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Dan Friedman

New York, NY, United States

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Overview

  • 96 Positive References3 Neutral
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • http://morethansalad.com
  • BA in Music from the Berklee College...
  • From Stamford, CT, USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To be a good person.

ABOUT ME

I love meeting people for coffee, drinks, or walks. I do actually host regularly, but I don't list myself as hosting so as to avoid thoughtless emails. Just write me a nice email that shows you read what I wrote. Have something in common with me. That's all I ask.I have lived in New York for 7 or 8 years now. I love it here and even though I love traveling and there are plenty of cities around the world where I'd want to live for a while, I will always miss New York when I am not here. I have a lot of books. I spend a lot of time reading them and reading the internet and absorbing things that interest me. I never feel like I have enough time to accomplish this. I also spend a lot of time on music, both listening to it and playing it. In the least few years I have also developed a strong interest in learning languages. I have been vegan for almost 9 years and I know almost everything about vegetarian restaurants in New York. I also run a website about vegetarian and vegan restaurants around the world, so if you're looking for good veggie meals, you have come to the right place!

PHILOSOPHY

Do the right thing. Be kind and generous and honest always. Give without expectation of reciprocation. Be grateful to people who give to you. Be amazed by the world and the people in it. Learn constantly.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I have been on Couchsurfing for a long time now. It is fair to say it has changed my life. I meet people when I travel and it always makes my trip better. I meet people in NYC and showing them my own view of NYC makes me glad to help and also gives me a better appreciation and a different view of my own city.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have hosted dozens of people, met up with dozens more both in my hometown and in any number of places I have traveled. Many who I have met through the site are now good friends who I see as often as our living and travel situations allow.

Interests

music, travel, languages, history, learning, reading, people, conversation, vegetarian and vegan food, ideas, vices, virtues, excitement, adventure, really wild things

Music, Movies & Books

i read a lot of non-fiction particularly history, but i'm pretty flexible and open to almost anything i hear is good. lately trying to read non-english books to improve my language skills. musical taste is extremely eclectic, but i'd say learning towards hard and classic rock. i do have a taste for jazz and blues as well stemming from my music school days. i tend to shun movies and tv a bit these days, mostly because there seems to be so much produced that is so meaningless. having said that, i like laughs so for tv and mindless entertainment i'm still partial to things like family guy and south park.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Picking one thing is always hard. I spent 6 months in China traveling around and it was a transformative experience in my life.

Teach, Learn, Share

I speak Chinese reasonably well and I can speak a little bit of many languages. I studied music and can play various instruments. I know a little about a lot of things. I believe there is something to be learned in almost any situation from almost any person.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

China, United States

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