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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.
I'm travelling the world for 6 months, and am 4 months in. So far I've visited New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Dubai. I'm currently in San Francisco and I'll be spending time in LA, Las Vegas and Vancouver.
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 as a management consultant in London.
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 innate 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 good with my hands and can fix almost anything around the house. I'm also more than happy to get involved in chores.
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.
Adventure, exploring, world politics, science, astronomy, history, writing, movies, photography, learning, computers, rock/indie music, space exploration,
Music, Movies, and Books
I LOVE movies. 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... more recently I was really impressed with Edge of Tomorrow
TV: Game of Thrones, 24, West Wing, House of Cards, Sopranos (followed it avidly until the amazing ending), Lost (followed it avidly until the terrible ending), Homeland, Breaking Bad, House.
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 Feast for Crows' the forth 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, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac. Irish bands that I'll always love: Saw Doctors and The Pogues. Recent stuff: Taylor Swift, Kanye, Jay Z, John Legend
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Stood at the highest point in Africa, the summit of Kilimanjaro.
In July 2015 I rode a motorcycle 1,315 miles from one end of Vietnam to the other.
Teach, Learn, Share
Irish history, IT stuff, science, history, politics
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'm good with my hands and can fix almost anything around the house. I'm also more than happy to get involved in chores.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Cambodia, Laos, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hungary, United Kingdom