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About me

These two thoughts are my port and starboard for now, and somehow the ship keeps running:

1."Freedom is only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom."- William James

2. "Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness."- Ludwig Wittgenstein

I'm Michaelangelo and I love roaming about, meeting people and making things with them. For example- music, houses, festival sites, tea, dinner, films, gardens.

For now I'm living in Madrid. I can't host but I've got time for tea/talks/walks, so drop me a message.

My email address is earlyturtle (a) mac (d) com,mobile is +34 600 701039

I like direct and personal requests. If you're requesting on behalf of a friend, get them to write me.

I'm from Bristol in the UK and I've been travelling on and off since 2009. Hitch-hiking is where I am happiest. I write about it occasionally on the blog at the bottom.

Spoken languages

  • English Mother Tongue
  • Spanish Beginner
  • Japanese Beginner

My interests


Cooking, reading, watching films and playing/learning finger-picking on the acoustic guitar.
Camping, swimming and building projects/carpentry.


A Handmade Life by Bill Coperthwaite (If I could recommend one book for this century)
The Mind In the Cave by David Lewis Williams
Dersu Uzala by V.K. Arseniev
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The Lathe Of Heaven and The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola
Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Diaspora by Greg Egan
Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de St. Exupery
Any book by Philip K Dick


David Bowie, Eliane Radigue, DJ Shadow, Air, Pink Floyd, cLOUDDEAD, Radiohead, Max Romeo, Brian Eno, Grouper, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Carbon Based Lifeforms, Future Sound of London, Autechre, Boards Of Canada, Tim Hecker, Leonard Cohen, Blockhead, Prefuse 73, Frank Zappa, Deerhunter, Quasimoto, William Basinski, Harold Budd, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Aphex Twin, Biosphere, Jimi Hendrix, Ametsub, The Heptones, Roxy Music, Tenniscoats, King Sunny Ade, The Chosen Few, Funkadelic, Atlas Sound, John Hartford, John Fahey, John Hurt, Swamp Dogg


Seven Samurai, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Once Upon A Time In The West, Ikiru, 3Iron, Silent Running, Cinema Paradiso,, For All Mankind, Encounters At The End Of The World, Little Dieter Needs To Fly,Stroszek, Woyzeck, Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Baraka, Dark Days, Bus 174, Stalker, Solaris, The Sacrifice

Organisations I belong to:

I'd never be a member of any club that would have me.

(...yes, this is Groucho Marx.)

Travel experiences

Past trips:

'Come from forever

Planned trips:

and you will go everywhere.'

Belongs to the following groups



Here occasionally.



I want to share what I can with other travellers and hosts.

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never ask
Max number of guests:
Maximum length of stay:

Unable to host at present.

Please bring:

I think you can safely turn up empty-handed, just bring an open mind and basic decency, and things will work.

I can offer my guests:
A guided tour, A dinner.
I can offer my hosts:

Involvement. 8 years a wwoofer and hitcher. Good at helping out with whatever needs doing, stepping back and being quiet included.
I teach English for a living, happy to share that as well as anything I know about music.

Other information for guests:

I can cook for vegetarians, or you can cook vegan and teach me. I eat very little sugar and no chocolate.
If you feel like you have to bring a gift (you don't!), then something that isn't chocolate would be cool.

Public transport:

The flat is a 15 minute walk from Atocha station.

Atocha station is a €5 bus from the airport or a €5 metro ride. It takes the same amount of time but if you get the metro you may as well go all the way to the Lavapiés metro station. We live on the road next to it (1.5 minute walk).

House Rules:

Smoke out the window.
Anything you use, please leave it as you found it.

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