Madison, WI, United States
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Some people wait for the adventure of a lifetime. I prefer to make my lifetime an adventure.
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.
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)
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!
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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
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.
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
It's a tossup between seeing a tornado from the front of my house and walking through the Medina of Tétouan in Morocco.
Learning is really important to me - I'm very open-minded and would like to learn pretty much anything you can teach me!
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!
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.
Austria, Germany, United States
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