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I'm an avid traveler, traveling heavily each year since I was 19 (so, over a decade!). I've been to over 50 countries/territories and all 50 of the US states (plus 2 of the Pacific territories - just 3 US territories left to go!). Asia, the Middle East, and Central America are my favorite regions so far, but each part of the world is unique in its own way. My favorite time to travel is over New Years (both internationally and domestic) as well as 4th of July (for domestic excursions). Although, once things return to normal, I might start traveling for Halloween more routinely (as I've learned this can be very fun lol; Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Key West are some amazing destinations for this).
I'm a musician and was a bassist in a touring death metal band in my previous life. Music is still a big part of my life, and up until covid impacted music globally, I was attending close to 80 concerts/festivals a year (but now that concerts are kind of back in full swing, my hectic concert schedule is getting busy again!). I usually attend certain major events each year (past ones have included Songkran in Thailand, Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Coachella, and Junkanoo in the Bahamas), which helps feed into the travel bug.
I enjoy learning about new cultures, taking a stab at new languages, and meeting people from all over the world. The experiences I've had through travel have shaped me in positive ways and given me outlooks I would never have had previously. I yearn to continue this path of frequent travel to see and learn more about our world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I am on Couchsurfing for the same reason many other people are: to meet people along my travels (since I travel solo frequently), but also for the karma of paying it forward. I like to keep my travel as open and flexible as possible, and frequently extend trips, so it's nice to be able to meet other likeminded travelers along the way, while also avoiding unnecessary and costly fees associated with some hotels and AirBnBs. I don't expect anything or have any standards with this platform, but I am open and willing to provide the same for travelers coming to my home city of Philadelphia.
- bass guitar
- vinyl record collecting
Music, Movies, and Books
Favorite music artists: Iron Maiden, Green Day, X Japan, Helloween, Unleash the Archers, Angra, Anthrax, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Zedd, Seventh Wonder, Gareth Emery, cKy, System of a Down, Misfits, A Skylit Drive, The Faceless, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Slayer, Lamb of God, My Chemical Romance, Judas Priest
Listen to a lot of heavy metal (gravitate more towards power and progressive metal, and traditional 80s heavy metal artists...including a glam phase I recently went through lol) and punk (from pop punk artists such as Green Day, classics such as Misfits, to hardcore bands such as Agnostic Front), but also listen to a lot of electronic (i.e. Zedd, Armin, Gareth Emery) and other genres such as pop (love Doja Cat), jazz, and hip hop (love Eminem and Kanye).
Favorite movie of all time: Jurassic Park
Favorite books: Hard to say, but I read mostly non-fiction (nowadays, mostly music biographies or conspiracy talk haha), with some occasional fiction (including the occasional comic).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Studied abroad in Japan in college (lived in Yokohama, but school was in Tokyo). The 4 months I spent there fueled the long haul drive of travel in me ever since. Fun fact: Halloween in Tokyo is an experience.
Most "out there" place I've ever been was probably the Pacific island of Niue (one of the tiniest countries in the world). Look it up. Most people have never heard of it.
Burning Man is also one of the wildest things I've ever experienced. Ask me about it if you want, but once I start I may not be able to shut up about it.
Lastly, and most recently (December 2021), I took a 9 day trip to Haiti, 3 days of which were in Port au Prince - by far the most dangerous place I've ever been in my life. I arrived within a week of the American hostages escaping, and I stood out like a sore thumb. The country had no security and was in a state of instability. However, I stayed with one of the best couchsurfing hosts ever there (who is now a good friend of mine), and I managed to survive - as well as having a truly touching and memorable trip that I'll never forget. The Haitian people and their country is one amazing place (as is their food)...but that's a story for another time (feel free to ask me about it).
Teach, Learn, Share
Teach: English (I'm an avid reader and writer), bass guitar, making cold brew coffee, travel planning, etc
Learn: Other languages (particularly Hebrew, Japanese, and Spanish)
Share: Music knowledge (used to be in music industry and am a guru when it comes to heavy metal), travel tips to the parts of the world I've been to (50+ countries), the evils of the corporate world, etc
What I Can Share with Hosts
Stories, shared experiences, gifts (depending on context), and a travel buddy to hangout/explore with (only if wanted).
Countries I’ve Visited
Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palestine, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vatican City State
Countries I’ve Lived In
Israel, Japan, United States