Alex Blackwelder

Chattanooga, TN, USA

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  • Photographer
  • B.S. in Global Studies
  • From Knoxville, TN, USA
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About Me


I want to improve my Chinese! 我想提高我的汉语!


I just got back from a year in China. It rocked :)

I love to travel, meet new people, laugh, etc. Even though I love traveling, I find that sometimes it is so heartbreaking to leave a new place or new friends. But that is probably a good sign!


"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." -E. F. Schumacher

"A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart."
— Chuck Palahniuk

“What is the difference between exploring and being lost?”
-Dan Eldon

“Our Similarities bring us to a common ground; Our Differences allow us to be fascinated by each other”
- Tom Robbins

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


meetups, surfing, hosting!


culture, art, folk studies, reading, relationships, philosophy, documentary, photography, roller coasters, cute kittens, learning, people watching, routine, hearing people's stories, Appalachia, mountains, walking around, long bus and train rides

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I'm so grateful to experience so many awesome things!

Witnessed the synchronized fireflies in the Smokey National Park. Imagine laying out in complete silence and pitch black, then seeing hundreds and hundreds of fireflies lighting up at the same time! Amazing!

I've been on a reality TV show.

Had a traditional Chinese New Year in the countryside with my friend's famiy. It was so much fun trying to learn her village's dialect so I could communicate with her grandparents. By the end of the week, her grandma loved me and was always trying to teach me her dialect!

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Canada, China, Mexico, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, United States

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