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Improve my German! And my Russian!
Just moved to Stuttgart in June 2016, so I'm looking to meet new people since I know nobody here. If anyone wants to watch a football match, get some food, or just explore the city, please let me know!
I'm originally from NY, went to college in Virgina, then joined the Army and have lived in Alabama, Germany, Kansas, Honduras, South Korea, California, and a deployment to Iraq.
I love to travel and got to explore a lot of Europe, Central America and Asia during my assignments abroad. My mom is German and has traveled a lot herself, and I think she gave me the travel bug. It seems like the more places I visit, the more I still want to see.
I grew up just outside New York City, so i love going to big cities and wandering around, but I also like doing outdoors stuff. I enjoy hiking, and did a bit in Peru when I went there in January 09. I broke my ankle ziplining in Laos, and hiking on that was not nearly as fun (long but good story if you'd like to hear it.
I'm a sports nut, both playing and watching. I'll play anything (not to say that I'm great at everything) and will watch most, but my favorite is baseball (Go Yankees!)
Everything happens for a reason, and everything ends up alright, no matter how it seems at the time. If I hadn't gotten stuck wandering the streets of Rome for an hour trying to find a place with an open room, or forgotten my ATM PIN at the Beijing airport, or gotten my face smashed in by an errant baseball, I wouldn't have met some of my best friends in the world. So I try to never plan too far ahead and let things unfold as they will. Stressful for some, fun for me. And I guess I believe in Karma too, since one time I met a couchsurfer who had gotten a new ATM PIN and locked herself out, so I loaned her money at our first meeting, just as someone else had done for me in China, and since she works at a massage place I ended up with a free massage as a result. DO good things for people and it'll come back to you.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
My first couple years I did a lot of surfing, but I hosted a lot when I lived in Seoul and California. It's great to meet people from all over, while traveling or having people visit me.
So far, all good! I've surfed in Atlanta, Tallahassee, DC, Montreal, Nashville, Orlando, Chicago, San Salvador, Guatemala, Thailand, Vietnam, Slovenia, Turkey, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Uruguay, Israel, and Japan (among others) and I've met other CSers in Seattle, Savannah, Miami and Belize... I've hosted surfers from China, U.S., Germany, Russia, Somalia, Poland, France, Malaysia, Romania...
I've also had some "couchsurfing"experiences not through this site. My favorite: I met a guy in Oslo who let me crash on an extra mattress at his dorm room. Well, that's not entirely true. I met a German guy who had met a Norwegian, and he let the German stay in his dorm room while he (the Norwegian) was out of town. I met the German, who introduced me to the other Norwegians sharing the apartment, and they let me stay too. I think traveling is all about fun stories and experiences like that.
Obviously I love to travel. When I'm not doing that I love old movies and just about any sport. I like to play basketball, baseball and tennis (and team handball if i can find anyone else who knows how to play). And, of course, I love the Yankees. Oh, and I love game nights (Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, Scrabble, Mafia, etc)
- outdoor activities
- public policy
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Godfather, Casablanca, Singin in the Rain, City Lights. Basically I love the classics, although some more recent movies like Life is Beautiful and LA Confidential are great too. And the new Batmans are amazing.
Music: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, classic rock generally, and Oldies.
Books: Catch-22, 1984, America: The Book, anything by Vince Flynn (guilty pleasure), Dan Brown, Bill Bryson, Kurt Vonnegut or Carl Hiaasen.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and Machu Picchu in Peru, walked along the Great Wall of China, explored the ruins of Angkor Wat and kayaked in Halong Bay, biked around Paris and flown a Blackhawk over Baghdad, hitchhiked in Japan, Korea, Honduras and Transylvania, to Dracula's castle among other places. I've been to the Olympics in Torino and Beijing, and hope to go everywhere else...
Teach, Learn, Share
I love telling stories about my travels and hearing the stories of others. I know how to fly a helicopter, but I don't think I could teach you very easily, unless you have a helicopter we can use. I speak some German and Russian, and am always looking for an opportunity to speak it with someone.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Honduras, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lithuania, South Korea, United States