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Due to the itinerant nature of my work in humanitarian emergencies, I am on the move a lot. My job has taken me to a dozen countries in the past 8 years and I've enjoyed exploring a several dozen others in my free time. I really value the element of connecting with locals when I move or travel to a new country to feel more at home. I'm working on accumulating new perspectives over possessions. I love team sports and am always interested to try new ones in addition to the ones I already play (ultimate frisbee, football, and basketball). Oh and bring on the spicy food!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I was recently exposed to the extraordinary positives of couchsurfing on a backpacking trip in Jordan. Two of the travelers I was with were couchsurfers and we used it several times during our trip to meet and stay with kind, funny, helpful Jordanians which provided a unique view of their culture.
- craft beer
- ultimate frisbee
- wild camping
- hash house harriers
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: A Map for Saturday, Finding Vivian Maier, A Girl in the River, Pelada, Basquiat, Selma, Mean Girls, Pitch Perfect, Moonlight. I normally fall asleep during movies although watching Lawrence of Arabia after walking in Wadi Rum was enlightening. But I still fell asleep. The series that keeps me wide awake is Planet Earth.
Books: Cutting for Stone (Verghese), What is the What (Eggers), Shantaram (Roberts), The Geography of Bliss (Weiner), It's what I do (Lynsey Addario), Vagabonding (Potts), The Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver), A Walk in the Woods (Bryson), Freedom (Franzen), A Kim Jong Il Production (Fischer), A House in the Sky (Lindhout), Dark Star Safari (Theroux), Meditations (Aurelius), Letters from a Stoic (Seneca), Rumi Poetry, Matilda (Dahl)
Music: Bela Fleck, Arctic Monkeys, Band of Horses, Bonobo, Boxer Rebellion, Cold War Kids, De La Soul, Evermore, Gus Gus, London Grammar, Lokua Kanza, Mbilia Bel, Andreya Triana, Of Monsters and Men, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Ratatat, Ray LaMontagne, Soulive, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Broken Social Scene, Florence and the Machine, M83, Zero7, Oh Wonder
Otherwise I'm almost always listening to podcasts (Global Dispatches, The Tim Ferriss Show, Planet Money, Freakonomics, The Ezra Klein Show)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I chase plastic far and wide. Playing ultimate frisbee has taken me to tournaments in 22 countries on 4 continents and introduced me to many of my closest friends.
I experienced the birth of the newest country in the world, working in South Sudan in 2011.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I am always excited to toss the frisbee with anyone willing and can take you for a pickup game in Kigali or to the local running club or to play tennis or basically any sport.
I can explain a model for having a location independent consulting firm and a minimalist life.
I can provide an overview of how to travel basically free on airline miles accumulated through credit card sign up bonuses.
I can describe principles of human nutrition, the organization of international humanitarian system and how it responds to emergencies.
I can share pictures and stories from any of the places I have lived / visited.
I am happy to practice English with any guest or host.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Italy, Kenya, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, United States