Rashaad Jorden

Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

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  • Studying Responsible Tourism Management at Leeds Metropol...
  • Through my travels as much as by school. I have a B.S. in...
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About Me


To obtain my master's degree and have fun doing so!


I've been a bit of a nomad since getting my bachelor's degree, and I would like to settle down and be happy with a country. But I have thoroughly enjoyed and treasured my travel experiences as they have taught me a lot about the world. My future is really unpredictable, but that will probably make my life fun. I love randomly meeting people and engaging in lengthy conversations with them.


All the freaky people make the beauty of the world

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'm not ready to host yet in Leeds but when I do, I will update this part of my profile. Hopefully, I will participate in CS activities when my schedule allows.


Since I've joined CouchSurfing, I've hosted nine couchsurfers (five solo travelers and two couples). I have surfed three couches through the site - Shailee's couch in Seoul (in March 2010), Jun and Sayaka's couch in Fukuoka (in May 2010) and Donna's couch in London (November 2013). I've done some informal and random couch surfing before, especially in France.

My favorite CouchSurfing experience was during my second visit to Thailand. I sat next to a dude on the ferry ride to Ko Samet who seemed friendly, so I decided to start a conversation with him. Pop (the dude) turned out to be really cool, and I ended up staying in a bungalow with him and his friends that night.

Now that I think of it, that experience was more CouchSharing than CouchSurfing. But it was a lot of fun :)


Traveling, reading, running, writing (although I don't do enough of it), football (the one played by Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc.), listening to music, amateur photography, cycling (the way I usually got around in rural Japan), hiking (mountains other than Fuji), live music, chilling on the beach, taiko (太

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: I can't say I'm a big movie buff, but Ghostbusters is my favorite. I should watch more movies but it seems like I have other priorities.

Music: I enjoy listening to, among others, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ani DiFranco, John Butler Trio, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Sade, and Les Nubians.

Books: I love reading, but I don't read enough books (My time for reading gets sucked up by the 'net). I have been become a Lonely Planet addict, so I just love pouring through a recent Lonely Planet travel guide (even if it looks like I have no chance in hell of visiting that place). I love reading travel magazines. Books I love include On the Road and Black Like Me.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I don't think it's happened yet. But who knows... it might even happen tomorrow.

Now that I think of it, completing the 2010 Tokyo Marathon (in 3:28.16) was my proudest accomplishment.

Teach, Learn, Share

If you'd like help about learning French (la plus belle langue au monde), I'm more than willing to help. Also, I love running, so if you're up for a jog, that would be great.

I would love to learn how to play the didgeridoo, speak Portuguese and Japanese (despite having spent a lot of time in Japan, my grasp of the language still sucks)... There are a lot of other things I would love to learn that I can't think of. Basically, you can learn from anyone and anything.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Monaco, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Japan, United Kingdom, United States

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