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Will Doenlen

San Francisco, CA, USA

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  • 27 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • insatiable learner
  • school of life
  • From Pensacola, FL
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

Some facts about me:

* Life to me is about optimizing for adventure and interestingness rather than climbing the ranks of some corporate ladder. I quit my job as a software engineer a couple of months ago and haven't looked back since. In the meantime, I've been traveling lots and studying value investing.

* Art is deeply important to me. I love being involved in big art projects with other people, especially performance art projects.

* I do Muay Thai (aka Thai kickboxing) as a sport.

* I love foreign languages! Seriously, learning little phrases and words of languages makes me super happy. I especially love speaking, and the way words form in your mouth, and all the different sounds people can make.

* I'm a naturally curious person and like to explore everything I can. This manifests itself in a lot of different ways--specifically, when I travel, I like to go off the beaten path to places that people don't normally go to, or I like to seek out interesting new experiences.

A little about my philosophy with traveling:

* As a traveller, I'm not too big into sight-seeing. I'm really interested in the culture and language of wherever I'm going, which means I get most of the pleasure of traveling out of just talking to people.

* I like to be helpful/useful wherever I go. If you're working on some kind of project, I'm usually happy to help -- and would really appreciate being allowed to!

* As a host, I'm big into hospitality. A lot of times I cannot host since I am busy, but if you do come and stay with me, I will see to it that you're comfortable and that you have a good time!

* I strongly believe that CouchSurfing is NOT a dating site. The thought of taking advantage of someone's trust and hospitality is disgusting to me. If you ever host with me, or if I ever surf with you, you have my word that you will be safe.

My profile photo is from an Instructable I wrote called "Heighten Your Anxiety with a Mirror at the Bottom of Your Coffee Cup": http://www.instructables.com/id/Heighten-your-anxiety-with-a-mirror-at-the-bottom-/ And don't worry, it's a joke :)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

Been on CS for a long time now -- why would I stop? ;) I've had a lot of amazing experiences thanks to CouchSurfing! I love exploring new things through the fantastic people I meet on this site.


language, foreign languages, tech, art, DIY

Music, Movies & Books

Oh man, so many! I'll get around to filling this out someday... regardless, I'm very open to new music, movies, and books.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I built a human-sized hamster wheel standing desk with a friend at my previous job at Instructables. (http://www.instructables.com/id/Hamster-Wheel-Standing-Desk/), which went super viral. Almost overnight I found my face on websites, magazines, and newspapers all across the globe, which was bizarre to say the least. My friend and I's creation was even the answer to a limerick on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! which was pretty rad. We ended up going on a daytime television talk show in LA, which was a beautiful capstone to our experience.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'd love for people who speak different languages to teach me phrases in their language! Especially local dialects and minor languages -- I love to hear all the variations in a language family.

I'm also learning to draw right now, so if you want to practice drawing with me I'd be super down!

What I Can Share With Hosts

Tech/website/programming help, if you need it. A personal lesson in Muay Thai. Great traveling stories. And, of course, lots of gratitude :D

Countries I've Visited

Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

China, France, United States

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