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BEN812

Brentwood, TN, United States

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Overview

  • 3 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Teacher
  • Indiana University
  • From TN, USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Making every day count

ABOUT ME

I like taking my own path to life, in search of a meaningful existence. I like good conversation, have European sensibilities, been to France on multiple occasions, lived in California, and now back in Nashville.

I like meeting people and learning from them, identifying with them, listening to them, understanding them. The kind of traveling I enjoy most is the kind that lets me get to know the people, to understand their world a little bit, to identify and share in their humanity.

I like people who are comfortable with themselves, genuine, open-minded, self-aware, interested in other people and other places, kind, authentic, honest, and clean-living.

I like swimming, biking, horses, and playing tennis. Always up for a good discussion over coffee or drinks.

Classical and classic rock are my favorite types of music. Sibelius and Dvorak are two of my favorite composers. My favorite writers are those that grapple with the essence of the human condition, like Doestovsky does in Karamazov Brothers.

Life is what you make of it. You get one shot. Make it a good one.

PHILOSOPHY

Work to live. Don't live to work.

Always eat well. Eat meals sitting down at a table, and use silverware.

Never drink coffee or tea in a paper, plastic, or any other disposable cup.

Recycle everything. Never throw a banana peel in the trash can.

I want neither riches nor poverty.

There are 7 billion of us here are sharing the same planet. If we were more accepting, more trusting, more understanding of others, and less motivated by fear and self-interest, surely the world would be a better place.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Having good conversations with people, listening without judging, sharing my couch when I can

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I've couch surfed in Switzerland. It was great! Had some of the best grapes I've ever eaten in my life.

Interests

Swimming
Racketball
Tennis
The outdoors
Hiking
Language
Interpreting
Classical music
Going to the Symphony
Wine and Cheese
Good eats

Music, Movies & Books

BOOKS I LIKE

Brothers Karamazov
Small is Beautiful
A Guide for the Perplexed
C.S. Lewis's writings
Anything Donald Miller
Anything Steinbeck
A Year in the Merde

MUSIC I LIKE

Sibelius
Dvorak
Beethoven
Daniel Balavoine
ASIA
Coldplay
ABBA
Journey
Scorpion

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Hiking in the Swiss Alps with one of my best friends, surrounded by natural beauty on a hot day in June

Teach, Learn, Share

My perspective is shaped by the sum of my experiences: growing up on a dairy farm in Tennessee, living in Europe as an American, talking to people everywhere I go, and studying linguistics for too long in grad school.

Countries I've Visited

Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

France, United States

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