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Overview

  • 47 References 36 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 34, Other
  • Member since 2009
  • Ben, ruckus causer. Niki, professional genealogist
  • Ben - Paid too much and learned too little, but met some ...
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About Me

We've recently relocated once more! We've finally settled in our new place and we are looking forward to meeting new people.

CURRENT MISSION

1) Freedom from debt. (CHECK!!!) 2) Develop a location independent income. 3) Spend at least a year working/surfing our way around the world.

ABOUT ME

We met at Central Michigan and have been together since 2004 moving across the US and back for various employment "opportunities." We got married on 6/26/10.

We love to have fun. Favorite outdoor activities include camping, biking, kayaking/canoeing, and random walks. Favorite indoor activities include reading, board/card games, and browsing the web. Music and movie tastes are fairly eclectic.

While our travel experience has been limited so far, we love meeting new people and learning about other cultures.

Part 1 of our current mission has been achieved. Moving on. :)

PHILOSOPHY

There is a distinct difference between existing and living. Maybe this life is all there is, maybe it isn't. None of us will know until that time comes. When my time comes, I want to know that I LIVED.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Learned about the project from the blog Man vs. Debt. After browsing the site we thought it looked like an amazing opportunity to expand our horizons and share in the CS mission which we strongly agree with.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Have hosted a few surfers and had our first crash (thank you Mayhem Manor!) at the awesome Chicago Couch Crash 2011. We also spent a month couchsurfing through Ireland and met some amazing people!

Interests

Ben - Energy production/storage/distribution, overshoot, financial education, yoga, entrepreneurship, food/cooking/baking, sociology/psychology, basketball, golf, chess, camping, traveling, wine, computers, memory/learning...

Niki - books, anything Celtic, history, archaeology, board/card games, sudoku, genealogy, logic puzzles, writing, yoga, running, travel, video games...

Together - Many of the things above, also theater, orchestra, games, traveling, personal finance and many others.

  • writing
  • books
  • theater
  • education
  • dining
  • cooking
  • wine
  • baking
  • yoga
  • running
  • chess
  • reading
  • traveling
  • puzzles
  • blogging
  • sudoku
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • canoeing
  • kayaking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • basketball
  • golf
  • teaching
  • entrepreneurship
  • genealogy
  • history
  • logic
  • psychology
  • sociology

Music, Movies, and Books

Some current favorites...
Music - Imagine Dragons, Flogging Molly, Tragically Hip, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Judah and the Lion - blues, folksy, rock

Movies - V for Vendetta, Fight Club, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet's Society, Boondock Saints

Books (Ben) - Anything personal finance, 4HWW, Escape from Cubicle Nation, Crush It!, Star Wars (yup I'm a geek), Katherine Kerr's Deverry series, Harry Potter, anything by Isaac Asimov, Lord of the Rings

Books (Niki) - Elizabeth Peters, Katherine Kerr, Stephen King, Mary Roach, Janet Evanovich, sci-fi, fantasy, Young Adult (happens when you're a teacher), mystery, memoirs

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Fell over 10,000 feet (the first half at ~120 mph).
Took off to Ireland for a month.

Teach, Learn, Share

CAN TEACH:
Personal Finance & Investment basics
Beginner Yoga
Chess and Euchre (a fun card game)
Healthy cooking
Genealogy

INTERESTED IN LEARNING:
Travel hacks/secrets
Anything about cooking

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, Ireland, Mexico, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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