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Nicholas Lauder

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Overview

  • 65 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • Living
  • Some University, more life
  • From Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

urban permaculture

ABOUT ME

"I'm old enough to see behind me and young enough to feel my soul" to quote Lenny Kravitz, that's exactly how I feel at this point in my life. Living in Mexico, I've learned that nothing should be taken for granted and that life is too precious to worry for the future. Still looking for my path in life, but I'm loving the search. I suppose I'm a mixture of personalities depending on which day you may find me. I am introverted and extroverted; passionate and apathetic; rational and irrational; emotional and cold. I'm starting to sound bi-polar. If I could sum up my personality in one phrase, it would be risk taker. Something I've become addicted to. Regardless of the outcome I love the thrill of the unpredictable and unforeseen. I understand there are few certainties in life with the exception of death. I do enjoy conversations on just about everything however am growing weary of politics. It seems like such a circus, when there are so many other pressing issues in the world today.
I'm beyond an avid motorcyclist, I'm not sure if there is a category for my type of enthusiasm, my bike is very precious to me. Right now I'm planning a big trip across the Americas, utilizing Couchsurfers. Should you care to solicited any advice I'm all ears.
I pride myself on being able to adapt to all situations and having little expectations. I find the less I expect, the more I enjoy and more often then not, pleasantly surprised.

PHILOSOPHY

Personal philosophy, why all these questions. If you wanna know what my personal philosophy it is something that we'll have to talk over a beer, wine, cocktails, pisco sours, coffee, or simply all of the above.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I enjoy participating as much as I can, I'm happy that the ambassador role is becoming more defined and we'll be able to meet up with new members. I love hosting when I can and showing my guest what Vancouver, my adopted home, has to offer.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Hosted - Gret and Aden in Guadalajara (3 nights)
Surfed - Monica in Mexico City (3 nights)
Surfed - Adrian in Mexico City (1 night)
surfed - Elena in Puerto Vallarta (2 nights)
surfed - Claudia in Aguascalientes (2 nights)
Hosted - Bradly in Guadalajara (3 nights)
Hosted - Thomas in Guadalajara (1 night)
Surfed - Carlos in Zacatecas (1 night)
Surfed - Adrian in Monterrey (1 night)
Surfed - Samantha in San Antonio (1 night)
Surfed - Anne in Dallas (2 nights)
Became Nomadic Ambassador
Surfed - Stacy in Memphis (1 night)
Surfed - Garrett in Indianapolis (2 nights)
Hosted - Luke from Australia (10 days in Toronto)
Hosted - Julie and Iannick from Montreal (3 days in Toronto)
Hosted - Marlou from Quebec City (10 days in Toronto)
Hosted - Laura and Claudia from Spain (Chicago) (4 days in Toronto)
Hosted - Kerry from Victoria (2 days in Toronto)
Hosted - Margherita and Phoebe from Italy and Amsterdam (New Paltz, NY) (A weekend that was too short in Toronto)
Hosted - Jorge and Danny from Germany (7 days in Vancouver)
Hosted -Mr X from Boston (2 nights in Vancouver)
Hosted Chris from Holland (4 days in Vancouver)
Hosted Ling from Australia (8 days in Vancouver)
Hosted Mireille from China/Quebec (4 days and then 4 more)

Interests

include but not limited to Motorcycling, rock climbing, reading, current events, football, playing sports, photography (novice), camping, crossfit, and rational thinking, breaking routines, spontaneous combustion.

Music, Movies & Books

Books: "Razor's Edge" W Somerset Maugham, "Even Cowgirls get the Blues" Tom Robbins, People's History of the United States of America" Howard Zinn, "The Stranger" Albert Camus, The Zinn Reader Howard Zinn, The World According to Garp, John Irving, Cider House Rules John Irving, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Timothy Findley, The Jungle, Upton Sinclair Letters to the Earth, Mark Twain 100%: The story of a Patriot, Upton Sinclair, The Godfather, Mario Puzo, The importance of being Ernest, Oscar Wilde, The Myth of Sisyphus, Ishmael, (thanks to another couchsurfer),

Movies: Vicky Christina Barcelona, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Baraka, Into the Wild, One Week

Music: Too much to name, Tragically Hip, U2, basically enjoy any kind of music depending on my mood. Love spanish artist.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Drove from Guadalajara, Mexico to Toronto, Canada in about 8 days, couchsurfing along the way. Met some incredible people, don't judge Americans because of their foreign policy
Drove to and from Mexico City, got lost in Mexico city for two hours, almost died but didn't.
Chased a dream that didn't turn out how I would have liked. Decided to stop chasing dreams and start living them.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach- Having been a teacher, I humbly accept that you can't teach anyone. You can share what little you know but it is up to the other to decide what is worth learning.

Learn- anything and everything, I know absolutely nothing.

Share- Yes.

Countries I've Visited

Cuba, Jamaica, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Canada, Mexico, United States

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