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doing things outdoors! walking barefoot on soft dirt! making people smile! the smell of old books! good coffee, good wine or beer, fresh vegetables, warmly lit rooms and long afternoons spent drinking tea. I can be pensive or crazy or introspective or talkative, depending on my mood. I love nature and mountain sports, but all of this adventuring is making me appreciate comforts, and I really dig people who dig aesthetics. I think listening is really important. I don't like people who make assumptions.
Here is my favorite quote, from the book Sometimes A Great Notion, by Ken Kesey:
"Fly now! Delay later!" they tell me, which leaves me feeling that if I hang around here too much longer I will take root right through the hobbed souls of my bots. "Fly! Fly!" they cry, and I raise up my feet to the sun just to play it safe.... What is it about our generation, man, that makes us sweat this root scene so much? Look at us: we wander across America in dedicated droves, equipped with sideburns and sandals and a steel-stringed guitar, relentlessly tracking out lost rootbeds... yet all the while guarding against that most ignoble of ends: becoming rootbound. What, pray, is it we hope to do with the object of our search if we succeed? If we have no intention of attaching ourselves to these roots, what do you suppose we have in mind? Boil us up a tea and use them, like sassafrass, as a purgative? It's always been a mystery to me...
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
this shit's like the shiny golden beacon of the traveling ideal -- easy, automatic community, true connections, good people!
It's worth noting that I've been on CS for a while and have some ideals built up around it.
I have some pretty righteous ideas about social justice and human equality and so if you are, for some reason, on couchsurfing and do not share those ideas, be gone!
I am never going to give you money. If we connect, I might draw you a picture or write you a poem to thank you.
Please don't write me if you are racist or misogynist or etc.
I appreciate all things WILD, adventurous, meditative, thought-provoking, whimsical, spontaneous, artistic, and holistic. I'm quite pleased by fundamental questions, thinking about cultural progression, and generally being open to new methods of understanding.
Soft spots for mountains, good tea, bicycles, bodies of water, and well-read books.
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
much love for Albert Camus, David Foster Wallace, Michel Foucault, Milan Kundera, Fyordor Dostoevsky, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, Arthur Rimbaud, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jonathan Safran Foer, JD Salinger, Aldous Huxley, JK Rowling, Friedrich Nietzsche, Herman Hesse, Jacques Derrida, Paolo Cohelo, Leo Tolstoy, and Richard Brautigan.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I rode my bike by myself in winter 3600km from France to Albania and BACK!
-cliff dove 18 meters into an underground lake
-bikepacked through one of the last primary jungles in Madagascar
-solo-summited the highest African peak south of Kilimanjaro during a snowstorm
-I've written and self-published 3 books
Teach, Learn, Share
I want to learn to surf, rock climb, mountaineer, ski...
Can teach English or French, vegetarian cooking, how to develop film in a darkroom...
Always open to share profound thoughts over tea, long nights up laughing over too much to drink, or any random adventure!
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Réunion, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Réunion, United States