Beth Velliky

Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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  • Archaeologist
  • MA in Archaeology
  • From DETROIT!, MI, USA
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About Me


Who am I to blow against the wind?


After a year or so of backpacking around the world, I've somehow managed to wind up in southern Germany for an indefinite period doing cool archaeology things (seriously). Clueless on Phase 2, any ideas?


A drunk person speaks a sober mind.

Also, when camping, always keep your chair dry. It sucks sitting in a wet chair.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I hosted many a surfer in Vancouver and have surfed the odd couch here and there. Will certainly be doing this more on the road, specifically with awesome people who like to laugh and talk. Think you got what it takes?


I've hosted and been the hostee and gone to a few meetups.


I am an archaeologist by trade so naturally anything ancient or historical I LOVE. I also love learning about different cultures, obviously why I am traveling, I guess most people on this site do probably?

Other than that I love to cook, for myself as well as others, I like to drink, all sorts of beverages (including but not limited to: coffee, beer, tea), and I like to couple the previously mentioned things with some sort of social aspect.

Also: biking, hiking, yoga, gardening, moooovies, boating, riding on motorcyles, reading, talking, listening...

Music, Movies, and Books

have a particular fondness for old drunk men crooning to me; the likes of Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, John Denver, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, but mostly stuff from the 90's. and some electronic. and some folk. Pearl Jam tends to prevail.

i watch a lot of movies. then i like talking about them with people. if you like doing either of these things, we'll get along. i specifically like horror films, sci-fi, fantasy, cult, and thriller movies, though i'll watch anything! except fast and the furious. those just look predictable.

As far as authors go, Paul Thoreux is always good to read if you need a justification for riding on a 14hr 3rd class train. Also like Tom Robbins, Cormac McCarthy, Hubert Selby Jr., Stephen King, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Isaac Assimov!

And I LOVE board games so if you are into that you better stay on my couch so we can play.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Seeing Stonehenge, by far. It's what made me want to become an archaeologist! Also working on an Iron Age excavation, seeing Angkor Wat, swimming in an underground cenote in Ek Balam, Mexico, working on a vineyard in Tasmania... also living in general is pretty amazing.

Teach, Learn, Share

As I said, I know a lot about history, and archaeology. So there's that. I have a ridiculous mental database of movies as well. I know a lot of card games and board games, always happy to share recipes for yummy dishes (mexican and polish recipes are my specialty! along with raw food deserts, check out my blog). I have a knack for gardening, and I can read your tarot cards!

Also, I am more than happy to share tourist knowledge about my awesome home town of Detroit. Many cities are unfortunately the victims of horrible media coverage. As a result, many people think Detroit is an awful place, when if fact it is full of life, history, and culture if you look in the right places.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Austria, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

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