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Just married this past summer! My wife and I are excited about hosting CSers!
Please note that I live 90 minutes from the center of Guangzhou (about 150min from the GZ airport), 60-80 minutes (by coach from Shenzhen), and a 90 minute ferry from (Hong Kong). I'm a great stop if you're transiting between any of these 3 places (please see map under "Photos of My Home").
For a much better version (pre-massive CS overhaul) of my CS profile, see here:
To Explore, Learn, and Serve
Last year I was featured in the Shenzhen Daily talking about my CS experience. Check out the article here:
I'm teaching math at an international school in the Nansha District of Guangzhou since 2013.
In 2011, I moved back to Raleigh, North Carolina (USA) after 3 years teaching math at an American school in Fez, Morocco (since 2008).
I have an affinity for maps--maybe you could bring a free map from your country, city, state, or transit system!
To explore, learn, and ultimately to serve.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
On 25 occasions now I've visited surfers that I hosted first in Fez, Morocco, Raleigh, NC or Guangzhou, China! It's amazing to be both host and guest, deepen friendships, meet families, and experience the other persons' home culture and cuisine!
I've enjoyed hosting surfers Fez, Morocco and Raleigh, North Carolina (USA) and now I'm trying to keep it up in here in Guangzhou!
Possibly we could cook a meal together from your country or region. I would love to learn about your part of the world and how you live life.
I've hosted guests from:
Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, United States, Canada, Spain, Sweden, France, Italy, Argentina, Germany, Belgium, Finland, Turkey, England, Brazil, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Morocco, Switzerland, Slovenia, Mexico, Denmark, Chile, Tunisia, Lithuania, South Korea, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Greece, Israel, Russia, Montenegro, Nepal, Columbia, Serbia, Croatia, Estonia, Belarus, Slovakia, New Zealand, Uzbekistan, China, Peru, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and Iran.
I've couchsurfed in:
Morocco: Marrakech (twice); Ouaouizarht, Tighassiline* Casablanca*, Tarodant, Rabat, Tangier, Fez, Salé
Portugal: Lisbon |
France: Annemasse, Perpignan, Paris |
Spain: Capliliera, Madrid* (thrice), Barcelona* |
Romania: Bucharest |
Belgium: Leuven* |
Italy: Padova, Mezzago*, Bologna* (twice), Florence, Rome |
Slovenia: Lyubljana*, Maribor* |
Germany: Berlin* (twice), Mainz*, Münster*, Essen, Munich |
The Netherlands: Nijmegen |
Hungary: Budapest |
Austria: Vienna, Außervillgraten*, Salzburg |
Czech Republic: Prague |
Poland: Warsaw* |
Serbia: Belgrade, Niš |
Croatia: Dubrovnik |
Montenegro: Heceg Novi* |
Greece: Thessaloniki |
Iceland: Reykjavik |
Wales: Cardiff |
England: London |
Turkey: Istanbul, Konya, Diyarbakir*, Edirne* |
Guangdong: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai |
Guanxi: Nanning, Yulin |
Shanghai: Shanghai |
Hainan: Haikou |
Xinjiang: Urumqi |
Heilongjiang: Heihe, Harbin |
Indonesia: Jakarta, Yogyakarta |
Hong Kong: Sheung Wan, Tai Wai, Kowloon Bay, Kennedy Town, Tsuen Wan, North Point |
Vietnam: Hanoi |
Thailand: Bangkok (twice) |
Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur |
Singapore: Mountbatten |
Myanmar: Yangon |
Ontario: Toronto |
Québec: Montréal |
British Colombia: Vancouver, Sun Peaks, Revelstoke |
Rhode Island: Providence |
North Carolina: Raleigh |
District of Columbia: Washington (thrice) |
Texas: Austin* |
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pittsburg |
Missouri: St Louis |
Colorado: Denver, Leadville, Niwot |
Oregon: Madras*, Portland |
South Dakota: Rapid City |
Illinois: Chicago (twice) |
South Carolina: Charleston |
California: San José*, San Francisco |
Perú: Lima, Iquitos, Cusco |
Colombia: Leticia, Bogota, Medellin, Pasto |
Ecuador: Quito, Cuenca |
New South Wales: Sydney, Bega |
Victoria: Bairnesdale, Melbourne, Nullawarre, Panmure |
Australia Capital Territory (ACT): Canberra |
*Surfing with CSers I first hosted or met in Fez, Morocco or Raleigh, North Carolina, USA! :)
Hosting CS guests, walkable and well planned cities, exploring the Pearl River Delta, dim sum, Berlin, Turkey, GOOD public transportation, city parks, cooking, transit system design, greenways, history, politics, hospitality, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains, backpacking, reading, Istanbul, hiking, biking, soccer, British Columbia, maps, meatballs, social justice issues, microbreweries, everything pumpkin (cheesecake, pie, ale, couscous, cake), road trips, traveling
Music, Movies, and Books
Bands I'm Listening to These Days:
The Kopecky Family Band, Tiny Ruins, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Brett Dennen, The Cottars, Amos Lee, The Decemberists, Levi Smith, James Vincent McMorrow, Great Big Sea, The Civil Wars, Sufjan Stevens, Dispatch, Carbon Leaf, Nickel Creek, Jack Johnson, Guster, Robbie Seay Band, Derek Webb, Sweet Colleens, Damien Rice, Old School Freight Train, Sara Watkins, South Austin Jug Band, The Welcome Wagon, Chris Thile, The Punch Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Crooked Still, Chatham County Line, Sarah Jarosz, Darrell Scott, Bobby Long, Band of Horses, Abigail Washburn
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
(Click on my legacy profile to see pictures to go with each of these captions.)
--Bungee Jumped for my Birthday at Baiyun Mountain in Guangzhou
--Hiked Up to Machu Picchu (entirely by local transport and hiking, not the train)
--Met Barack and Michelle Obama
--Grew up in on the side of mountain in Asheville, NC
--Lived with my real parents for 8 years, then in a foster home for 2 years, then with foster/adoptive parents for 8 years
--Swam with manatees in Florida
--Hiked fourteen 14ers (mountains over 14,000 feet--4,267m) in the Colorado Rockies
--Drove across the United States from Raleigh to San Francisco (7,000 miles--11,300km in 11 days)
--Spent 2 days hiking in a cave in Eastern Tennessee
--Stormed the field after a football win over Florida State (and helped bring down the field goal)
--Stormed the court after beating Duke in basketball (twice)
--Been to both North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon
--Seen Great Big Sea in concert
--Spent 2 weeks as crew of a Bahamian schooner in the Bahamas
--Climbed through Bishop's Castle in Colorado (one man has worked on this by himself, and by hand, since 1969 and he's still working...)
--Lived in DC for 2 summers
--I was born at home (not in a hospital)
--Learned my way through the labyrinth medina in Fes, Morocco
--Trekked for 2 weeks in the Sierra Nevadas in California
--Climbed the Rock of Gibraltar
--Ferried across the Strait of Gibraltar
--Hiked Jbel Toubkal (4067m--13,671ft): highest mountain in North Africa
--Ferried from Asia to Europe on the Bosphorus in Istanbul
--Bridge jumping on Prince Edward Island (Canada) and in Yosemite National Park
--Milked a cow in Moldova (Back in the former USSR!)
--Hitchhiked across Moldova
--Seen Nickel Creek in concert (and met them 3 times)
--Rode a camel into the Sahara (twice)
--Hitchhiked around southeastern Morocco to Figuig and rode in the back of a truck with a sheep!
--Hitchhiked around Italy and Slovenia
--Logged about 7,000 miles in 30 days on Greyhound buses in the US and Canada between North Carolina, Michigan, Quebec, New York, and Texas in summer 2010
--Shot off "Car-beet" (Slovenian...they weren't sure of an English translation...you know it's powerful when they tell you to light it with your mouth open or it will blow out your eardrums!)
--Hitchhiked around the south of Morocco from Merzouga, to Taroudant, to Agadir, to Sidi Ifni, to Gulmim, to Tiznit, to Essouaria, to Marrakesh, to Fes...more than 2,400km in 10 days!
--Ran the 2011 Marrakech half-marathon!
--Hitchhiked through the Northeastern part of Morocco and through the Rif Mountains: Fés, Taza, Guircif, Taourirt, Oujda, Saida, Nador, Al Hoceima, Targuist, Ketama, Fés
--Climbed the Eiffel Tower (and enjoyed some wine/cheese)
--I've attended weddings in both Turkey and Morocco.
--Hitchhiked across Bulgaria
--Walked across the borders from Macedonia (FYROM) to Greece, Greece to Turkey, Turkey to Bulgaria, Bulgaria to Serbia, Peru to Colombia (by little Amazon boat), Colombia to Brazil, Peru to Ecuador, Ecuador to Peru, China to Vietnam, and China to Hong Kong.
--Hitchhiked both the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the Golden Circle in Iceland!
--Transcontinental roadtrip from NC to BC exploring national parks in the West (this is a hike through the Oneonta Gorge, hiking through the creek, in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon)
Teach, Learn, Share
Some other areas that I have some knowledge (feel free to ask about them!): Brewing Beer (well, at least I brewed my first batch this fall -- Pumpkin Ale!) Teaching (I've taught high school math for 5 years); Math (I have both a bachelor's and master's degrees in math education); Living abroad (I lived in Fez, Morocco for 3 years); Asheville, NC (my hometown); Raleigh, NC (and the Triangle region: Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill--lived here since 2002 with a 3 year gap to Morocco); NC State University (my alma mater and for undergrad and grad school); the latest math education research especially focused on discourse and technology in the math classroom (thanks to my thesis); the mountains of Western North Carolina; Colorado's 14ers (I've climbed 14 of them); hiking Jbel Toubkal (highest mountain in North Africa); religious studies (I have a college minor in this); Christianity; driving across the US (I've done 2 coast to coast road trips); Morocco (especially how to get around, cultural norms, and what you should see in a short stay); cheap flights (RyanAir, EasyJet, WizzAir, SunExpress, and how to find them in the US); the Fes medina (after 10 months of exploring all the dead ends streets I finally got a handle on navigating the old city); US/Canadian/Moroccan/European geography (I love maps); hitchhiking in Morocco; Washington, DC (I lived there for 2 summers), Moroccan Airports (I've flown to or from Fes, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Tangier, and Nador), Moroccan buses, hitchhiking in Morocco, traveling in the Balkans (by HH, bus, guest houses, and CS)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Lots of stories of traveling Morocco, Europe, the US and Canada, South America, and Asia!
I can make a Moroccan Tagine, a carrot cake, a pumpkin cake (or pie), or a homemade macaroni and cheese.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, Morocco, United States