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Bill Anderson

Columbus, OH, United States

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Overview

  • 229 Positive References4 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Dutch, French, German, Spanish
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • World Traveler :)
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer and In...
  • From Columbus, Ohio, US
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Meet people, see places.

ABOUT ME

I'm very friendly and easygoing. I'm a bit quiet at first, but I'm very open. I love to meet people.

I quit my previous job in September 2008 and have been traveling ever since. I spent 9 months traveling all over Central America and a month sailing from Mexico to South Carolina. Now I have a new job which I can do entirely over the Internet and I intend to take full advantage of the flexibility by being a full-time couchsurfer for the next several months/years.

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and lived there most of my life. I went to the Ohio State University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science. Following that, I spend several years working for a small company that specializes in Information Security and Computer Forensics. We helped medium and large companies, including banks, hospitals, insurance companies, and major retailers, protect your privacy, reduce fraud, and ensure the integrity of your financial transactions. We also worked with attorneys and the court to gather, interpret, and evaluate computer evidence, and provide expert testimony about it. I've helped catch bad guys, get felony charges dropped for good guys, and made the world a little safer. In my field, integrity is very important, and I feel the same way about my personal life.

PHILOSOPHY

I live for the moment, but plan for the future. I don't take things too seriously. I am spontaneous and adventurous. I'm easygoing and laid-back. I'm passionate about what I care about, and don't sweat the rest. People are important to me. I can be too quiet on occasion, but I get real pleasure from meeting people, learning about them, and listening to what they have to say.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I'm working on integrating couchsurfing into my life. I've been talking on the site for some time and I've loved the idea since I learned about it. I am now trying to do as much couchsurfing as humanly possible.

So far I've been hosted in Dayton Ohio, Las Vegas, Barcelona, Paris, Marseilles, Avignon, Munich, Pforzheim, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Katowice, Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit, Quetzaltenango, Antigua, Guatemala City, Ocotal (Nicaragua), Achuapa (Nicaragua), Cancun, Fort Lauderdale, Lexington (KY), Chicago, Minneapolis, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Malibu, Long Beach, Montevideo, Puerto Natales (Chile), Barranquilla (Colombia), San Francisco, Reno, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Nashville, and Charleston. I've also met couchsurfers in Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Dortmund, London, Utila, Antigua, Cancun, Merida, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Bariloche, Concepción, Santiago, Oklahoma City and several other cities. I've hosted eight people so far and I am eager to host more once I have a permanent residence again. :)

Currently I am attempting to travel around the world using Couchsurfing.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Attended and/or organized numerous couchsurfing events.

Attended Couch Crashes in Detroit (2x), Columbus (2x) (helped organize), Washington DC (2x), Madison WI, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, St Louis, and Charleston SC.

Couchsurfing in Thailand and Vietnam, Spring 2012.

Couchsurfing around the SF Bay Area, September-November 2010

Couchsurfing through South America, February 2010 - August 2010

Couchsurfing across the United States, June 2009 - February 2010

Couchsurfed through Central America, Sept 2008 - May 2009.

Couchsurfed Europe from May 8 - June 11 2008.

Couchsurfed Las Vegas in April 2008.

Couchsurfed the Dayton Ohio Invasion March 2008. Had a wonderful experience. Was planning to just stop by, but ended up spending the whole weekend. Very glad I did. My hosts were wonderful and we had a great time seeing Dayton and spreading couchsurfing joy to everyone we passed.

Eager to host. Eager to surf more. Spreading the word to everyone I meet.

Interests

Snow skiing, snowboarding, water skiing, wake boarding, climbing, volleyball, dodgeball, canoeing/kayaking, whitewater rafting, flying, pool, tennis, racquetball, horseback riding, hiking, biking, camping, scuba diving, skydiving, volunteering, reading, arts, music, pool, swing dancing. TRAVEL! :)

Music, Movies & Books

"The Motorcycle Diaries." Lately been reading books by Paolo Cuehlo in Spanish. Recently read "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac. Currently reading an anthology of Thoreau works.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Joined couchsurfing.org! Of course! :) Attended Burning Man 2009-2011,2013.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm happy to exchange English practice for Spanish practice. I am happy to share my thoughts about various cultures including my native culture.

I'd like to improve my Spanish, learn to Salsa better, and generally enhance my artistic/creative side and become more social.

Countries I've Visited

Argentina, Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Chile, Guatemala, United States

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