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I am a triple citizen of the USA, Israel and Romania but I haven't been to any of those countries in the last year and half.
About 50% of the people that I meet ask me if I'm Indian upon hearing my name (I'm not Indian).
I've been a vegetarian since August 1st 2008. I'd like to eventually be a vegan.
I take pride in silly accomplishments like memorizing the first 100 digits of PI and being a world-ranked minesweeper player (my record on expert is 75 seconds)
I know how to say "I love you" in 14 languages.
If I had one wish, I would wish to speak every language on earth fluently.
I generally prefer to spend my money on "doing stuff" and "seeing stuff" rather than "having stuff".
I have a collection of over 140 beer bottles from around the world.
I also speak fluent Perl but couchsurfing doesn't have that listed as a language for some reason.
I believe in government about as much as I believe in religion.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
When I lived in New York my roommates and I hosted almost every night. Now I'm traveling around South America and cashing in on my karma by surfing couches. I've also organized and attended many CS events. Some big ones include Saint Patrick's day in Dublin 2009 and the first Panamerican meeting in Rio in 2009-2010.
Surfing: 02/21/08-02/22/08: Surfed with Jeremy in Jerusalem 04/25/08-04/27/08: Surfed with Ben in Buffalo 06/06/08-06/08/08: Surfed with Kerri in Philadelphia 11/14/08-11/16/08: Surfed with Darren in Lancaster 03/14/09-03/19/09: Surfed with Ignacio in Dublin 03/19/09-03/22/09: Surfed with Flora in Amsterdam 03/22/09-03/24/09: Surfed with Eyal in Antwerp 03/24/09-03/26/09: Surfed with Bernard in Brugge 03/26/09-03/28/09: Surfed with Douglas in Ghent 10/02/09-10/04/09: Surfed with Bill and Kelly in Pittsburgh 10/15/09-10/24/09: Surfed with Ana Luiza in Rio de Janeiro 10/25/09-10/28/09: Surfed with Luiza in Sao Paulo 10/28/09-11/04/09: Surfed with Celeste in Curitiba 11/04/09-11/07/09: Surfed with Tatiana in Blumenau 11/08/09-11/13/09: Surfed with Bayard in Porto Alegre 11/17/09-11/22/09: Surfed with Ali in Montevideo 11/23/09-11/27/09: Surfed with Mariela and Juan in Buenos Aires 11/27/09-12/02/09: Surfed with Mike and Sharyn in Buenos Aires 12/02/09-12/04/09: Surfed with Juan in Rosario 12/04/09-12/06/09: Surfed with Talia, Joaquin and Lucia in Rosario 12/09/09-12/12/09: Surfed with Javier in Asuncion 12/14/09-12/16/09: Surfed with Edson in Campo Grande 12/16/09-12/20/09: Surfed with Eda in Cuiaba 12/20/09-12/21/09: Surfed with Edson in Campo Grande 12/21/09-12/24/09: Surfed with Willian in Bonito 12/25/09-12/26/09: Surfed with Luiza in Sao Paulo 12/26/09-01/05/10: Surfed with Ana Luiza in Rio de Janeiro 01/05/10-01/09/10: Surfed with Rafael in Penedo 01/10/10-01/11/10: Surfed with Bruno in Belo Horizonte 01/13/10-01/16/10: Surfed with Suellen in Juiz de Fora 01/17/10-01/18/10: Surfed with Alex in Mangaratiba 02/16/10-02/21/10: Surfed with Juan in Rosario 02/21/10-02/22/10: Surfed with Hugo in Canada de Gomez 02/22/10-02/27/10: Surfed with Ricardo in Cordoba 03/04/10-03/07/10: Surfed with Martín and Débora in Mendoza 03/08/10-03/13/10: Surfed with Jaime and Pablo in Santiago 03/13/10-03/18/10: Surfed with Roberto on Easter Island 03/20/10-03/22/10: Surfed with Dan in Valparaiso 04/07/10-04/10/10: Surfed with Changha in Coronel Oviedo 04/10/10-04/14/10: Surfed with Javier in Asuncion 06/25/10-06/28/10: Surfed with Khaled in Abancay 07/02/10-07/05/10: Surfed with Nelly in Lima 07/05/10-07/08/10: Surfed with Franco in Lima 07/09/10-07/12/10: Surfed with Marlon in Chiclayo 08/17/10-08/20/10: Surfed with Edgar in Manaus 09/12/10-09/17/10: Surfed with Dani in Belem 09/26/10-09/28/10: Surfed with Marta in Parnaiba 10/13/10-10/17/10: Surfed with Monique in Aracaju 10/17/10-10/21/10: Surfed with Marcio in Salvador 09/30/11-10/02/11: Surfed with Mariana in Recife 12/18/11-12/20/11: Surfed with Juana in Brasilia 09/30/11-10/02/11: Surfed with Gustavo in Brasilia
09/28/12-09/30/12: Surfed with Setta in Reykjavik
09/30/12-10/03/12: Surfed with Vidir in Hrisey
10/04/12-10/07/12: Surfed with Frederic in Paris
10/11/12-10/11/14: Surfed with Hady in Brugge
10/14/12-10/18/12: Surfed with Douglas and Sarah in Ghent
I have surfed 51 couches in 13 countries.
Hosting:In Fort Lee, United States: 01/08/08-01/11/08: Hosted Walt from Japan 03/31/08: Hosted Gary from West Virginia 04/19/08-04/25/08: Hosted Alex from HamburgIn Jersey City, United States: 07/13/08: Hosted Megan and Dan from Tucson 07/14/08: Hosted Clara from Liverpool 07/16/08-07/17/08: Hosted Alex and Megan from San Francisco 07/31/08-08/01/08: Hosted Erin and Chloe from Australia and England 08/18/08-08/23/08: Hosted Marcin from Poland 08/20/08-08/21/08: Hosted Shaima and Cynthia from Los Angeles 08/23/08-08/25/08: Hosted Peter and Elias from Germany 08/24/08-08/31/08: Hosted Jane Lee from Seattle 08/29/08-09/02/08: Hosted Said from Tunisia 08/29/08-09/02/08: Hosted Dan from Wisconsin 08/31/08-09/01/08: Hosted Barbara from Recife 09/01/08-09/08/08: Hosted Philip and Sarah from Germany 09/05/08-09/09/08: Hosted Douglas from Belgium 09/10/08-09/14/08: Hosted Vaida, Vite and Kristina from Lithuania 09/15/08-09/16/08: Hosted Sinem and Dee from Ankara 09/15/08-09/18/08: Hosted Lee from Liverpool 09/18/08-09/20/08: Hosted Peter and Elias from Germany 09/19/08-09/20/18: Hosted Skip from Los Angeles 09/20/08-09/22/08: Hosted Daniel and Lorena from Mexico 09/18/08-09/22/08: Hosted Ming from Los Angeles 09/22/08-09/26/08: Hosted Giedre from Lithuania 09/22/08-09/27/08: Hosted Wayne from Los Angeles 09/24/08-09/29/08: Hosted Israel from Sao Paolo 09/27/08-09/29/08: Hosted Manuele from Milan 09/30/08-10/02/08: Hosted Leon from Frankfurt 10/06/08-10/08/08: Hosted Sandi, Matej and Mateja from Slovenia 10/09/08-10/14/08: Hosted Espen, Oddvar and Einar from Norway 10/14/08-10/18/08: Hosted Steffen, Imke and Marta from Germany, Germany and Spain 10/17/08-10/20/08: Hosted Brittany from Tennessee 10/21/08-10/23/08: Hosted Hilary from Buffalo 10/22/08-10/23/08: Hosted Kahanu from Hawaii 10/22/08-10/28/08: Hosted Sebastian from Aruba 10/23/08-11/03/08: Hosted Christopher and Fabian from Munich 10/29/08-10/30/08: Hosted Liuba from Russia 10/31/08-11/02/08: Hosted Kahanu and Winlee from Hawaii 10/03/08-10/06/08: Hosted James from Perth 11/05/08-11/06/08: Hosted Cesar from Portugal 11/06/08-11/09/08: Hosted Mads from Denmark 11/12/08-11/15/08: Hosted Axel and Elizabeth from Paris 11/12/08-11/20/08: Hosted Roberto from Florence 11/13/08-11/20/08: Hosted Sam from Paris 11/16/08-11/21/08: Hosted Richard from LA 11/20/08-11/21/08: Hosted Kat from Syracuse 11/22/08-11/23/08: Hosted Ivan from Baltimore 11/21/08-11/30/08: Hosted Rafael and Ana Luiza from Brazil 11/24/08-12/01/08: Hosted Jacob from Melbourne 12/01/08-12/04/08: Hosted Isaac from Brazil 12/07/08-12/12/08: Hosted Michael from Germany 12/10/08-12/19/08: Hosted Stephan from Berlin 12/11/08-12/13/08: Hosted Eran from Israel 12/13/08-12/16/08: Hosted Laura from California 12/14/08-12/19/08: Hosted Marcus from Germany 12/18/08-12/21/08: Hosted Christopher and Fabian from Munich 12/21/08-12/25/08: Hosted Leanne from Singapore 12/21/08-12/25/08: Hosted Mathias from Germany 12/26/08-01/01/09: Hosted Hanna, Albina and Lusine from Belarus, Kyrgystan and Armenia 12/25/08-01/05/09: Hosted Sandra from Paris 01/02/09-01/04/09: Hosted Sylvain from Lyon 01/02/09-01/04/09: Hosted Taylor from San Diego 01/04/09-01/14/09: Hosted Paul, Monika, Kathi and Joey from Austria 01/14/09-01/21/09: Hosted Erga from Israel 01/22/09-01/24/09: Hosted Graham and Natalie from San Francisco 01/23/09-01/25/09: Hosted Nadav from Israel 01/23/09-01/30/09: Hosted Juliana from Brazil 01/24/09-01/31/09: Hosted Bas from Amsterdam 02/01/09-02/05/09: Hosted Celeste from Brazil 02/01/09-02/09/09: Hosted Sandra from Austria 02/03/09-02/05/09: Hosted Franzisca from Germany 02/04/09-02/07/09: Hosted Nadav from Israel 02/05/09-02/08/09: Hosted Kasper from Belgium 02/09/09-02/15/09: Hosted Sylvain and Nicolas from France 02/17/09-02/19/09: Hosted Darius from Germany 02/17/09-02/19/09: Hosted Kimmo from Finland 02/27/09-03/01/09: Hosted Uday from India 03/01/09-03/04/09: Hosted Alex and Anja from Berlin 03/02/09-03/05/09: Hosted Andre and Bruno from Brazil 03/05/09-03/06/09: Hosted Carla from Peru 03/29/08-05/03/08: Hosted Alex from Hamburg 04/01/09-04/04/09: Hosted Sophie, Pierre and Nathalie from France 04/10/09-04/13/09: Hosted Lusine and Madina from Armenia and Kazakhstan 04/13/09-04/16/09: Hosted Meryem, Natacha, and Marco from Geneva 04/16/09-04/21/09: Hosted Jenn from Texas 04/16/09-04/22/09: Hosted MJ from California 04/17/09-04/19/09: Hosted Evert and Valerie from Belgium 04/20/09-04/22/09: Hosted Aviv and Amy from Israel and California 04/26/09-04/27/09: Hosted Haylal from Israel 04/28/08-05/02/08: Hosted Alex from Hamburg 05/06/09-05/09/09: Hosted Echo from Missouri 05/07/09-05/11/09: Hosted Lubomir and Misa from Prague 05/10/09-05/12/09: Hosted Caspar from Berlin 05/12/09-05/15/09: Hosted Brittany and Stephen from Florida 05/14/09-05/25/09: Hosted Bruno and Karen from Belgium 05/20/09-05/25/09: Hosted Marcus from Sweden 05/26/09-05/30/09: Hosted Timo and Alex from Germany 05/29/09-05/30/09: Hosted Lars from Germany 05/31/09-06/02/09: Hosted Anna from Germany 05/31/09-06/11/09: Hosted Dieter from Belgium 06/01/09-06/17/09: Hosted Barbara from Brazil 06/02/09-06/07/09: Hosted Sandra and Clovis from Paris 06/08/09-06/15/09: Hosted Rotem from Israel 06/12/09-06/16/09: Hosted Tracy from California 06/16/09-06/18/09: Hosted Beatrice and Sophie from France 06/18/09-06/24/09: Hosted Camilla and Troels from Denmark 06/27/09-06/30/09: Hosted Lance and Kimberly from Arkansas 06/29/09-07/04/09: Hosted Irese and Ian from Malaysia 07/06/09-07/12/09: Hosted Rike from Germany 07/06/09-07/10/09: Hosted Rameen from California 07/10/09-07/12/09: Hosted Nico and Andrew from Carson City 07/14/09-07/16/09: Hosted Drew from Texas 07/15/09-07/18/09: Hosted Dirk from Belgium 07/16/09-07/18/09: Hosted Sherry and Sai from Chicago 07/22/09-07/26/09: Hosted Steve and Emma from Scotland 07/27/09-08/05/09: Hosted Diego from Lima 07/27/09-08/05/09: Hosted Sonny from Montreal 07/27/09-07/31/09: Hosted Jill from the U.S. 07/31/09-08/03/09: Hosted Sibyl and Camille from Belgium and France 08/06/09-08/11/09: Hosted Melissa and Michel from California 08/09/09-08/13/09: Hosted Diana and Stijn from Germany and Belgium 08/11/09-08/15/09: Hosted Ivan from Baltimore 08/13/09-08/18/09: Hosted Dieter from Belgium 08/14/09-08/21/09: Hosted Steen from Denmark 08/19/09-08/21/09: Hosted Sarah from Germany 08/21/09-08/23/09: Hosted Jane Lee from Seattle 08/22/09-08/23/09: Hosted Bar from Israel 08/23/09-08/26/09: Hosted Chris from Philadelphia 08/24/09-08/28/09: Hosted Borris from New Zealand 08/26/09-08/28/09: Hosted Darragh from Ireland 08/26/09-08/28/09: Hosted Dave from North Carolina 08/29/09-09/01/09: Hosted Stephen from Ireland 09/01/09-09/05/09: Hosted Dirk and Brenda from Belgium 09/02/09-09/10/09: Hosted Mouna from Morocco 09/08/09-09/10/09: Hosted Ewelina from Poland 09/11/09-09/13/09: Hosted Mariela from Argentina 09/11/08-09/16/09: Hosted Beycan from Turkey 09/15/09-09/20/09: Hosted Petra from Germany 09/19/09-09/22/09: Hosted Christian from Lima 09/20/09-09/23/09: Hosted Carolina from Bolivia 09/25/09-09/29/09: Hosted Christian from LimaIn Maceio, Brazil: 10/28/10-11/04/10: Hosted Andrew from Minnesota 03/27/11-04/03/11: Hosted Erik from Sweden 05/03/11-05/05/11: Hosted Guillermo from Argentina 06/30/11-07/01/11: Hosted Thawber from Goiania 06/01/11-06/05/11: Hosted Nejad from California 07/11/11-07/13/11: Hosted Irena and Ze from Prague and Natal 07/19/11-07/22/11: Hosted Hugo from France
02/06/12-02/08/12: Hosted Gui and Leah from Sao Paulo
02/24/12-02/27/12: Hosted Caroline and Celine from Canada
03/02/12-03/04/12: Hosted Line and Rike from Germany
03/16/12-03/19/12: Hosted Joel from Estonia
03/19/12-03/22/12: Hosted Stefan from Austria
05/08/12-05/13/12: Hosted Minye and Toshiki from Korea and Japan
Total surfers: 195From: 44 countriesMale/Female: 107/88Foreign country with the most surfers: Germany (27)Ambassadors: 12Returning surfers: 12
Computer nerd ever since I got my first TI-83
I can stare at maps for hours
Learning a new language
Lying down in the grass
Drinking a good beer - especially Belgian beers.
Traveling - Fortunately, my parents infected me with the travelbug early in my life. I was 2 months old the first time I left the country.
I bought a guitar on a whim while backpacking in Bolivia about two years ago.
If I was stranded on an island and could only bring one website (other than CS), I would choose wikipedia. I can read wikipedia articles for hours...
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: A Clockwork Orange, Amelie, American History X, Amores Perros, Annie Hall, Babel, City of God, Crash, Deconstructing Harry, Do the Right Thing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fight Club, Memento, Motorcycle Diaries, Office Space, Pulp Fiction, The Quest for the Holy Grail, Requiem for a Dream, Run Lola Run, Usual Suspects
Books: Anything by Kurt Vonnegut (especially Cat's Cradle and Breakfast of Champions). Daniel Quinn is also a Genius. Catch-22, of course.
Music: Augustin Barrios, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Billy Joel, The Doors, Enanitos Verdes, Fransisco Tarrega, Gipsy Kings, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Immortal Technique, JS Bach, Led Zeppelin, Mana, Nirvana, Paco de Lucia, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Spent about 4 hours on the back of a pickup truck with 18 Hondurans (literally) on the way to La Moskitia. It was a little crowded (and smelly) but well worth the trip!
Got drunk with a bunch of Chilean truck drivers on Lago Argentino. That was pretty interesting (and smelly)...
Backpacked around South America for a year and then fell in love with a girl in Brazil and stayed there.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Uruguay
Countries I’ve Lived In