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Overview

  • 1 Reference 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • 26, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Teacher and blogger
  • Bachelor's degree from Boston College
  • From Charlotte
  • Profile 85% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Tattoo'd on my right rib cage are the words "Aprovecha la vida, abraza la muerte:" Spanish for Seize life, embrace death. While I don't have a death wish, I certainly know the clock is ticking, and I view every day as a chance to seize an opportunity!

ABOUT ME

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, studied in Boston Massachusetts and Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain, and now currently live in Seoul, South Korea. Ironically change, especially change of scenery, has been one of the strongest and most consistent elements of my life. All of that moving around has made me really appreciate different cultures: from the languages and dialects that others speak, to the different foods, religious beliefs, and any other defining qualities they may have. With that being said, I wouldn't describe myself as much of a traveler. When I go to a new place, I much prefer to live there and really immerse myself in the culture than be there as a tourist. I want to LIVE in as many different countries as possible throughout my life because I think that different cultures can teach us a lot about the way we approach challenges in life, and how best we can relate to one another. In this way, I'm hoping I will have a lot of learning opportunities ahead of me!

PHILOSOPHY

Seize life, embrace death. Ultimately, regardless of jobs, money, friends and even to some extent, family, my goal in life is simply to be the best human being I can be-- to try to develop myself as much as possible and continue growing each day.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

A bit new to this, but am looking to surf and host a bit when possible.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Everywhere I traveled in Europe I couch surfed with the the help of college friends or old acquaintances. I think even more valuable than having a free place to stay is having someone knowledgable to give you tips and pointers of what to see and do in the area.

Interests

I love learning new things. I'm extremely curious about life in general and try to learn new things, whether it be a new language, a new recipe, or some other skill, whenever I can.

  • culture
  • skydiving
  • dialects
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Books: Man's Search for Meaning, The Kite Runner, Freakonomics, The Tipping Point, Blink.

Music: Love Brazilian music, esp. Bossa Nova. But generally I listen to just about everything.

Movies: V for Vendetta, Jiro Dreams of Sushi

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Skydiving by myself without telling anyone I was going!

Countries I’ve Visited

Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Philippines

Countries I’ve Lived In

South Korea, Spain

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