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  • 8 References 5 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Armenian, Spanish
  • 32, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Law
  • Law school
  • From Oakland, CA, USA
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About Me


Live, experience, and make sure I've contributed some good before I leave.


I'm a human rights lawyer. My goal is to focus on protecting and promoting human rights so that everyone can live with dignity. (Talk about a lofty intro!)

"What are you thinking about?" - One of my favorite questions. Whatever the answer, it sparks conversations. I like to chat; it's the way to learn about someone and their culture. I'm interested in the world that we live in and how each person on Earth experiences a radically different world. I like beer. Or, at least I like chatting over a beer.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

The concept of Couchsurfing is amazing. The idea that people open up their homes and lives to each other is beautiful. How can someone not want to be involved? I've used Couchsurfing to connect with people from Turkey to Vietnam, enriching my travels and I hope enriching their lives too.


  • cats
  • culture
  • human rights
  • beer
  • vegetarian
  • politics
  • cycling
  • astronomy
  • law
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • religion

Music, Movies, and Books

Lord of the Rings, The Big Short, Terminator 2, The Martian, Pi, Hot Fuzz, Memento, Star wars (original), Hannah Arendt, Chicago, The Lives of Others.

Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Kurt Vonnegut, Steven Hawking.

Rock, classical (I'm just starting to learn the violin)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I've sued a country for being involved in kidnapping and torture of innocents. Professionally, it'll be hard to top that.

On a personal level, the most amazing thing I've done is go from a social skill-less elitist nerd to a happy warm charming* deep individual.

* At least my wife thinks I am :-)

Teach, Learn, Share

You are made of atoms. Atoms are mostly made of empty space. So are you mostly empty space? No! The space is not actually empty. In every bit of space there is some level of energy. From this energy millions of virtual particles are spawned and die in every fraction of a second. And while these are called "virtual" particles, they are very much real. So, no matter how "empty" something seems, it is very much "full".

What I Can Share with Hosts

Stories. I'm pretty sure I have an unusual life, born and raised in California yet living in El Salvador, India and Armenia. Doubly so since I still live in Armenia with my wife and two cats (I don't change where I'm living on CS since I'm verified, sorry).

And depending where I'm traveling from, some Armenian apricot moonshine may also come with me.

Countries I’ve Visited

Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Armenia, El Salvador, India, United States

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