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Overview

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  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Student
  • Texas State University
  • From Houston, TX, USA
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About Me

Traveling July 23-August 30

CURRENT MISSION

It is difficult for me to define my current mission when I feel like I am still searching for my own individual identity. I suppose my objective is the impossible task of understanding the world and my own space within it. I look forward to having fun and meeting interesting people along the way.

ABOUT ME

I am still figuring this out, but I will try to describe myself:
Although contradictory, I try to focus on my commonalities with people, because I believe the world has enough forces that highlight divisions; however, I think it is also a great piece of human nature to recognize what makes each individual unique.
I view myself as a kind, humorous, and moderately intelligent person. I study social history academically, which makes me very interested in learning about other cultures, especially collective memories and myths. I can be very sarcastic, but I try to ‘dial it down’ while on holiday, because I understand it does not always translate with a language barrier. Unfortunately, growing up in Texas, I was only taught English, which gave me a late start on learning new languages. I wish that I spoke other languages and I try to learn in my free time, but I can only really communicate in English at this point.
Just as with my lack of linguistic skill, I am also a ‘stereotypical-American’ when it comes to my diet. I grew up on red meat and living in a college town, I have remained a very picky and unhealthy eater. This is an area that I am also working on; however, the resources available while travelling often make this area of self-growth difficult.

In general, I equally enjoy hanging out in a bar, going to a museum, or sharing stories over wine.

PHILOSOPHY

This may not necessarily be a ‘philosophy,’ but it is a quote that I really like.

“We don't want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful. But we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls, has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in; machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity, more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities life will be violent and all will be lost.”

-Charlie Chaplin in 'The Great Dictator' (1940)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING.

A friend told me about it when I was traveling. It seemed like a great way to meet people and save money. I have not participated much in Couchsurfing, but I recently began going to events hosted by my local Couchsurfers group.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I am relatively new to Couchsurfing. I have surfed a few couches and hosted, but generally with friends rather than meeting people from Couchsurfing.com. I look forward to becoming more involved with the Couchsurfing community!

Interests

History, soccer (football), sports, culture, philosophy, beer, wine, live music, story-telling, laughing

  • culture
  • dining
  • wine
  • beer
  • dieting
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • music
  • live music
  • sports
  • soccer
  • history
  • languages
  • tourism

Music, Movies, and Books

The list is far too long. I like a broad-range of music and movies and usually read non-fiction books.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I would be happy to trade stories if you are interested.

Teach, Learn, Share

I would be happy trying to help anyone learning English.
If we are in Texas and I have time, I can serve as a pretty good tour guide.
If you are interested in anything else, let me know!

What I Can Share with Hosts

Food, beer, wine, laughs.
I will always try to leave small gifts, but it would depend on what the hosts interests were. I would be happy buing food or beer as well.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guam, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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