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Overview

  • 14 references 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Russian, Tajik; learning Hindi, Persian (Farsi), Romanian, Russian, Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • No occupation listed
  • University Degree
  • From Delavan, WI, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

I want to live and work around the world

ABOUT ME

I am a laid-back guy who can get along with almost anyone. I seek extraordinary experiences and people. I can be very serious and goal-oriented, but I also like to party. I like to be around people.

PHILOSOPHY

Always do your best and don't spend money you don't have. If you do these two things, you will do well in life. On a more abstract level, I believe the whole world is a stage, and we are all actors. I try to put on a good show and tell an interesting story.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I can meet up for a drink, meal, or party. I have used the service to meet people in Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, and Poland before, and I hope to do that again. I have hosted several people in Tajikistan and DC, and really enjoyed it.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I met with some people in Ukraine, Turkey, Romania, and Poland through Couchsurfing and found the experience very rewarding. I hosted a number of people in Tajikistan and DC, and also enjoyed it. I look forward to meeting more people this way.

Interests

Soccer, Skiing, Tennis, Music-Concerts, Traveling, Ping Pong, Walking, Driving, Taking Pictures, Good Conversation, New Experiences

  • concerts
  • walking
  • partying
  • drinking
  • tv
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • skiing
  • soccer
  • tennis
  • table tennis
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Alternative Rock, Wes Anderson movies, Non-fiction books and the classics.

Music: Nirvana, Pixies, Built to Spill, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, Violent Femmes, Buckethead, Primus, Tool, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, R.E.M., The Whigs, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Bloc Party, Sublime, The Postal Service, Weezer, Felice Brothers, Two Gallants, Royksopp, Phantogram, Black Angels, the Thermals, Phish, Spoon, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, Ween, MGMT, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stoneage, Tenacious D, Iggy Pop, Dinosaur Jr, Cake, The Replacements, Pete Yorn, Talking Heads, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Chemical Brothers, Peter Bjorn and John, Paul Simon, The Band, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, The Kinks, Leon Russell, Neil Diamond, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley

Movies: Rushmore, The Big Lebowski, Groundhog Day, Rudy, Forrest Gump, The Life Aquatic, Old School, Desperado, The Professional, Blow, The Last Waltz, Wayne's World I and II, Dumb and Dumber, Office Space, Shawshank Redemption, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey, Captain Ron, Kingpin, Superbad, The Darjeeling Limited, Rolling Kansas, Burn After Reading, Choke, Wet Hot American Summer, Moonrise Kingdom, Visioneers, Luna Papa, City of God

Books: Moby Dick, 1984, How Soccer Explains the World, The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, Guns Germs and Steel, Balkan Ghosts, Eastward to Tartary, The Killing of Pablo Escobar

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I love anything to do with mountains. I have stayed in village huts and hiked on a glacier. I've ridden a donkey over a mountain.

Teach, Learn, Share

People who have traveled on a shoestring budget and accomplished more than I'm prepared to try. People who can't live a boring life, but who can appreciate silence and sitting around watching TV as well.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I can introduce you to other expats in town and show you around the city

Countries I’ve Visited

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan

Countries I’ve Lived In

Afghanistan, Romania, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, United States

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