Michael Fried

Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic

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About Me


Wishing I had a mission objective


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be - Kurt Vonnegut. I like to pretend I'm a ballet dancer in the Himalayan mountains. So I guess I'm a ballet dancer in the Himalayas.

Well I think it is high time I updated this section. This used to be a section chock full of references to my corporate job, my thirst for knowledge, and my quest for crazy travel experiences.

I'm a New Yorker (born and raised). Spent most of the first 27 years of my life there (lived in Israel for 5 years and London for a year). New York is still my favorite place in the world, but its not the right place for me now.

Spent the last year and a half travelling New Zealand and Australia (living in Tasmania for 8 months). Now, after a 5 month stint back in NYC, I am moving to Brno, Czech Republic.


Try to make yourself a little uncomfortable. Often, we live are lives within the same "zone" and we don't like to experience change. My favorite people to hang out with are the ones I have nothing in common with. It forces me to learn about them and find a common ground.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I greet people to this wonderful lifestyle (I'm on the welcoming committee). I host, surf, go to events and am active on the boards.


I used to keep track of all my surfing/hosting experiences, but I have not bothered keeping it up.

1)Niahm from Ireland
2)Wendy from Toronto
3)Mone from Germany
4)Anne from Germany
5)Rona from Israel
6)Rebecca from Denmark
7)Torben from Denmark
8)Adinda from Augsburg
9)Angela from Australia
10)Andruw from New Zealand
11)Sarka from Praha
12)Naomi from Bath
13)Erlinde Belgium
14)Pieterjan from Belgium
15)Naomi again
16)Olivier from France
17)Ambre France
18)Eleanor from England
19)Kristin from Iceland
20)Johanna from Sweden
21)Elita from Latvia
22)Phillipa from England
23)Lewis from England
24)Eva from Austria
25)Veronika from Budapest
26)Marte from Budapest
27)Lillybelle from Massechusets
28)Shivonne from Trinidad/Tobago
29)Marieke from Holland
30)Romy from France
31)Ann from Belgium
32)Sian from Australia
33)Suzanna from Sweden
34)Markus from Sweden
35)Wendy from France
36)Lucille from France
37)Wendy from France (again)
38)Ryan from Australia
39)Hayley from Australia
40)Stacie from Australia
41)Lee from Australia
42)Julia from Germany
43)Sara from Germany
44)Anna from Austria
45)Julie from Canada
46)Astrid from Germany
47)Roman from Austria
48)Maria from Russia
49)Ekaterina from Russia
50)Anna from Germany
51)Lisa from Germany
52)Maria from Germany
53)Ella from Sweden
54)Elizabeth from Sweden

With Adinda to DC
With Aryeh to Praha and Budapest
With Justine to Niagra Falls
With Laura around the north of Ireland

1)Kristin in Santa Cruz
2)Lilia in San Diego
3)Jacque in Washington D.C./Alexandria
4)Sarka in Praha
5)Szilvi in Budapest
6)Maria in NYC
7)Melissa in Burlington
8)Anesa in Huntington Beach
9)Angela in San Diego
10)Erlinde, Hilde and company in dendermonde
11)Martine in Bruges
12)Pieterjan in Ghent
13)Aagje in Brussels
14)Naomi in Bath
15)Rory in Dublin
16)Ed in Carndonagh
17)Natalie in Belfast
18)Jessie in Hamburg
19)Tina in Hamburg
20)Marie-Helene in Copenhagen

NYE in Rome
San Diego Artwalk 08
Revival in NYC!
Potluck dinner in D.C.
CS birthday picnic
Belly dancing San Diego (way too briefly)
Tuesday Night dinner in budapest
Philharmonic in the Park
LI Soiree
ANTM party at Lizzie
Isa's goodbye 20s theme
Monk Cafe in brussels
Amsterdam NY bananza
The Raven in Bath
MMM Subway Picnic


I have really gained a passion for cooking. I have taken some classes, and now I'm really trying to learn the finer arts of cooking.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Once, Good Will Hunting, Searching for Bobby Fisher.

Music: Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, anything of that Genre (90s alternative rock).

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I (a Yank) and an Aussie cooked an authentic Irish stew for an Irish guy, Romanian guy and French couple in Dublin. That is a true couchsurfing experience.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Israel, United States

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