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Ian Montgomery

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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  • 18 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, Spanish; learning Chinese, Latin, Turkish
  • 24, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Trekking guide
  • Public education, Wikipedia, and 23 ...
  • From Nashville, TN, US of A
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

Hi! I'm Ian.

College student studying International Relations, Asian Studies, French, and anything else that happens to interest me along the way. Which is a lot.

I am every bit absurd as the world around me. With that in mind, I find life is in no short supply of things to laugh at--a fact which suits me quite well since laughing is one of my preferred activities.

I was raised in the city but came of my own in the woods, where my independence grew tall as the trees who fostered it. I'm just as at home sleeping on the ground as in feather bed, but I will concede that the latter is considerably more comfortable.

I am an avid environmentalist. I am creating my own language. And the closest thing I have to a religious figure is Mark Twain.

All that said, nothing in the world impassions me quite like the humanity which inhabits it.

But let's leave some to talk about in person, ok?


Accidents happen: ergo existence. Might as well give it a go then, eh?

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


Every way I can! All are welcome!


Overwhelmingly positive :)


The outdoors, history, politics, languages, theater, whistling, and wit. A list I'm eager to expand upon.

Music, Movies & Books

Three's the number.

Music: The Zombies, Daft Punk, and Claude Debussy. Also, the traditional music of just about anywhere.

Movies: The Original Star Wars Trilogy, the works of both Hayao Miyazaki and Wes Anderson.

Authors: Mark Twain, Tim O'Brien, and Gaius Valerius Catullus.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

My friend and I were hiking in the Alps of his native Switzerland, passing through a valley whose peaks rebelled sharply against gravity and whose unending contours stretched for miles in defiance of the horizon. Each breathtaking vista made step-taking a formidable task, as I felt the need to look upon the landscape for as many eons as had formed it in order to fully grasp its majesty. And so our journey was a constant struggle between the foot and the eye: the one which ached to explore the land and the other which longed to comprehend it. Along a serrated ridge that cut a stark edge to infinity, we spied the most beautiful and most lonely little flower, whose deep purple hue was like no other present among the sparse vegetation and bare earth. We laid on our bellies to better admire its elegant form, which tended no more than two inches above the ground. For several moments we wondered in silence until my comrade piped up and remarked:

"It's kind of funny how around all this," he gestured toward the eminent mountains, and then back to the tiny flower, "we stop to look at this."

I chuckled in agreement and he continued, his gaze drifting out once more into the distance.

"But what's even funnier is to think how many more of these things are out there."

Teach, Learn, Share

I can share anything the universe has shared with me. This includes (but is certainly not limited to) a smattering of outdoor skills, playing the harmonica, and ridiculous historical anecdotes.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey

Countries I've Lived In

France, Guatemala, United States

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