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Overview

  • 51 references 36 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 41, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Accident investigator/history tutor
  • M.A. in History
  • From Los Angeles, CA, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To walk the earth. I expect to work remotely from Colombia and Brazil for most of 2024 and from various countries around the Mediterranean during 2025.

ABOUT ME

I want to burn brightly and shed light on the darkness of mutual ignorance. I believe in the promise and potential of the road. We'll get along well if you too enjoy getting lost recreationally.

I joined Couchsurfing in 2009, while I was teaching English and traveling around China. Though Couchsurfing these days is a rather different community from that which existed then, I still hope to keep alive its original egalitarian spirit of spontaneous community. In addition to China, I have lived in Canada (where I foolishly resisted learning French), the U.S. (where I investigated car accidents and seemed to be the only non-actor in Hollywood) , Turkey (where I taught history), and now Mexico City, from which I am working remotely. There's something delightfully zany about this city. I think I'm going to stick around for a while.

"...pack your leaving trunk, you know we got to leave today
Just exactly where we going I can not say
But we might even leave the U.S.A.
'Cause it's a brand new game, and I want to play."

-Alan Wilson

PHILOSOPHY

"But let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious."-Jack Kerouac

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I host and attend meetups occasionally. I live a few blocks north of the Reforma, near Chapultepec Park. If you're in town and want to taste some local experiences, I can be of assistance. I'm also interested in interviewing travelers about their adventures. One of my articles, about a couchsurfer who hitchhiked from Serbia to Beijing, can be seen here:

http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/on-hitchhiking-across-asia-and-couchsurfing-with-the-taliban/

Interests

Meeting observant people, daytripping, contemplating, visiting museums and historic sites, reading historical accounts, eating apples in bucolic environments.

  • arts
  • street art
  • concerts
  • reading
  • traveling
  • journalism
  • hitchhiking
  • beaches

Music, Movies, and Books

60s and 70s counter culture classics

(Blow Up, Easy Rider, Putney Swope).

Thought provoking science fiction
(2001, Bladerunner, Moon, The Man From Earth).

Film with dream-like thoughtscapes
(Eternal Sunshine, Vanilla Sky, Being John Malkovich).

Charming/ridiculous indie comedies
(The Big Lebowski, anything by Wes Anderson, Ghost World,
Punch Drunk Love, Submarine).

War films that are more than war films
(Apocalypse Now, The Thin Red Line, Paths of Glory).

Stylish violence and satire (Tarantino, American Psycho).

Artsy romance films in which the protagonists fail to truly connect (Chungking Express, 3 Iron, 500 Days of Summer).

Unintentionally awful films (The Room, Manos The Hands of Fate).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hitchhiked from Beijing to Shanghai.

What I Can Share with Hosts

They say a picture says a thousand words.

I say a thousand stories give a picture.

I have many stories to tell.

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, China, Mexico, Turkey, United States

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