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Al Alvarez

Fukaya, Japan

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Overview

  • 55 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Japanese, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Assistant English Teacher
  • University (in Philadelphia) and Gra...
  • From New York, NY, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Turning strangers into friends, one culture at a time.

ABOUT ME

Hey, I'm AL! I'm wacky, insightful, curious and energetic. I'm a native New Yorker that lives in Japan now. I left NYC for 12 years (in Philly and then in LA) and during that time I learned the ways and the joys of traveling. I recently moved to Japan to teach English, so a new chapter of adventures in my life has just begun!

I enjoy talking about my experiences and crazy stories, but even more I love listening to what makes people tick. The things that people have been through shape them and I believe that we can all learn from that, no matter what country or culture they come from. That's why I travel and it feels great to know that there's a community of people out there just like me.

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MY PHILOSOPHY: Ask, Listen, Learn and Relate

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Opening up my home to surfers has definitely changed me. I really went all out when I hosted someone and gave them the "Al tour" of LA. It helped me to appreciate living there when I showed people the many parts of LA. And whether it was 2 days or 2 weeks, I was sometimes amazed by just how connected I felt with my surfer by the time they left. I feel like I gained a new true friend or, in some cases, a new sibling. Isn't that what this is all about??

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I joined in April of 2012 and here are the great people that I've stayed with and hosted so far:

Hosted: 1) Erwan Khatib from Paris 2) Mi Dan Nguyen from Vietnam (via Virginia) 3) Yohei Tsujinaka from Kusatsu, Japan 4) Theryn Bond from Memphis 5) Minmin Low from Singapore 6) Grace Toledo from Houston 7) Seungho Lee from Busan, S. Korea 8) Vance Long from Nanchang, China 9) Takashi & Shinji Hashimoto from Suita, Japan 10) Tommy Suen from Hong Kong & Antonio Guimaraes from Sao Paulo, Brazil 11) Andry from Jakarta 12) Brian Llewellyn and George Collings from Cardiff, Wales 13) Jerry Syu from Taipei

Surfed on the couch of: 1) Andy Phillipson in London 2) David Hung Kiat in London 3) Chang Tan in London 4) Matt in Phoenix 5) Grace Toledo in Houston 6) Laurence Mahe in New Orleans 7) David Brown in Atlanta 8) Francis Gravel and Anne-Frédérique Gendron in Montréal 9) Lawrence Cheng in Shanghai 10) Shingo Oikawa in Tokyo 11) Yohei Tsujinaka in Kusatsu, Japan 12) Seungho Lee in Busan, S Korea 13) YoungHwan Oh in Seoul 14) Alex Hsu in Taipei 15) Jing Jing in Beijing 16) Patrick Xie in Shanghai 17) Monzurul Alam in Hong Kong 18) Vinh Nguyen in Berkeley, California 19) Jideki Iwashita in San Pedro Sula, Honduras 20) Fatima Abbas in Lake Havasu City, Arizona 21) Stacey Lake in Kansas City, Missouri 22) Bruce Amshel in Pittsburgh

Interests

Teaching English, Trains, Parkour, Big Cities, Gymnastics, Geography, Hiking, Photography and of course Traveling!

Music, Movies & Books

I love R&B and Hip Hop music!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Domestically: Driving across the country from LA to the East Coast twice was unforgettable! It really made me appreciate my country more.

Internationally: Spending a 6-week summer vacation in East Asia by myself was incredible beyond words. I learned so much and met so many great people. It was a step outside of my comfort zone, but one of the best experiences I've ever had in my life.

visited 18 states (36%)Create your own visited map of The United States or Free ipad travel guide

Teach, Learn, Share

When you visit a city, visit the good AND the bad. That way you have the whole picture and you can really appreciate that city.

Countries I've Visited

Canada, China, France, Honduras, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Republic of, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, United States

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