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  • 134 References 71 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German, Japanese, Polish, Russian
  • 29, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Nomadic Monk, Philanthropist and Jedi
  • Pursuing Indiana Jonesishness
  • From Chico, CA, USA
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About Me

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THE NEW AUTO-DECLINE FEATURE IS SO IMPERSONAL AND NOT PART OF THE CS COMMUNITY. If you auto-decline I will leave you a reference as you are not and should not be a part of this community. I've been in this for over six years and not missed a reply to a proper request. SUCK IT UP!


I'm not that intense... I go by the name Aspir Leonis Befreier, it will one day be my legal name, heh! I have been traveling practically since I was born and haven't stopped. The number of schools I have attended number in the teens. My nomadic ways started in California with my mother dragging me along anywhere business took her. I have been to most of the 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii. I lived in California, Texas, Colorado, Oregon and New Jersey. Don't believe I have lived in any one place longer than maybe two or three years but California is where I grew up and spent the longest time living so it's where I claim.

I had a life in the military that was one full of contradictions and lucky for me I got out. I never was for the war and I regret not making better decisions on what to do with my life but it's what has helped get me to where I am today.

I had a wonderful visit to one of the places I always dreamed of living, Japan. However fortunate or unfortunate though, when I left to Korea I decided to explore the world and see just where life takes me.


"Once you open the doors of awareness they cannot be closed." -Thich Nhat Hanh
The words in this quote have held more truth than anything in my life, and it is what I live by.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I found this website after watching a TED video of a man presenting a conference on the friendly internet. I immediately discovered this website to be awesome and have experienced exactly what was talked about in the video. I have hosted and surfed with people all across the globe and CS continues to amaze me with such great opportunities for meeting great people!.


So far its been great! CouchSurfing is really a community of open intelligent individuals!

This reference made me proud:
"He is like Good Will Hunting of globalization.

3 strong arguments:

I. Brandon is "travel builder" on steroids. He is vagabonding for life.

II. helpful/hospitable/generous. Invited me to watch film about Geronimo, guided through Tallinn nightlife, introduced to his friends, organized sightseeing.

III. Awesome conversationalist. Brandon has profound insights into world politics, economics, culture. In addition, while living his life on his own terms, he gathered a lot of amazing stories. What is more, Brandon has cool hobbies like battle inscenization."


Acting, Japan, Japanese Culture and Language, Foreign Culture, Nature, Exploration, Travel, Seeing New and Interesting Places, Buddhism and Buddhist Monuments, Occult, Ancient History, Shamanism

Music, Movies, and Books

Favorite Movies: Lawrence of Arabia, The Good The Bad and the Ugly, Dr. Zhivago, LOTR, The Matrix, & Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Favorite Music like: Deftones, Incubus, Claude Debussy, Aaron Copland, Trivium, Rammstein Sting and The Police, Bassnectar, Excision and Destroid, and many others.
Favorite Book: World War Z (Actually not my favorite book but I'm a big fan of the zombie horror sub-genre and this book did it justice.)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Visited 34 countries and counting.

Visited 25 states and counting.

I keep an open mind when it comes to food and drink so here is my list of strange things I've ate and drank while traveling:

Cow Bone Marrow Tea (so so)
Fermented Horse Milk (so so)
Homemade Potato Vodka (bad)
Soju (soso)
Makgeolli (delicious)
Mongolian Tea (okay)
Kbac (Russian: so so) (Mongolian: bad)
Glogg (Hot: good) (Cold: bad)
Hot Wine (good)

Silk Worm (bad)
Grasshopper (good)
Cricket (bad)
Scorpion (so so)
Locust (bad)
Ants (delicious)
Tarantula (good except for the abdomen)
Mystery Beetle (bad)

Many Mysterious Exotic Varieties (good)
Dragon Fruit White/Purple (delicious)
Durian (bad)Jack Fruit (so so)
Rambutan (good)
Passion Fruit (good)
Lychee (delicious)
Star Fruit (good)
Mangosteen (delicious)
Kumquat (so so)
Papaya (so so)
Green Mango (so so)
Small Banana (good)
Mystery Melon (good)
White Guava (bad)
Asian Coconut (so so)
Bilberry (good)
Mango (delicious)

Ice Cream:
Many Many Exotic Varieties (good)
Squid Ink (so so)
Wasabi (delicious)
Soy (bad)
Chestnut (so so)
Potato (good)
Mochi (delicious)
Green Tea (good)
Mongolian? Berry (good)

Raw Horse (delicious)
Cow Stomach (good)
Cow Intestine (bad)
Cow Liver (so so)
Cow Colon (horrendous)
Quail Egg (good)
Putrefied Egg (so so)
Chicken Heart (good)
Raw/Cooked Squid (so so/good)
Raw Octopus (so so)
Cooked Eel (good)
Raw Salmon (delicious)
Chicken's Feet (horrendous)
Stuffed Frog (good)
Rocky Mountain Oysters (good)
Anchovy Pizza (delicious)
Tuna Blood Chips (so so)

If you have any questions about any of what I have eaten I would be more than happy to answer! =)

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach the basics of surfing! I'd love to learn everything I can but particularly anything physical like martial arts to include Historical European Martial Arts would be amazing. Also I speak a bit of German but if I can heard and learn more of any language I'd be happy to!

I like to think I'm well educated in my view on politics and spirituality as well as other topics and each is subject to debate or expansion though politics tends to depress me.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russian Federation, Scotland, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Estonia, United States

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