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CTravel27

Bogota, Distrito Capital, Colombia

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Overview

  • 119 Positive References2 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2006
  • Teacher
  • No education listed
  • From EARTH
  • Profile 65% complete

About Me

*******COUCHSURFING says I have a 0% response rate which is not possible, since I have hosted 54 times. Is this a glitch in the system? I do not like that CSing misrepresents me. How can I respond 0% if I have hosted dozens and dozens of times??

CURRENT MISSION

On 5 April 2014, I finished my goal of Running to all 86 metro stops in DC metro area via interesting routes, starting from my house/street. The 86 metro stations were about 798 total miles. I started on 2 July so .. LOOKING FOR A NEW MISSION NOW!!

ABOUT ME

Peaceful music while you read (click here)! OR HERE

More of my travel photos (about 40) are posted here (reason explained in one of my photos captions):

Click here for PHOTOS!

My, what I hope, is my (future) dream trip to Prague!: gofund.me/fwjnkg

Pros and cons of living in Bogota:

Pro: Tons of cheap food con: some of that cheap food will kill your insides almost literally pro: tons of world class museums pro: taxis are cheap con: public transit is an absolute disaster and nightmare ...especially during rush hour, crowds almost act like animals, collectively con: tons of paper work. Getting a bank card took THREE DAYS..just for a damn savings account pro: Rent is cheap compared with the states or western europe and you can still get a cheap place con: actually finding a landlord to rent to foreign folks with a reasonable contract I would like to do:

Eastern European tour - Estonia, Lativia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria

A Central American tour - Belize, Guatemala, , El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

A Southern European tour - Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Abania, Greece

I want to see India, Peru, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Papua New Guniea

Interesting things to see in DC that are off the typical tourist beaten path (ask me about them, directions, etc. Maybe I can even take you there if I have time):

1. Kenilworth aquatic gardens 2. National arboretum and Capitol Columns 3. Kingman Island and Heritage island 4. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 5. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 6. Union Market 7. Theodore roosevelt island and statue 8. Franciscan Monastery 9. Anacostia community Musuem and nearby Anacostia Art House Gallery and garden 10. Congressinal Cemetary (SE) and Soilders Home Cemetary (NE) 11. Islamic Center of Washington 12. American University Musuem

overlooked things on or near the mall: 13. Old post office tower 14. Einstein statue 15. Art Musuem of the Americas 16. Building musuem (structure more than for the exhibits) 17. Capital Grotto 18. Post office musuem

and around DC 19. Spanish steps 20. Philips collection (worth the price)/friday night art walk 21. Fish Market near Waterfront 22. Laogai Musuem 23. German American Heritage musuem 24. St. Elizabeths West Campus (structure more than actual tour)

My running ("project") has also brought me to tons of what would otherwise be unseen streets and neighborhoods in DC and metro area (metro area includes small parts of Maryland and Virginia) - feel free to ask me about them. While I have seen every single free musuem in the city (most of them multiple times) and some of the paid ones there are still a few paid ones I have yet to see. Let me know if you find groupon/livingsocial deals on the following: newseum as I would like to see this one a great deal!

There are also nice quiet places within typically busy neighborhoods that I can recommend in Dupont, Georgetown and Chinatown if you need a break from the action. and great bars with great beer selection in silver spring or dupont and overall nice bars (though not always huge beer selections) in U street, adams morgan, H street and Convention center.

PLEASE feel free to ask me anything in private, or ask for my g-talk or skype if you would like!!

I am an honest, straight forward person. Please be aware of that when contacting me, otherwise, think about it...!

PHILOSOPHY

"less is more" - (aside from "CouchSurfing Experience" and "Couch information" boxes).

In other words, ask more in person ;)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

#1. Hosted two CSing parties.

#2. 54 times for a total of 130 days.

#3. 42 times for a total of 117 days.

#4. On 25 August 2012, an interesting milestone was reached: references! Around this same exact time, I also hit 200 total days of combined surfing and hosting!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Not everything is labeled correctly in the official CSing Reference summary, so here is a more official list that I made myself. (Example: some people list themselves as host when they surferd or as surfer when they hosted... Or, list themselves as host and/or surfer when they just travelled OR don't choose any of the three options (host, surf, travel). Don't ask me why, maybe some confusion or whatever.

The numbers are also skewed because sometimes a surfer or host never leaves a reference and is thus, never accounted for in the reference breakdown, again, hence the need for a more official list where even those who never left a reference are accounted for as well. *Whew*, hope you got all that!:

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People I HOSTED (54 times, 130 days): (Italics = people without csing profiles. sometimes when I host groups of people, not everyone in the group has a profile, but always at least one of the people in each group has a profile)

Hosted in Portland Maine: Samantha - 3 days Noel - 1 day Johannes - 4 days Annie (aka Juanita) - 14 days Rebecca - 1 day Thomas - 3 days Alban and Heddy - 1 day Jessica and Bikash - 2 days Mark - 2 days JD and his gf - 2 days Rotem - 3 days Jamie - 1 day Adam - 2 days Johannes + two friends - 2 days Jim - 1 day Freider - 3 days Adele - 2 days Megan and her friend - 1 day Hosted in Shijiazhuang China Nan - 2 days Andrew and Evelyne - 1 day Hosted in Washington DC (Woodley Park) Roberta - 4 days Valarie - 1 day Janice and Stephanie - 3 days Nalia - 2 days Aurijus and Cecille - 1 day Christin and Ina - 3 days Roberto - 3 days Mahsa - 2 days Yeji - 4 days Linn - 2 days Hankyung - 2 days Anna Maria and Martina - 4 days Ye and Tianzhi - 2 days Rachel and two friends - 2 days Steve - 2 days Melvin and Jolin - 2 days Antonio - 1 day Roger and Olina - 2 days MyungGyu - 2 days Sergei and Katya - 1 day Lucy - 3 days Sammi - 2 days Jen - 1 day Alex - 3 days Erika - 7 days Carlota and friend - 1 day Nicole - 1 day Zoe - 2 days Roxy - 4 days Cat - 2 days Saeed - 2 days Hosted in Washington DC (Friendship Heights) Shou - 2 days Medy - 1 day Oliver - 3 days (After he hosted me, I was able to host him!!)

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People I am GOING TO HOST (please check before requesting): (0 surfer planned)

# of surfers Arrival Date/Departure date/country flag

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People I SURFED with (42 times, 117 days): (Italics = sometimes when I surf with multiple people, not all of them have CSing profiles)

Andy - 1 day Ming - 3 days - Unhappy to say CSing lost this reference in the update. Oliver - 3 days Tora - 2 days Christian - surfed twice, 4 days + 3 days Danny - 2 days Martin - 3 days Sara - 3 days Trond - 3 days Linn - 1 day Juliette, Rudolf and Roy - 2 days Marielle - 3 days Salva - 2 days Gracia - 2 days Marta - 2 days Daniele - 2 days Agata hosted together with Barry - 4 days Youssef- - 2 days -Gilles - 1 day Carmen - 4 days Jianghong and Thomas - 2 days Patricia and Eunice (Malaysia) - 5 days Ang (Malaysia) - 1 day Toom- - 3 days -Diane, Carolina and Emma - 6 days Joey - 3 days Katherine - 4 days Fan - 2 days Hui - 4 days Sophie (aka Mango (aka Yuan)) - 5 days Amanda - 4 days Sully - 3 days Dennis - 7 days Faruk - 2 days Ghazwan - 1 day Mahmut hosted together with Melis, a travel buddy - 2 days Celim - 2 days Abbas - 1 day Armagan hosted together with Melis, a travel buddy - 2 days Michael - 1 day Steven - 3 days Greg - 2 days

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Some memorable people I met include 49 people:

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KEY:

Bold = people who came to one or both of the CSing parties I hosted at my apartment in Portland Maine Italics = Friends through University, or was a room mate. CAPS: I spent a great deal of time with and/or know very well and/or are good friends with.

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JOHANNA, KARL, PAULINE, Adam, Rose, Jared, Yuksak, MARIA, Ali, Amanda, Casey, Hwei Ling Ng, Jake, Alissa, Marouane, Camilo(Australia), Mohammed, JOLENE (Malaysia), Nikki, Ben, Jinpeng Lu, Karina, Ting, Chia-Hsyu Lee, Alice Zhao, Jaye Kang, CARRIE, Barry, Heidi, Fyn Ng, Ariel.L, Melissa, Michael and his friend, GUNJAN, SONNY, BENEDIKT, MELIS, Duygu, Cavit, Zeynep, CLARA, YUKARI, Eddersumme, Claire, Hyeonji Lim , Dan, Sharon , Ravi , Autumn , Svetlana

I like stats so:

couchsurfing SURFERS by country (*by person, not by experience):

Germany - 13 USA - 12 China - 7 France - 5 Hong Kong - 4 England - 3 Korea - 3 Iran - 2 Canada - 2 Spain - 2 Russia - 2 Nepal - 1 Israel - 1 Switzerland - 1 Brazil - 1 Lithuania - 1 Mexico - 1 Australia - 1 South Africa - 1 Italy - 1 Netherlands - 1 Slovakia - 1 Czech Republic - 1 Vietnam - 1 Romania - 1 Phillipines - 1

hosted 70 people. (*sometimes multiple people for one experience)

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couchsurfing SURFERS AND HOSTS* (COMBINED), by gender

male 54 female 64

(*sometimes multiple people for one experience)

Interests

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Music, Movies & Books

Ask me when we meet!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Most recent: Ran to all 86 metros in the Metro DC area via interesting routes, starting from my place of residence/street, from 2 July - April 5, totaling nearly 800 miles (18.5 being the longest, to Franconia Springfield). In that span of time I did "non metro" runs too, but this was my primary focus and one I am so happy to be done with. It was memorable and fun.

Otherwise, Icebreaker upon meeting.

Teach, Learn, Share

we shall see!

Countries I've Visited

Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

China, Colombia, France, United States

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