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  • 131 references 102 Confirmed & Positive
  • Learning Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Nynorsk, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian, Welsh, Yue (Cantonese)
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Writer & Translator
  • Informal
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Meeting people drawn to the fine arts, languages or both. In your request, please state what we have in common.

I lived in Chicago from 2010–19, relocated to Hong Kong from 2019–22 and am traveling in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2022–23.

ABOUT ME

I love cultures, languages and music. My work involves all three. Nature has its place, but urban landscapes are better. English and German are my best languages, but I can function in French and Italian, and I fare moderately well in several others.

PHILOSOPHY

I strive to be helpful, whether in a small way or a big way. I know that good deeds are contagious.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Hosting or showing people around was easier in Chicago, but after relocating to Asia, hosting became more difficult as local apartments are generally small. Hosting you wherever I am when you find my page could work, but in any case, meet-ups are possible.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Lots of experience as a host in Chicago and some in Hong Kong, plus more while traveling. Limited experience as a surfer. Strong preference to host, not to be hosted. Already hosted surfers from:

Australia,
Brasil*,
Canada*,
Chile,
China* and Hong Kong*,
Côte d'Ivoire,
Czech Republic*,
Finland,
France*,
Germany*,
Hungary,
India*,
Indonesia*,
Japan*,
Kazakhstan,
Malaysia*,
México*,
the Netherlands*,
Nicaragua,
Norway,
Perú,
the Philippines*,
Russia*,
Singapore*,
Slovakia,
South Korea*,
Switzerland,
Taiwan*,
Thailand*,
Turkey*,
UK*,
USA*, and
Vietnam*

(* = multiple guests from this country)

Interests

Aesthetics,
agnosticism,
architecture,
art cinema,
badminton,
bike-riding,
board games,
bowling,
Cognac,
hiking,
history,
humour,
languages,
literature,
music,
painting,
philosophy,
Scotch,
swimming,
tennis,
trains,
travel,
vegetarianism, and
whiskey/whisky

  • arts
  • humanities
  • literature
  • architecture
  • design
  • graphic design
  • movies
  • board games
  • traveling
  • painting
  • coding
  • music
  • classical music
  • cycling
  • tennis
  • swimming
  • bowling
  • history
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Fiction is great, but I am also apt to peruse dictionaries and reference works. I have read books by K. Abe, Achebe, Akutagawa, J. Baldwin, Banville, Beckett, Bellow, J. Berger, Böll, Borges, Bradbury, Bulgakov, Burgess, Calvino, Camus, Cervantes, Coetzee, Conrad, Dagerman, Dazai, DeLillo, Diop, Döblin, Dostoyevsky, Endō, Erpenbeck, Fallada, Faulkner, Flaubert, Forster, Fuentes, Galgut, García Márquez, Gide, Goethe, Golding, Grass, Greene, Guo Xiaolu, Gurnah, Han Kang, Handke, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Hesse, Houellebecq, Hrabal, Huxley, Ishiguro, Joyce, Kadare, Kafka, Kawabata, Kertész, Kiš, Kundera, Lem, Leung Ping-kwan, Lispector, Mann, C. McCarthy, H. Miller, Mishima, Mo Yan, Modiano, T. Morrison, Murakami, I. Murdoch, Nabokov, Natsume, Pamuk, Proust, Pynchon, Robbe-Grillet, P. Roth, Sade, F. Sagan, Sanmao, Saramago, Sartre, G. Saunders, Sebald, Shakespeare, Sholokhov, Solzhenitsyn, Steinbeck, Swift, Tanizaki, Tóibín, Tokarczuk, Tomasi di Lampedusa, Tournier, Vonnegut, Vuong, B. Washington, Whitehead, Wilde, Woolf, Wu Ming-Yi, Yan Lianke, Yanagihara, Yu Hua, Zamyatin, Zola, and Zweig recently.

Beloved filmmakers include Akerman, Bergman, Bertolucci, Bresson, Ceylan, Costa, Diaz, Fassbinder, Godard, Greenaway, Haneke, Hong, Hou, Jarman, Jia, Kiarostami, Kieślowski, Kore-eda, Lee Chang-dong, Loach, Ozon, Pasolini, Resnais, Reygadas, Rivette, Tarkovsky, Tarr, von Trier, Truffaut, Tsai, Varda, Weerasethakul, and Yang.

I listen mostly to classical music from the past and from today, but sometimes pop music is perfect. Tindersticks is my favourite band.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Amazing? I am unsure. For me, what is most amazing is often what is simplest.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am good at absorbing languages, I have been told, and am able and willing to offer insight into the languages that I speak to varying degrees of fluency.

Also, with my background in musicology, I could gladly impart an appreciation for classical music.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Surfers have given compliments on generosity, knowledge of Chicago and Hong Kong (or wherever I may be!) and, of course, the comfort of the apartment.

Countries I’ve Visited

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macao, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Wales

Countries I’ve Lived In

Hong Kong, United States

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