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to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before
Worked in Paris. Then travelled around the world for 5 years. Then worked in Paris again. Then in Singapore for 3 years. Now in Cape Town
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust
"No, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." -Martin Luther King
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I learned of CS while travelling and have met loads of cool folks on all continents.
Surfed lots. Hosted lots. Coffee & Drank lots.
travel, hiking, discovering, learning.
- emergency services
Music, Movies, and Books
Kubrick, Wong Kar-Wai, Lynch, U2, Mahler, Wagner, Catch-22, Guns Germs & Steel, The Bottom Billion, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Year of Living Dangerously, Eyes on the Prize, Ghost Wars, A Farewell to Alms
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Slept in a wild cave in the Carpathians. Stayed in a Sufi cult in Syria, a dervish village in Iran, and in assorted buddhist and orthodox monasteries. Smoked in an underground shisha bar in Iran with a photo of the deposed Shah on the wall. Met a serial killer. At front line of Bangkok red vs yellow shirt civil war in 2010. Been arrested and interrogated by secret police or military police at least 8 times. Passed within 20km of a city being missile-attacked by NATO in Iraq. Slept in headhunter and cannibal villages. Visited San Pedro prison in La Paz. Smuggled liquor into Kuwait. Chewed gum in Singapore. Guided in the Paris catacombs. May have been the last western tourist to have crossed from Abkhazia to Georgia before the Russian invasion across that border. Climbed inside an active volcano (and up to the lip of several more). Climbed higher than 4000m elevation on 4 different continents. Have worn the same plastic Timex watch for the last 20 years. Haven't paid more than US$10 for a haircut in the last 12 years.
Teach, Learn, Share
Biologist by training but an explorer at heart.
Countries I’ve Visited
Afghanistan, Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Austria, Canada, France, Singapore, South Africa, United States