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Chill out. Be happy. Visit every country in the world
I'm Ben. I'm from the UK originally, but have been living in Berlin for the last 7 years where I built a startup. Now I'm travelling the world.
What I love
- Travel - currently I'm on a mission to visit every country in the world
- Languages - I speak 7 languages pretty well. Currently focusing on Chinese
- Learning about the world - especially the history of places
- Working with entrepreneurs from all over
Me as a guest: I'm a very chill person who has both hosted a lot and surfed a lot. I'm coach surfing because I want to connect with locals & expats and I've found it's the most genuine way of doing that.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Events, surfing hosting etc.
I've hosted a lot and surfed A LOT. Super grateful to everyone who helped me out and am looking forward to returning the favour.
My camera is my baby. Taking photos is one of the few things that always feels good, even when I am hungover.
I also love making films (see the my website link).
I studied PHILOSOPHY and economics (the philosophy is capitalised for a reason !)
I like travelling (well, duh) and learning languages and understanding their structures. The that verbs in Hebrew change with the gender fascinates me for example.
Music of many forms. I play the melodica and am always up for a jam although I apologise in advance if I seems I am greedy as I find this instrument very difficult to play anything other than solos on this instrument.
I like computers, star wars, Studio Ghibli, Adobe CS5 and am learning web coding. (Let's get the nerd out all in one sentence :D )
I like drinking, but hate being hungover. If someone can find me a solution I will buy you a beer.
Music, Movies, and Books
I always want to read, but only seem to find time when I'm travelling. I guess learning foreign vocab takes priority. I like to write as well.
Movies.... A lot
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Ran a marathon in North Korea
I lived on a bus called the Gypsy Train for 5 months.
Worked with Capuchin and Spider monkeys for a month in the Bolivian rainforest.
Interrailed round Europe with a 2m cardboard Jesus.
I helped prepare a guinea pig from live to BBQ.
Hitchhiked 3000km from Ushuia to Buenos Aires.
Attended Rainbow Gathering 2011.
Watched a chunk of ice as big as a house fall from the Perrito Moreno.
Lived in Medellin, Colombia.
Swum in a cenote.
Saw the salt flats.
The 24 hour Himalayan jeep journey to Leh.
What I Can Share with Hosts
- Awesome Berlin culture
- Amazing group of friends
- Beautiful flat in great location
- Foreign languages
- DMCs and well-meaning, but ultimately pointless life advice
- Great food
- A genuine interest in you and your story
Countries I’ve Visited
Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, North Korea, Peru, Poland, Spain, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom