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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. ~ T.S. Eliot
Last year I travelled the world for 6 months. I visited New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Dubai, San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Las Vegas, Vancouver and NYC.
I'm endlessly curious about the world we live in. 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.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I visited New York in Easter 2011 to see my brother. 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.
Mostly it was just giddy tourists but occasionally it would be someone who actually wanted 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 cause and ended up spending 4 hours on those perennially bright streets. I want to share experiences like that with the people here.
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 recent favourites: Deadpool, Star Wars TFA, Edge of Tomorrow. Old favs: Usual Suspects, The Matrix, 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...
TV: Game of Thrones, 24, West Wing, House of Cards, Sopranos, Lost, Homeland, Breaking Bad, House.
I read voraciously as a child until the Internet destroyed my attention span - I'm trying to read more. Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Slaughterhouse Five, The Road. Asimov's 'The Last Question' is my favourite short story.
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,, science,, politics, technology
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, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Laos, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Hungary, Ireland, United Kingdom