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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

The Couchsurfing update killed all the HTML in my profile :(

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

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)

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

Bolivia, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Laos, 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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