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-Improve Spanish comprehension and speaking.
-Improve at djembe/bongo/ukelele/guitar/singing.
-Improve at salsa, bachata, hip-hop dancing.
Friendly, outgoing, love to travel, make people laugh, make new friends, and experience new things. I work in the US in tech (previously finance) full time. I volunteer coach youth basketball. ISTP. Social introvert. I like people who write good CS requests ;)
IF YOU SEND ME A REQUEST, include the following in your request:
1) "I read your profile, including the 'My Home' section." If you do not say this exact "password", I will reject your request, and may not write any reason. The reason is right here ;)
2) "I would like to surf with you starting on [date, time] until [date, time]." If you are flexible, then tell me that. The more detail, the better.
3) If you have fewer than 5 reviews, explain to me why that is the case. My roommates and I want to make sure, best we can, we are only accepting trustworthy, responsible, cool people :)
Feel free to keep your initial request brief. Due to the huge volume of requests we get in NYC, unfortunately, chances are I will not be able to accept you. So I don't want you to spend a ton of time in your initial request to me. If your logistics work for me, then we can work on starting up a more meaningful conversation! Please include the info above and we can take it from there!
I would like to get to know anyone who surfs with me. If I accept you, then I will be expecting to spend time with you, give you tips, show you around, etc. Hopefully all of my surfers truly understand that CS is not just about a free place to stay -- that is actually only a small part of it. Actually I don't view CS as 'free' for myself, since when I surf elsewhere, I typically give in gifts about what it costs to stay in a hostel in the area to show my appreciation. I do think the polite and right thing to do is show your appreciation in this way at minimum.
How to be a good CS guest? Ask yourself, why does my host like to host CouchSurfers? If you think it is just to give a stranger free accommodation, I'd bet you are wrong about that!
The info above is what you should include in all of your requests, not just to me. So feel free to copy paste the above info into all of the requests you ever send out on CouchSurfing!
Hmm... how about instead I leave you with a series of my favorite quotes:
"When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take - choose the bolder." ~ Field Marshal William Joseph Slim
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." ~ Benjamin Franklin
"Your success lies hidden in your daily routine."
"If you keep too busy learning the tricks of the trade, you may never learn the trade." ~ John Wooden
"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." ~ Jim Rohn
"Your actions are so loud, I can't hear what you say."
"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps." ~ Confucius
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I love to travel, and I attend and organize CS NYC events. As of November 2017, I host in NYC! I live with 2 other CouchSurfers in NYC.
I've been an active member of the CS community since 2012, at first mostly only hosting events and surfing elsewhere, and more recently hosting travelers in NYC!
travel, food (mostly eating/food adventures, a little bit of cooking I suppose), watching/playing/coaching basketball, photography, physical activity (incl juggling, slacklining, etc.), photography, skill building, exploration, appreciating beauty of all kind, having fun, music, playing percussion!
I'm happy to help you plan your time in NY, as there is sooooo much to do! Tourist stuff is good, and as always local recommendation can make a huge difference and make your trip great! Even if I don't host you, I am a rarity in that I'm a CouchSurfer who is born, raised, and still lives in NY :p. I have plenty of recommendations!
I love meeting other travelers, and generally, open-minded, reasonable, witty, good-natured people.
If you think we are a good match, please write me a personal request.
Music, Movies, and Books
I read non-fiction. Fiction tends to not hold my attention! I'm more likely to read a Wikipedia page or a textbook than I am to read a book (or watch a movie, for that matter). I don't agree with those who think this is a shame (eye roll to those who assume what is good for them must be good for others)!
Some fiction I have watched... Breaking Bad and I loved it. I've also seen and enjoyed a few seasons of Mad Men, the Sopranos. I enjoy an episode of HIMYM, Archer, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Family Guy every once in a while. House of Cards is another good one. In general I get much more out of something that I can do/feel than see/read. One of the many reasons I love traveling!
I have the best Spotify playlists you'll ever see. I ilke hip hop, 70s Rock, Jazz, Deep House, Drum & Bass, and Funk and more...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (Machame route), safari'd through the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara (and almost was eaten by hyenas in the process... be careful not to get caught up in stargazing and accidentally fall asleep outside of your tent!), volunteered as an English teacher in Morocco (Rabat) and Tanzania (Arusha), been to the Great Wall of China, Manuel Antonio beach in Costa Rica, and just about every big tourist attraction in NYC (Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Niagara Falls)... to name a few! Munich Oktoberfest, Prague, and Amsterdam in 2013. Victoria Falls in 2013. Machu Picchu and Salkantay Mountain in 2014. I study Spanish and I am intent on visiting South America more frequently to practice the language. 2015 New Years visited ancient temples in Bagan and Inle Lake, Myanmar.
Please see: http://drewstanzaniatrip.blogspot.com/ for more on my trip to Tanzania, if you are interested!
Teach, Learn, Share
Starting a "Random things to know about New York" section here:
-Try not to take the subway weekdays between 7:45-9 AM, unless you want a true "NYC at rush hour" subway experience ;)
-Use the MTA's Trip Planner service (google the term) for the only accurate source of subway/bus travel in NYC. Other services (like Google Maps, etc.) do not account for all service changes. Weekend service in NYC can be difficult if you do not reference Trip Planner.
-Your Metrocard works on the Roosevelt Island Tram (leaves Manhattan from E60th street). Take it for cool and unique view of Manhattan, especially at night. And speaking of cool and unique, Roosevelt Island is not quite like any other part of Manhattan! Once on the island you can walk to the lighthouse.
-Your Metrocard will allow you 1 free transfer from subway to bus within a certain timespan.
-Your 1-week unlimited Metro Card can be used once every 18 minutes. So it is not possible to share it with a friend with whom you are traveling, really.
-One of my favorite things to do is start around 225th street in Manhattan and then walk the entire island of Manhattan to the South Street Seaport or the Staten Island Ferry terminal. It's about 11 miles and, with stopping, will take about 8 hours. One of the many reasons I like it is because you get to see how quickly the "personality" of NYC changes, how different each neighborhood is.
-Go to karaoke in K-town. Renting a private booth is kinda expensive (maybe $25 for 2 hours, roughly, per person) and you need a larger group (5+ people) to do it but still fun. You can also go to a place with more "public" karaoke for much cheaper.
-For classic view of NYC, go to DUMBO under the Brooklyn Bridge. Spend a full evening here, and get pizza at Juliana's at some point. Expect a line, and expect it to be worth your wait ;) Maybe try going at an odd time like 4:00 for shorter line. Make sure you go both northeast and southwest side of the bridge on the Brooklyn side. Good views exist all the way throughout. Over summers you can go to free kayaking here, also you can pay for skating at the Pier 2 Roller Rink, or play basketball/soccer for free nearby.
-Saturdays and Sundays in Central Park over summer (from May/June until September) starting around 4:00 PM near Bethesda Terrace (72nd Street) go to picnic in Sheep Meadow, visit the volleyball courts (with very competitive play) next to Sheep Meadow, roller blading and skating disco, djembe drum circle, and just wander around. Drinking is not technically legal in public in NYC, but it is common people will have a concealed bottle of wine or some beer. If nobody can see the label, then you shouldn't get in any trouble.
-Most things in Chinatown :)
-Halal Guys around 53rd and 6th (expect to wait 10-30 mins on line, and beware of the red sauce, it is HOT! But feel free to try some, just not too much!).
-Tal Bagels (multiple locations around Upper East Side)
-Ess-a-bagel (Midtown East)
-Eisenberg's Sandwich for a reuben... Flatiron
Standard Price Eats:
-Get a group together for Hot Pot and Hometown Hot Pot and BBQ (they also have Korean BBQ here). About $30-35
Easy tour of the Upper East Side:
1) Start at John Jay Park on 77th and as far east as you can go. Cool little park. If you want food use Yelp, there's a cafe with a lot of good reviews
2) Walk North to Carl Shurz Park. Gracie Mansion is here, where the mayor lives. This is one of my favorite spots in the city, this park. Check out the dog run too.
3) Walk West along 86th street. It's a major street with some cool NY eats like Tal Bagels, Shake Shack, etc.
4) Walk to roughly 97th and 5th. It's where the railroad that services Connecticut and Westchester County (suburb to the north of NYC) goes underground. It's a cool and unique view. Earl's Beer and Cheese is a good local restaurant/bar there.
Random notes is that my fav pizza place is Nick's Pizza on 94th and 2nd. Very casual. They don't do slices but their pizza pies are amazing, brick oven style, different from when you just order a slice. Their other food is good too.
The part of Central Park north of 100th street is less-traveled and really different from other parts of the park, especially over Springtime when the Central Park Flower Conservatory is in full bloom. I'd recommend wandering around there.
From Laguardia Airport, if you are staying in Manhattan, I highly recommend the shuttle bus "Newark Airport Express" which drops you in Manhattan near Grand Central Station (42nd street and Park Ave). For JFK Airport service to Manhattan, the Airtrain and Subway work well.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Groceries, stories, good company, a friend in NY, gratitude, photography help, basketball expertise, and more!
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Grenada, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In