Derek Leist

College Station, TX, USA

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About Me


Love life and enjoy the adventure every day.


I enjoy being around family & loved ones, trying new things, and meeting new people! Over the past two years, I've sang for 3 Presidents and met Chuck Norris & the Queen of England; spotted white rhinos on safari in Pilaneberg; hitchiked to Paris; and slept in my fair share of European metro stations. If you want to learn more about me check out my bog!


I am very open to cultural exchanges and trying new things. Personal philosophy, would probably best be summed up by TE Lawrence, Gandhi, and Einstein:

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible."
- T.E. Lawrence

"Be the change you want to see in this world."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
- Albert Einstein

Live & Let Love

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Brussels Couchsurfing events were the BEST!


The people I have met through Couchsurfing and traveling have all been outstanding. I have learning about languages and cultures!


-Languages: Familiar with German and Spanish. Conversational in French.
-Sports: especially Basketball and Rugby
-Hanging out with Friends
-Traveling and meeting new people
-Reading a good book
-Trying a new beer

Music, Movies, and Books

The Moral Landscape; Guns, Germs, and Steel; Ender's Game; Postwar; Freakonomics; The World is Flat; The Tao of Pooh; Hero: The Life and Legend of TE Lawrence; From Eternity to Here; Blink

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I don't think there is really only one 'most amazing' thing that I have ever done...I once hiked about 11 miles up through the Rocky Mountains with my parents. When we reached the top, the peaceful valley below and cool mountain air was probably the most relaxing, beautiful thing that I have ever seen...Also met the Queen of England once

I have also met the Queen of England and Chuck Norris...

Countries I’ve Visited

France, Ireland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Belgium, United Kingdom, United States

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