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Alexander Nelson

Vancouver, WA, United States

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Overview

  • 37 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Student + Traveler
  • University
  • No hometown listed
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Through Couchsurfing I see sides of cities, cultures and people I would never be able to on my own

ABOUT ME

My Current Trip: For ten months I have been travelling through Central and South America. For the first month I traveled with a girl; my friend Chaney. Since then I have been travelling solo. I don't know how much time I have left on this journey.

My Past Trips: I went on a few road trips that introduced me to couchsurfing but it wasn't until I worked for Alaska Airlines during the last half of 2013 that I really began to travel meaningfully. Flying standby on my days off I was able to see a lot of the US and Mexico in a short amount of time. Working on the ramp crushed my soul but every weekend I could walk onto a plane for free, and that made it all worth it.

My City: I'm proud to live in the weirdest city in the USA: beautiful Portland, Oregon. It can be a little overrated, pretentious, and quiet at times but when it comes down to it it really is a great place to thrive.

PHILOSOPHY

Life is too short to be taken seriously but it's also too short to not be taken seriously

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING -

For a long time I only surfed then I opened my place to travelers. Now I'm travelling again.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE -

SURFING:

UNITED STATES: Northern California Road Trip, British Columbia Road Trip, Coastal Washington Road Trip, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, the Big Island of Hawaii

MEXICO: Tijuana, Mexico DF, Puebla, Tuxtla Gutierrez

GUATEMALA: Xela

HONDURAS: San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa

COSTA RICA: San Jose

PANAMA: Ciudad de Panama, Colon

COLOMBIA: Medellin, Barranquilla

VENEZUELA: Maracaibo, Caracas, Margarita, Valencia, Maracay, San Cristobal

ECUADOR: Guayaquil, Cuenca

HOSTING:

Portland, USA: Travelers from Japan, Germany and France

Interests

Project: I'm writing a book about this experience traveling through Latin America.

Goals: Meet fun people, do fun things, eat fun food and see fun places.

Interests: University, adventure travel, podcasts, minimalism and frugality, alternative cultures and lifestyles, partying, internationalism, futurism, hiking, and wearing shorts instead of pants

Music, Movies & Books

Books: Shantaram, Lord of the Rings, Fahrenheit 451, Things Fall Apart, Country of the Blind, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztec, Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure, the Sex Lives of Cannibals

Music: Reggaeton. America's sweetheart and the toast of Florida: Pitbull! Also country music will always hold a special place in my heart. Who brought the party? Damn, that was Florida Georgia Line.

Movies: Fight Club, Footloose, Dazed and Confused, The Motorcycle Diaries, Lord of the Rings, Top Gun, Space Jam, and Grownups 2.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

1: This life changing tour through Latin America!

2: Working for an airline and being able to fly all across the United States for free!

Teach, Learn, Share

Main Interest: You and your city! I want to learn about your life and where you live; if you're a Couchsurfing host you're an interesting person.

Other Interests: Self improvement, economic development, international trade, social dynamics, geopoltics, how technology is transforming society, and new media/marketing.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I'm always interested in accompanying you and doing things! I think I'm pretty fun to be around and enjoy talking about anything; no topic is off limits.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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