Berkeley, CA, United States
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Hey there, I'm Chris. I just finished my last semester at UC Berkeley where I studied Political Science and Geography. Now I'm trying to travel a bit before things get too crazy. I absolutely love travel and learn about the world (Its a great place, isn't it?). I want to end up doing work overseas in the future. In my free time I love to socialize and meet people, and talk about politics. If you're looking for somebody to have a political debate with, you've found the right guy. Even if I don't know anything about your country's politics, I'd love to learn about it.
I like to cook and would be happy to cook something for you. It's a goal of mine to always improve my cooking skills. If you feel you can teach me anything about food or cooking, I'd love to hear it. I'm always open to new foods. I absolutely love spicy foods. Indian and Thai food are great. I'm a huge fan of Italian food as well.
I'm really into beer. I love darker beers and anything with a strong flavor. Belgian doubles and triples are great, and IPAs never fail to satisfy. Stouts and Porters are also always a treat. I'd love to have a beer with anybody who has the time.
I'd also love to show you around Berkeley and San Francisco or Paris, wherever I happen to be.
People are good, and life boils down to nothing more than that. Everybody has something to offer to the world. Everybody has a story to tell. I would love to meet as many people as I can. The world's a big place, but its surprising how interconnected people are. Once we take the time to step away from the pseudo-stress of day-to-day life and realize that we're surrounded by incredible friends and family and that those individuals are the ones that we live for, its an amazing feeling. Through online communities like Couch surfing combined with local scenes, bars, pubs, schools, and other organizations, people have transformed society from a chaotic and ugly jungle of egotistical and lonely monsters into a family. Looking at the planet, I can't help but echo the age-old Disneyland song "It's a small world, after all."
Quote from an anonymous small child: "When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I said "happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Every experience I've had with CS has left me with a new wonderful friend that I have kept in touch with to this day. I've been a host before to a number of people visiting California and met with people to show them around, even if they didn't stay with me. I've also surfed while I was traveling.
It's been amazing meeting so many awesome people. I'm really impressed with the CS project.
My Hosting Experience: Aaron from San Diego, CA Dab from Los Angeles, CA Huseyin from Ankara, Turkey Pablo from Belgium/Spain Niek from Huizen, Holland Amandine from Bordeaux, France Sam from Wichita Falls, Texas Anthony from Boston, MA Camille, Charlotte, and Anais from Lille, France John from London, UK Martina and Julia from Cologne, Germany Julia from Munich, Germany AJ from Chicago, Illinois Steven from London/Shanghai Bisae from Seoul, Korea Cameron from Adelaide, Australia Lorenzo and Luca from Arco, Italy Marcin from Lublin, Poland
My surfing Experience Steven in London, UK Alenka in Zagreb, Croatia Amela in Jajce, Bosnia Romain in Bordeaux, France Filip in Antwerp, Belgium Ana in Ilpendam, Holland Rasa in Riga, Latvia Violeta in Vilnius, Lithuania Paulina in Warsaw, Poland Kasia in Lublin, Poland Ania in Poznan, Poland Petra in Dresden, Germany Honza in Praha, Czech Vlad and Tatiana in Plzen, Czech Patrick in Munchen, Germany Michaela in Ivancice, Czech Dave in Brno, Czech Jolanta in Krakow, Poland Agnes and Dani in Budapest, Hungary Sienna in Richmond, VA Valentyn in Kiev, Ukraine Jola in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Alina in Sevastopol, Ukraine Anna in Donetsk, Ukraine Alice in Kharkov, Ukraine Ratum in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Sinan in Odessa, Ukraine Gerhard in Chisinau, Moldova Mihai in Iasi, Romania Dimitir in Bucharest, Romania Frank in Sofia, Bulgaria Iva and Alexandra in Kyustendil, Bulgaria Sophoklis in Athens, Greece Stratos in Ioannina, Greece Ivica in Ohrid, Macedonia Kris in Skopje, Macedonia Drew in Prishtina, Kosovo Slobo in Podgorica, Montenegro Vesna in Uzice, Serbia Tijana in Belgrade, Serbia Uros in Novi Sad, Serbia Balazs in Szeged, Hungary Michal and Adriana in Kosice, Slovakia Arek in Rzeszow, Poland Leonid in Lviv, Ukraine Andres in Heredia, Costa Rica Denis in Managua, Nicaragua Halim in Borobudur, Indonesia Jay in Gianyar (Bali), Indonesia AJ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Sarah in Pai, Thailand Toonie in Chaweng (Ko Samui), Thailand Porsche in Chiang Mai, Thailand Wish in Bangkok, Thailand
Couchsurfers I've met for coffee or a drink: Fejir in Istanbul, Turkey Pamela in Zagreb, Croatia Nina (From Croatia) in Vilnius, Lithuania Anita in Budapest, Hungary Aida in Sarajevo, Bosnia Zala from Berlin, Germany Irene from Palo Alto, California Amy from Bangkok, Thailand Alex in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine Dmytrii in Kharkov, Ukraine Chris in Athens, Greece
To sum things up, I've couchsurfed roughly 118 nights in 28 countries. I spent my 23rd birthday couchsurfing, and my host made me a cake; a few months later, I ran into somebody I had met that night on the other side of the country. I've been interviewed on a Polish radio station about my couchsurfing experiences. Couchsurfing has lead me to some cool people and helped me do some awesome things. I'm looking forward to what awaits in the future.
I'm really interested in anything having to do with geography. I love learning about new places. I love maps. If you bring me a map of where you're from (like a subway map or a map of touristy places), I'll hang it up on my wall and give you a big hug.
It's always fun meeting people from all over the world and sharing experiences and stories.
I love learning about cuisines from around the world and trying new food. Eating food is always a satisfying way to learn about a new culture.
I'm also really interested in different languages. I speak a bit of Spanish and French, and have recently started trying to learn Russian. If you speak any of these languages, let me know. Podemos hablar en espanol tambien! If you could teach me a few phrases in your native language, that would be awesome.
I have many different interests when it comes to music. Classic rock like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Pink Floyd are incredible. I also love new electronic music. Dubstep is fun. Skrillex and Nero are great.
When it comes to books, I used to be a huge Stephen King fan, but lately I've been a lot more into non-fiction. I figure the real world is exciting and entertaining enough, so why would we need a fictional world to keep us happy?
I don't watch TV. I think that life itself is much more exciting than any TV show (plus, the graphics are better and there are no commercials). I watch movies occasionally. Some of my favorites are Crash, Little Miss Sunshine, and No Country for Old Men. Basically, anything that makes it to the Academy Awards is pretty satisfying.
I think what is more important than what I've seen or done is who I've met. When traveling, I've been to the museums, done the tours, and bought the t-shirts. The part of the trip that has the largest lasting impact on me is not that, but the people I've become friends with. When I missed the last bus to where I was heading in Costa Rica, I spent the rest of the night partying on the beach with a guy that helped me out that night. I've hitch-hiked around 3,000 miles / 4,800 km through 11 countries, and met some really awesome people along the way.
During the semester, I'm a student at a university. But that really doesn't matter. The place where the majority of learning takes place is not in the classroom, but in going out and about and engaging in other people. A drunk conversation in a pub leaves a greater impact on me than an article in a prestigious journal. Couch surfing offers a much better educational experience than what any conventional school can offer.
If I stay with you, or if you stay with me, I want you to teach me something. How do I count to ten in your native language? How do I cook your favorite dish? What are your opinions on politics? What's your favorite beer? Share a great story with me. Where was your craziest night? I want to hear all about you and your travels. In return, I'll teach you something as well. I'll cook for you and tell you about where I've gone and what I've done.
Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
France, United States
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