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Jesse Allhands

Madison, WI, USA

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Overview

  • 127 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English, German; learning Dutch, French, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Translator, Supply-Chain Manager, Ma...
  • BA German, BA Political Science, Eur...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Some people wait for the adventure of a lifetime. I prefer to make my lifetime an adventure.

ABOUT ME

I'm a flexible and adventurous person who is full of energy! I'm very outgoing and love to socialize. I like to meet new people and talk about almost anything. My Myers-Briggs temperament is ENFP. I'm a very reliable (except for being on time), honest & forthcoming person. I'm often a night-owl that stays up to late hours of the night (or early morning) but I can get up very early/go to bed early if people need me to. I've traveled all over Europe and I've lived in Germany and Austria both for over a year (und spreche fließend Deutsch.) I love learning languages! I'm currently working on French.

As for hobbies, I am a semi-professional photographer so I love to photograph stuff. If you consider traveling a hobby, it's definitely one of mine! I am also a DJ (a real one with turntables... not just pressing play on a CD player at a high school dance), but I don't do it much anymore. I love being outdoors (camping, hiking, mountain biking, etc...) in general. I'm also a technology freak so I love computers, the internet, and technology. I play several instruments, but my main instrument is cello. Music is my LIFE!

I studied German, Political Science, and European Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison until May of 2009, and I recently completed a Fulbright program in Austria for two years where I taught English at two schools in Vorarlberg.

If you want to find out more about me, just get in contact with me... I'm online very often and am easy to get in contact with.

PHILOSOPHY

I could talk for hours about my personal philosophy, but there are two quotes that really help to illustrate my philosophy:

Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.
-Henrik Ibsen

THIS IS YOUR LIFE. DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND DO IT OFTEN. IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOMETHING, CHANGE IT. IF YOU DON'T LIKE YOUR JOB, QUIT AND DO SOMETHING ELSE. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME, STOP WATCHING TV. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, STOP; THEY WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU WHEN YOU START DOING THINGS YOU LOVE. STOP OVER-ANALYZING. ALL EMOTIONS ARE BEAUTIFUL. LIFE CAN BE SIMPLE. WHEN YOU EAT, APPRECIATE EVERY LAST BITE. OPEN YOUR MIND, ARMS, AND HEART TO NEW THINGS AND PEOPLE. WE ARE UNITED IN OUR DIFFERENCES. ASK THE NEXT PERSON YOU SEE WHAT THEIR PASSION IS, AND SHARE YOUR INSPIRING DREAM WITH THEM. TRAVEL OFTEN. GETTING LOST WILL HELP YOU FIND YOURSELF. SOME OPPORTUNITIES ONLY COME ONCE, SEIZE THEM. LIFE IS ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU MEET, AND THE THINGS YOU CREATE WITH THEM SO GO OUT AND START CREATING. LIFE IS SHORT. LIVE YOUR DREAM, AND USE YOUR PASSION.
-The HOLSTEE Manifesto. (Slightly edited by me)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I want to help people with their travels just as so many people have helped me during my travels. I love to host people and I love showing people around as a guide. I enjoy planning couchsurfing events & parties, so let me know if you're interested in helping me put one together!

If you are new to Couchsurfing, you might want to visit this very useful page with lots of helpful information: The CS Resource Center

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I really enjoy hosting couchsurfers because of the interesting people I get to meet. I love to show couchsurfers around town and share with them the wonderful community that I live in. I've hosted many different people on various occasions, and I've finally gotten the chance to do some surfing myself. I hope to do more surfing in the future!

HOSTED:
October 2014 Emma - Ann Arbor, MI
July 2014 Martina - Zürich, Switzerland
July 2014 Jessica, Rachel, Casey, & Nate - Minneapolis, MN
May 2014 Jessica, Peter & Alina - Vancouver/Toronto, Canada & Germany
May 2014 Mo & PF - Puerto Rico & NYC
April 2014 Heather & Deanalis - Hartland, VT
April 2014 Brandon & Katie - St. Louis, MO
October 2013 Zaynah - Amherst, MA
October 2013 Joe and Shane - St. Paul, MN
August 2013 Alper - Ismir, Turkey
August 2013 Lee, Scarlett - Duluth, Minnesota & Memphis, Tennessee
August 2013 Petr - Hukvaldy, Czech Republic
July 2013 Scott and Michelle - New Jersey, USA
July 2013 Georg - Göttingen, Germany
July 2013 Preston and Alexis - Greensboro, NC and Miami, FL
June 2013 Kim - Stavanger, Norway
June 2013 Joe - Bremen, Germany
May 2013 Fran and Brit - Montreal, Canada
April 2013 Sierra, Melissa, Jessica & Miriam - USA
February 2013 Joana and Julia - Verden, Germany & Münster, Germany
January 2013 Bri, her brother and his girlfriend - Hinsdale, Illinois
December 2012 Anna and Aaron - Santa Cruz, CA & Austin, TX.
November 2012 Peter, Rachel, Sonny, and Georg - Wisconsin, Minnesota, India, Germany
August 2012 Pia - Konstanz, Germany
August 2012 Tanja and 2 friends! - Klosters, Switzerland
July 2012 Stephen and Kevin St. Louis, MO
May 2012 Sam - Abbotsford/Vancouver, Canada
April 2012 Alina & Annemarie - Germany
February 2010 Sascia - Freiburg, Germany
November 2009 Pia - Konstanz, Germany
November 2009 Faith - Innsbruck, Austria
November 2009 Gianni - Bregenz, Austria
April 2009 Alisa & Jeff & Jeanette & Craig - Chicago, IL, USA
March 2009 Alan & Maya - MA, USA
March 2009 Peter - Dublin, Ireland
February 2009 Laura - Minneapolis, MN, USA
December 2008 Nicole & Ozzy - Chicago, IL, USA
October 2008 Mathilda & Morten - Copenhagen, Denmark.
October 2008 Bastien - RI, USA
September 2008 Aaron - Minneapolis, MN, USA
September 2008 Alex - Los Angeles, CA, USA
September 2008 Sebasian - Steinfurt, Germany
July 2008 Robbie - Chicago, IL, USA
July 2008 Andrea - Ruegen, Germany
May 2008 Erick - Tomah, WI, USA
April 2008 John - St. Louis, MO, USA
April 2008 Nicole - St. Paul, MN, USA
April 2008 Nate - Minneapolis, MN, USA
March 2008 Nick & Rachel - NM, USA
March 2008 Rachel - NM, USA
2008 Saskia - Premnitz, Germany
October 2007 Chris - Chicago, IL, USA
October 2007 Joe - Chicago, IL, USA

SURFED:
January 2015 Khara - St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
February 2014 Jenny, Oskar, and Family - Stockholm, Sweden
June 2013 Tyler - Milwaukee, WI, USA
August 2012 Olivia - Chicago, IL, USA
November 2011 Wiki - Madison, WI, USA
September 2011 Dan - Madison, WI, USA
April 2011 Juri - Friedrichshafen, Germany
April 2011 Julia - Konstanz, Germany
March/April 2011 Maggie & Neysa - Istanbul, Turkey
December 2009 Tommy & John - Dublin, Ireland
November 2009 Katia - Milano, Italy
October 2009 Henning - München, Germany
October 2008 Kent and Abby - Chicago, IL, USA
2007 Saskia - Cross Plains, WI, USA

COUCHSURFER ROOMMATES:
August 2013 - June 2014 Sadie - Madison, WI USA
August 2012 - August 2013 Leah - Madison, WI, USA
April 2012 - June 2012 Rachel - Madison, WI, USA
September 2009 - December 2009 Karen - Bregenz, Austria
August 2008 - January 2009 Louise - Madison, WI, USA
August 2007 - May 2008 Laura - Madison, WI, USA

Interests

Photography, nature, traveling, music, hiking, camping, parties, socializing, partying, reading, clubbing, DJing, politics, art, languages, dialects, cars, paintballing, engineering, computers, meeting new people, sports, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, debating, linguistics, urban decay, mountain-biking.

Music, Movies & Books

Movies:
V for Vendetta, Inception, The Fifth Element, Good Will Hunting, American History X, Pulp Fiction, Saving Private Ryan, Lola Rennt, (Run Lola Run), Matrix trilogy, The Bourne Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Boondock Saints, Sin City, Schindler's List, Im Juli, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Gegen die Wand, Children of Men, Das Experiment, Borat, Auf der anderen Seite, Free Rainer, The Departed, Goodbye Lenin!, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, The Butterfly Effect, Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei, Vitus, The Avengers, Watchmen, Skyfall, and Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

Music:
Trance, Progressive, house, alternative, rock, dubstep, indie, classical, and folk are my favorite genres. I like pretty much ALL kinds of music. I'm not into much experimental stuff though, and most kinds of hardcore music isn't my style.

Books:
A Song of Ice and Fire Series (Game of Thrones), Hunger Games Series, 1984, Harry Potter Series, The Narnia Series, The Elegant Universe, To Kill a Mockingbird, Snow, America: the Book, Helden wie Wir, 12 Angry Men

One Amazing Thing I've Done

It's a tossup between seeing a tornado from the front of my house and walking through the Medina of Tétouan in Morocco.

Teach, Learn, Share

Learning is really important to me - I'm very open-minded and would like to learn pretty much anything you can teach me!

What I Can Share With Hosts

I love sharing my travel experiences and other experiences with people. I love teaching people in general (which is why I was a teacher for a while!). I especially like teaching people how to speak German and English, and also how to play instruments. I also enjoy talking about politics and enlightening people about politics/government/political institutions in America and Europe (and other places). I also enjoy talking about dialects and linguistics in general. Sharing recipes is always fun too!

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, British, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Germany, United States

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