Kings' the second book in the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.

I grew up with my older siblings' favourite music: Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, AC/DC etc. I also love Jimi Hendrix, R.E.M., 80s U2, old school gangsta rap, Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Ocean Colour Scene, Stone Roses, Kasabian, Oasis, Blur. Irish bands that I'll always love: Saw Doctors and The Pogues. No particular interest in mainstream pop music but I'll listen to almost anything. Listening to Jay-Z & Kanye: Watch the Throne at the moment.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Stood at the highest point in Africa, the summit of Kilimanjaro.

visited 14 states (6.22%)Create your own visited map of The World or Brazil travel guide for Android

Teach, Learn, Share

Irish history, IT stuff, science, history, politics

Countries I've Visited

Morocco, Netherlands, Tanzania, United Republic of, United Arab Emirates, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Hungary, United Kingdom

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