Chris Irwin

Long Beach, California, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning Basque, Dutch, French, Spanish
  • 36, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Teacher
  • Degrees in American Literature and Physics
  • From San Diego, CA
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About Me


Learn as many languages as possible by traveling the world with my trusty guitar and documenting the whole thing with outdated photographic processes


I am a high school science teacher, but I love traveling and learning new languages. I'm very interested in other cultures, and I try to live like a local when I travel. I like to try new things, and I'm not just a bookworm; I like art, music, sports, and all kinds of other stuff. I am easy-going and I (think I) have a good sense of humor, but I'm also analytical enough that I'm bothered by the fact that "Personal Description" and "Your Interests" are two separate fields. Don't they seem related?

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosting and meeting people to visit on their home turf


I have surfed and hosted several times. I have met some truly amazing people through CS, and I hope to continue to do so!


My main hobbies involve music. I play guitar in a jazz band, and I also play guitar and sing in a Beatles cover band (I'm "George" in the band). I also enjoy listening to music (recorded and live). Other than music, I'm an avid photographer. I shoot mostly medium format film on various crappy plastic cameras. I also make tintypes.

I like to cook, and learn new languages. Sometimes simultaneously.

I teach biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science at a high school, so I'm also interested in just about anything related to science. Oh yeah: I'm also a certified SCUBA diver.

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Django Reinhardt, Classic Soul, British Invasion, Ska, Rockabilly

Books: Non-fiction, Hemingway, 19th century American lit

Movies: The dude abides

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

1. Scuba diving around the world (Bonaire, Great Barrier Reef, Belize, etc.)
2. A month-long solo tour of Spain. That's not really a "moment" though.
3. I guess I need to have some more adventures... "Amazing" is a pretty strong word, so I guess I only have two.

Teach, Learn, Share

Gypsy Jazz guitar, Photography, Physics, Astronomy

Countries I’ve Visited

Aruba, Australia, Belize, Canada, France, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Spain, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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