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  • 697 references 610 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, German, Italian; learning French, Greek (modern), Polish, Russian, Spanish
  • 60, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • European rail expert (retired from Rail Europe call cente...
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  • From Cleveland, OH, USA
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About Me


Able to host once I have vaccine (late March), happy to meetup - especially for a bike ride in the city or beyond (have spare bike).

Did 240 mi cycle ride w/ Evgeny from Ryazan (see personal references for how it went!)
Planning further adventures in Europe in May/June 2021 - rescheduled from 2020!


Been to nearly every European country (mostly by rail).
Love to explore, meet new people.
Enjoy a good laugh, home cooked food.

Had a number of excellent adventures with my good friend Tom (Citoyen du Monde), fellow surfer from Chicago. Also with several other former surfers in Europe (esp. Russia).


treat others w/ respect (and usually they'll return the favor!)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Hosted nearly 80 in 2019! have surfed both here and in Europe. Hosted quite a few really cool people in 2019 (see the references below!).


have stayed w/ people from many European countries, and hosted folks from all over the world - always interesting and a great way to make new friends
Officially CS'd now both here and in Europe (mostly France).


outdoors (hiking, cycling, skiing, swimming), checking out cities and nat'l parks, traveling (esp by rail),
relaxing a bit, helping others, trains, music

  • dining
  • traveling
  • music
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • languages
  • parks

Music, Movies, and Books

playing piano, accordion, the Bible, Lonely Planet guides, daily newspaper (Chicago Tribune)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I'm full of stories, etc., esp travel related, just have to get me going... Hosted over 1,000 surfers!

Teach, Learn, Share

Speak a number of foreign languages, happy to share about European rail travel (you'll see my name in the credits of Frommers Europe by Rail). Been to every country on European mainland except Kosovo, also Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Extensive knowledge of local, USA and European rail operations

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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