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Against the tyranny of geography! And currently hanging out in Germany.
We look like normal people, but we're nerds. We lay our highlighted copies of The Economist and Foreign Policy inconspicuously under our Playboy subscription. We rock it at parties, but somehow find our way into heated, drunken debates about "the universe". We dress well, but we'd wear pocket protectors if ubiquitous laptops hadn't replaced our pens and paper. We always look good in pictures -- we're studs with Photoshop.
And nothing rocks my world more than an awesome, personalized couch request.
Other people have said it best...
"The chief part of human happiness arises from the consciousness of being beloved." -Adam Smith
"This guy's walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, 'Hey, you, can you help me out?' The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole. Can you help me out?' The priest writes a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. 'Hey, Joe, it's me. Can you help me out?' And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, 'Are you nuts? Now we're both down here.' The friend says, 'Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out.'" -Aaron Sorkin
"It is the same with our past. It is a waste of effort for us to try to summon it, all the exertions of our intelligence are useless. The past is hidden outside the realm of our intelligence and beyond its reach, in some material object (in the sensation that this material object would give us) which we do not suspect. It depends on chance whether we encounter this object before we die, or do not encounter it." -Marcel Proust
"The most terrifying thing about the Universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light." -Stanley Kubrick
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I host, surf, and go to Revival. And I always make time to get to know my CouchSurfers. I cannot stress this point enough: this wonderful community is not a hotel alternative. If I accept your request, it is because I feel that we have something to offer each other in friendship. The futon in my living room is not just a free couch (although it is, in fact, free). If that is all you want, then you are reading the wrong profile.
My close friend from college, Andy Guess, once hosted a guy from Budapest, Hungary. He was awesome. His name was Attila Demko. We called him Attila the Hun, natch. So that was my first time meeting a CouchSurfer. Eternal thanks to Andy and Attila!
Since then, I have hosted:
-Malte Roed Lunden from Copenhagen, Denmark
-Andy Guess from Washington, DC
-Nicolas Blarel from Paris, France
-Elana Orenbuch from Brooklyn, NY
-Julia Kovadloff from Buenos Aires, Argentina
-Victor Miguel from Brussels, Belgium
-Darius Hassan Moeini from Teheran, Iran
-Ann-Sophie Briest and her sister Charlotte from Hamburg, Germany
and surfed with:
-Juan Ortiz in Cordoba, Argentina (who was my first ever CS host and is really the person most responsible for my subsequent involvement in CS -- muchissimas gracias!)
-Jeffrey Adrian Platts in Washington DC
...and met up for drinks with many, many more of you!
I am interested in beets and beet salad, tuna ceviche, tuna tartare, tuna carpaccio, seared tuna, all kinds of other tuna except canned, Gewurtztraminer and Auslese wines, Miklos Gaal, Slavoj Zizek, macadamias, Mojitos, Indonesian cuisine, Cockney accents, behavioral economics, French musicals (Les Dix Commandements, Notre Dame de Paris, Le Roi Soleil, Cleopatre, etc), LOLcats, Higgs bosons, Star Wars, and tango. Bonus points if you know how to lead a dance.
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: Not emo. A lot of classical. Then a mix of hip hop, reggaeton, the aforementioned French musicals, Xavier Naidoo, Noir Desir, Tryo, Radiohead, Jacques Brel...
Movies: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Before Sunset, Das Leben Den Anderen (The Lives of Others), Paris Je T'Aime, Eastern Promises, The 25th Hour, Osmosis Jones, The English Patient, L'Auberge Espagnole, My Summer of Love, Schindler's List, Full Metal Jacket, Les Innocents (The Dreamers), American History X, Immortal Beloved, Unfaithful, Le Diner de Cons, The Way We Were, Cinema Paradiso, Fast and the Furious, Clueless, Devil's Advocate, Sleeping Beauty, Lion King, Adaptation, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Interview with the Vampire, Waking Life, Star Wars of course, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Howard the Duck, Usual Suspects...
Books: Lolita, Anna Karenina, All Quiet on the Western Front, Catch 22, Waiting for Godot, Grapes of Wrath, Persepolis, Middlesex, 1984, Flatland, Hyperspace, Ender's Game, Death in Venice, Notes from the Undergroud, Myst Trilogy, The Elegant Universe, The Future of an Illusion, Civilization and Its Discontents, The Long Tail, The Undercover Economist. I'm reading Moby Dick about a page at a time. I genuinely love it, but it's slow going. I'll be done when I'm 40.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Lots. Like that one time my brother ran away to join his rock band buddies to defend Moscow's White House against the communists during the August coup of '91. He was kind of a hero. Anyway, we'll talk about it.
Teach, Learn, Share
Don't think about CouchSurfing as hoteling on the cheap. If all you're looking to do is pinch a few pennies, you're in the wrong scene. This is about engaging the local culture, meeting its people, experiencing its lifestyle, and partying in its playpens. In other words: travel, not tourism.
So welcome to the cult. This one won't ask you to give your life -- just share it! :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, Russian Federation, United States