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Let's see... I've been lucky enough to discover three passions in life: learning languages, traveling, and surfing (the kind that requires waves). I try to do at least one of those three at any given time in life. I've gotten to do all three at only two points in my life (on exchange in French Polynesia, and two months living in Indonesia), which is still pretty amazing if you think about it.
The next language I am venturing into learning is Arabic! I'm fascinated by it, but it's proving to be a tough one.
There should be a caveat to the 'traveling' bit: I've discovered that I don't like to do "drive-by-travel", where you spend a night or two in once place and mosey right along. Whenever possible, I like to linger and feel the vibe of the place, get to know a few people, and become a part of its make-up for a while. But because I can't afford to linger everywhere I go (and that whole 'time' thing comes into play too), I like CS. It allows you into a glimpse of those things without the investment normally required for it. I'm okay with missing the "tourist checklist" stuff as long as I get to spend some time getting lost.
As for the surfing... I've made my peace with the fact that I'm not destined for greatness. I'm not particularly good at it, but I get an incredible amount of joy from being in the water and putting all that work into catching a wave. I'm persistent with it, and that's pretty much what I've got going for me.
There's a lot more to me aside from the above (and below), but I'm not going to give it all away in a text box ;) I like people who are okay with asking questions.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
First official CS experience was in Helsinki, Finland - had an awesome time. Learned my lessons about contacting people in advance when I got to Asia, but managed to stay with Ryan for a week in Kuala Lumpur, which was another great experience.
Looking forward to many more, and am very thankful to those hosts who are willing to take a chance on members who are new to this thing!
live music, outdoor festivals, markets, fresh fruit, dancing, beer, people, yoga, picnics, daydreams, languages, catching a perfect wave, moments, laughter, typography, water, cheese, writing letters...
- live music
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
Cat Power, Destroyer, French Kicks, Interpol, Swan Lake, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Damien Rice, Iron & Wine, Bob Dylan, Portished, Zero 7, Gus Gus, Burial, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Broken Social Scene, CocoRosie, m83, Arcade Fire, MGMT, Santogold, Beach House, Radiohead, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Feist, Beirut, Jose Gonzales, Howie Day, Sondre Lerche, Pink Floyd, Z-trip, Girl Talk, Mike Relm, Xavier Rudd, Lightning Dust, Chromeo, TV on the Radio, Aesop Rock, Zion I, Sage Francis, Mos Def, Instant Release...
anything by Somerset Maugham, Chuck Klosterman, Douglas Coupland, Milan Kundera, Albert Camus or Nick Hornby. Also, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower", Sylvia Plath, e.e. cummings, "Eat, Pray, Love", "The Cave" (Saramago), Kerouac, Pushkin, Vonnegut...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Spent a night on the katamaran of a couple from my hometown in Russia. They were in the middle of a 5-year sailing journey across the world and we met in the middle of the South Pacific, on a little island called Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas archipelago.
Danced and danced and danced and danced at Shambhala.
I've also experienced, a number of times, the White Nights in Saint Petersburg. This never loses its novelty and amazing-ness.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, China, French Polynesia, Indonesia, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States