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  • 22 References 9 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Graphic designer
  • school, college, world
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About Me

I'm Austin Retzlaff! I am 26 years old, and I'm currently living in Rochester, NY. I graduated from Hampshire College majoring in graphic design and digital media. I currently work for a college in western New York State doing graphic design and various marketing projects. I love to have adventures, learn about the world and other people, and to generally have more life experiences and share them with others!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I've hosted a couple times in Rochester, and surfed in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, Vermont, Washington, and New York. Every time it's been a unique and wonderful experience and I'm hoping to travel to other countries using this wonderful method in the next year or so.


Photography, cooking, graphic design, new people, travel, music, fires outdoors, beaches, road trips and travels of all kinds, exploration, incredible views and beauty, fresh fruit, mountains and trees, learning

  • arts
  • writing
  • design
  • graphic design
  • photography
  • cooking
  • traveling
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • camping
  • surfing
  • animation
  • communications
  • hitchhiking
  • mountains
  • visual art
  • visual culture

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: i'm open to most styles, genres and sounds. tycho, kelela, the polish ambassador, animals as leaders and bonobo are some recent/recurring favorites

Movies/tv: tampopo, aladdin, some episodes of black mirror, planet earth, kitchen nightmares, the good place, chef's table, anything informative or intriguing

Books: electric kool-aid acid test, be here now, kafka on the shore, zen flesh zen bones, no logo, city of light

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Hopped a freight train across state lines, lived in a cooperative house of 60 people my first year of college, rainbow gathering 2013, ridden on a schoolbus roof in rural Nicaragua, traveled around the country via greyhound bus for two months, lived at an "artists hotel" in downtown Tucson for a week while WWOOFing, had a joke published in Star Wars fan magazine when I was 8 years old

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you some stuff about graphic design, about how to play piano, and a lot about how to eat all vegan, gluten-free and dairy free! I'd love to learn more about the world in general, about forms of fitness, wellness and physical therapy sort of things like massage, as well as more about food and making food!

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can share stories, life experiences, knowledge, wisdom, kindness, and creating restorative and exciting moments!

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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