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Brian Smith

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Overview

  • 75 Positive References1 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Musician
  • BS in Business Management, BS in Bus...
  • From Canby, OR, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Happiness

ABOUT ME

I'm not particularly good at describing myself as I'm quite a complex person. Here's a long list of things about me though that I've added slowly over a few years of nonstop traveling if you're interested in reading forever. It's all pretty outdated:

Here's what this article has to say:
www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Smith_(american_musician)

I'm an American vegetarian folk musician exploring the world through and endless concert tour. Forty six countries so far! Here's my website with more info: http://themusicofbriansmith.com

I am a smoker, but I am house trained, meaning I won't smoke in your house if you don't want me to, because I'm not an asshole.

Also, here's a blog post that Couchsurfing wrote about me, which I think is pretty cool: http://www.couchsurfing.org/news/community/coming-to-europe-the-best-new-folk-music-you-havent-heard-yet
- Ah! It's come to my attention that Couchsurfing redesigned their website and took away the blog they used to operate. Shame!

Since I travel a lot and am asked the same questions everyday, I decided to put together a list of frequently asked questions as a way to avoid the general stuff and move on to more interesting conversations. Hope that's cool/understandable.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town (of 17,000 people) called Canby, Oregon, USA (30 minutes outside of Portland) and then lived in Corvallis, Oregon for four years where I graduated from Oregon State University. I've also lived in Vienna, Tivat, Lindesberg, Zagreb, and Leipzig.

How long have you been traveling for?
I arrived in London on August 1, 2012, travelled Europe for two months, lived in Vienna for 4 months (with three weeks of traveling during this time), then moved away on January 25, 2013 and have been traveling nonstop ever since in Europe, South America, and The United States.

How do you afford to travel so much?
by performing music! Not on the street!

Where have you been?
This is a long list that I can't name off when asked in person, but since this is the internet, here is the list along with when I first visited each place:
1. United States (February 1990)
2. Canada (December 2004)
3. Germany (June 2006)
4. France (June 2006)
5. Austria (June or July 2006)
6. Peru (June 2009)
7. Ecuador (July 2009)
8. United Kingdom (August 2012)
9. Belgium (August 2012)
10. The Netherlands (August 2012)
11. Luxembourg (August 2012)
12. Switzerland (August 2012)
13. Italy (September 2012)
14. Vatican City (September 2012)
15. Liechtenstein (September 2012)
16. Slovenia (September 2012)
17. Croatia (September 2012)
18. Hungary (October 2012)
19. Slovakia (November 2012)
20. Czech Republic (December 2012)
21. Poland (December 2012)
22. Spain (February 2013)
23. Andorra (February 2013)
24. Monaco (March 2013)
25. Denmark (March 2013)
26. Sweden (March 2013)
27. Norway (March 2013)
28. Finland (April 2013)
29. Estonia (April 2013)
30. Latvia (April 2013)
31. Lithuania (April 2013)
32. Bosnia and Herzegovina (May 2013)
33. Serbia (May 2013)
34. Romania (May 2013)
35. Moldova (May 2013)
36. Ukraine (May 2013)
37. Bulgaria (May 2013)
38. Turkey (May 2013)
39. Macedonia (June 2013)
40. Albania (June 2013)
41. Kosovo (June 2013)
42. Montenegro (June 2013)
43. San Marino (July 2013)
44. Portugal (September 2013)
45. Chile (January 2014)
46. Ireland (May 2015)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I travel around and and exchange conversation from places with other people as a means to better understand the world we live in and when I have a home, sometimes I host too.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

2012
Surfed:
London, UK - 3 days
Amsterdam, NL - 4 days
Muenster, DE - 1 day
Bremen, DE - 1 day
Heidelberg, DE - 1 day
Cologne, DE - 1 day
Siebenaler, LU - 2 days
Basel, CH - 1 day
Zurich, CH - 2 days
Bern, CH - 2 days
Agno, CH - 1 day
Torino, IT - 2 days
Florence, IT - 2 days
Rome, IT - 2 days
Bologna, IT - 2 days
Innsbruck, AT - 2 days
Winterthur, CH - 1 day
Munich, DE - 1 day
Augsburg, DE - 1 day
Ljubljana, SI - 3 days
Koper, SI - 1 day
Vienna, AT - 1 day
Salzburg, AT - 3 days
Linz, AT - 1 day
Prague, CZ - 3 days
Warsaw, PL - 3 days
Krakow, PL - 1 day

2013
Hosted:
Vienna, AT - 2 days

Surfed:
Weinburg am Sassbach, AT - 1 day
Zagreb, HR - 2 days
Ljubljana, SI - 1 day
Maribor, SI - 1 day
Zurich, CH - 1 day
St Gallen, CH - 2 days
Bueren an der Aare, CH - 1 day
Ghent, BE - 1 day
Lausanne, CH - 1 day
Grenoble, FR - 2 days
Lyon, FR - 2 days (two hosts)
Biel/Bienne, CH - 1 day
Basel, CH - 2 days
Toulouse, FR - 2 days
Barcelona, ES - 5 days
Biel/Bienne, CH - 1 day
Winterthur, CH - 1 day
Lausanne, CH - 1 day
Vallauris, FR - 2 days
Luxembourg, LU - 3 days
Siebenaler, LU - 1 day
Cachan, FR - 2 days
Lille, FR - 1 day
Antwerp, BE - 2 days
Gent, BE - 1 day
Dendermonde, BE - 1 day
Utrecht, NL - 1 day
Maastricht, NL - 3 days
Hamburg, DE - 2 days
Herning. DK - 1 day
Aarhus, DK - 1 day
Gothenburg, SE - 2 days
Oslo, NO - 3 days (night #1 marked 100 nights of surfing!)
Stockholm, SE - 1 day
Helsinki, FI - 2 days
Tallinn, EE - 2 days
Tartu, EE - 1 day
Vilnius, LT - 2 days
Halle, DE - 2 days
Antwerp, BE - 1 day
Rotterdam, NE - 1 day
Siebenaler, LU - 1 day
Vienna, AT - 5 days
Zagreb, HR - 4 days
Pag, HR - 3 days
Rijeka, HR - 2 days
Zagreb, HR - 1 day
Novi Sad, RS - 1 day
Belgrade, RS - 3 days
Subotica, RS - 2 days
Brasov, RO - 2 days
Bucharest, RO - 2 days
Chisinau, MD - 2 days
Odessa, UA - 3 days
Burgas, BG - 1 day
Istanbul, TR - 4 days
Plovdiv, BG - 2 days
Sofia, BG - 2 days
Tirana, AL - 2 days
Prishtina, KV - 1 day
San Marino, SM - 2 days
Leipzig, DE - 5 days
Brno, CZ - 2 days
Linz, AT - 1 day
Vienna, AT - 4 days
Leipzig, DE - 5 days
Siebenaler, LU - 5 days
Strasbourg, FR - 1 day
Freiburg, DE - 1 day
Aix-en-Provence, FR - 2 days
Lisbon, PT - 2 days
Porto, PT - 2 days
Asturias, ES - 4 days
Bilbao, ES - 3 days
Paris, FR - 2 days
Vienna, AT - 4 days (night #4 marked 200 nights of surfing!)
Biel, CH - 1 day
Utrecht, NL - 2 days
Brussels, BE - 3 days
Gent, BE - 2 days (two hosts)
Siebenaler, LU - 2 days
Hamburg, DE - 1 day
Gothenburg, SE - 2 days
Örebro, SE - 1 day
Lindesberg, SE - 1 day
Stockholm, SE - 1 day
Ribe, DK - 1 day
Strasbourg, FR - 1 day
Lausanne, CH - 1 day
Bologna, IT - 1 day
Leipzig, DE - 3 days
Berlin, DE - 2 days
Prague, CZ - 1 day

2014

Trujillo, PE - 3 days
Cusco, PE - 2 days
Santiago, CL - 15 days
Berlin, DE - 1 day

Hosted:
Leipzig, DE - 1 day
Zagreb, HR - 1 day

Surfed:
Stockholm, SE - 2 days
Copenhagen, DK - 1 day
Cologne, DE - 1 day
Saarbrucken, DE - 2 days
Bern, CH - 2 days
Winterthur, CH - 3 days
Subotica, RS - 2 days
Vienna, AT - 4 days
Leipzig, DE - 3 days
Utrecht, NL - 2 days
Nice, FR - 2 days
Grenoble, FR - 2 days
Leipzig, DE - 1 day
Regensburg, DE - 1 day
Bayreuth, DE - 1 day

2015
Hosted:
Leipzig, DE - 8 days

Surfed:
Tralee, IR - 1 day
Cologne, DE - 1 day
Gent, BE - 3 days
Saarbrucken, DE - 3 days
Ulm, DE - 1 day
Munich, DE - 2 days

Interests

music, traveling, history, good food and drinks, making new friends, and experiencing new cultures

Music, Movies & Books

I'm mostly into music:
Leonard Cohen, Devendra Banhart, Bob Dylan, Peter and The Wolf, Sixto Rodriguez, Paul Simon, Melanie Safka, and all of my incredibly talented friends such as LAKE, iji, Peter Piek, She Owl, Fernando Milagros, Old Age, ect

Movies: Woody Allen and Wes Anderson films, 8 1/2, Amelie, I Heart Huckabees, various documentaries, ect

Books: The Picture of Dorian Gray, various Eduardo Galeano books, Don Quixote, D.I.Y. Touring the World. I'm also currently writing a novel.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Slept under a bridge in Carcassonne, France when I didn't have a CS host and woke up to a nutria running towards me that I had to scare away.

Saw the moonrise over the Black Sea in Odessa with three other Couchsurfers.

Saw the enormous and enormously fast sunset in Playas, Ecuador.

Snorkled alone among a school of thousands of fish on Christmas on Silver Island, Ecuador in 2013.

Was chased off 5m a cliff by a pitbull on the way to a concert for hundreds of people in Santiago, Chile, which smashed my guitar among many other terrible things.

Organized a music festival that I operated for four years

Gone on tour a bunch: www.themusicofbriansmith.com/performances

Made a diving catch once in kickball!

Teach, Learn, Share

I have a ton of stories to share. Ask me about a country in Europe and I'll probably have a story to tell.

Countries I've Visited

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

Austria, Croatia, Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro, Sweden, United States

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