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Currently I am a vagabond with no-fixed address traveling around the world. Before starting on this adventure I was previously working as a social worker at a house for people that experienced mental illness and / or had addictions to drugs and alcohol. It was an interesting job and more inspiring than depressing as some people might expect, but the pull to see the world was too strong and so I left in August 2014 to take an extended trip.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
The first time that I went overseas I spent most of my time mingling with other backpackers. It seemed hard to meet locals and those that I did interact with were involved either directly or indirectly in the tourism industry.
Participating in Couch Surfing has been a great way to break out of that trap and be able to connect with local people that are interested in genuine friendship and cultural exchange.
Since then I have hosted visitors to Melbourne, attended city meet-ups and have had the good fortune to have been graciously taken out for a meal or given a place to stay while traveling abroad.
Yoga, Meditation, Books, Public Speaking, Thai Massage, Drinking, Muay Thai, History, Politics, Psychology, Movies and Music.
- social work
- language exchange
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Beatles.
Movies: One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Shawshank Redemption, Dial M for Murder.
Authors: Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Charles Bukowski, George Orwell.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Here's a few things that have happened:
*Bewildered and shocked an Indian mother on a train by explaining that I might not get married or have children.
*Had a near death experience on a bus crash in Laos.
*Almost got arrested in Cambodia after walking into the country without a visa believing that the border checkpoint was fake.
* Was given a marriage offer in a Burmese village - provided that I was prepared to toil the fields.
* Completed two 10-day silent meditation retreats
Teach, Learn, Share
Language Exchange: English for Spanish
Learn: Estoy aprendiendo castellano.
Share: Thai Massage
What I Can Share with Hosts
Thai Massage: I have been learning Thai Massage in Chiang Mai and am keen to do massages for any of my hosts!!!!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In