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Bill Omalley

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Overview

  • 18 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Norwegian, Spanish
  • 68, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • retired school teacher/social worker
  • college graduate
  • From chicago
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

to balance travel with personal and human growth

ABOUT ME

i have lived and worked outside the usa for 10 years. i lived in norway for 4 years. i have also worked in australia, new zealand, ireland, england and mexico. for the past two and a half years ive been living in ireland and mexico, reffing and coaching basketball.i spent 10 years as a teacher and 10 years as a social worker. i think my next big trip will be to laos and vietnam to teach english in an orphanage or refugee camp. i have travelled all over the orient and a good part of s.e. asia. ive been to south america 3 times, everywhere except venezuela and columbia. lately have come to know central america, every country except nicaragua and belize.i like to read, especially literature in translation. i love dogs and, of course, this is felt and reciprocated. i love to meet thinking people. i guess i would like to think of myself as aware, passionate, but more importantly, compassionate.

PHILOSOPHY

never really thought about this question. ive found that words often take me away from the visceral certainty that i feel in my gut.i know everyone has a conscience and a spiritual presence.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

i am travelling at the moment. i have never stayed with or hosted anyone. this part of travelling is new to me and exciting.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

none at the moment. i heard of couchsurfing from an aussie traveller this summer in guanajuato, mexico.im almost certain you would find me to be an informed, experienced world traveller and as a result of this blessed opportunity to meet the world, an open minded, curious person and a respectful, considerate guest.

Interests

reading, sports, travel, dogs, children, teaching, coaching, food

Music, Movies & Books

southamerican and central european fiction, THE WHITE COUNTESS, cris cooper, john turturro julia ormand, dire straits, bruce cockburn, concrete blond, balkan music, middle eastern music and food, african music, some salsa, celtic, ken loach, lina wertmuller, knut faldbakken, agnar myckle

One Amazing Thing I've Done

walked across crete, iguazu falls, newfoundland, efasus, pompeii, keli mutu, 6 times in arctic region of norway, southern chile and its beautiful lake district, sagada in the phillipines. ill add more later.

Teach, Learn, Share

three great concepts. im wholly in favor of their spread.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Australia, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, United Kingdom, United States

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