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Gabriel Githens

Washington, DC, United States

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Overview

  • 41 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • technologist
  • AB Economics Duke University '04, bo...
  • From Reading, PA USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

seek to understand

ABOUT ME

a kind and passionate soul exploring the world for understanding, peace and love. frequently seen at live music venues, breweries and cruising around DC on my bicycle.

PHILOSOPHY

challenge your beliefs and respect differences.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

attend events, share smiles

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

it all began one humid afternoon in a dusty internet cafe in malaysia, when farah contacted me and offered a guided tour of melaka. i graciously accepted...

then, milah let me stay in her hostel in kota kinabalu while debbie put me on a brilliant rafting trip just outside of kk.

after that introduction i just couldn't stop......

Interests

life, and its inherent strikes and gutters.......

wandering into the forest, chatting with genuine people,
reading literature & periodicals
listening to and critiquing music, improving my guitar skills
eating delicious food, learning how to make aforementioned 'delicious food'
watching college basketball, shooting hoops & playing a bit of footie
keeping abreast of global issues, mainly humanitarian and political
figuring out how to make a positive impact on planet earth

Music, Movies & Books

Films:
The Big Lebowski, Withnail and I, American Beauty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Wes Anderson Films, Caddy Shack, Ghostbusters, Mononoke-Hime

Music:
Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk
Favorite groups/musicians-> Phish, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Fela Kuti, Antibalas, The Bees, Real Estate, Dr. Dog, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Funky Meters, Chuck Berry, Jorge Ben Jor, The Dears, Velvet Underground, The Bamboos, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings!!!!!

Books:
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole, Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami, A People's History of the US - Howard Zinn, Catch 22 - Joseph Heller, Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

One Amazing Thing I've Done

engaged in a mikoshi (portable shrine) street fight in toyohashi, japan. no one was seriously injured, but all members were most certainly intoxicated.

Teach, Learn, Share

in terms of practical knowledge, i can explain a few economic theories (boring) in layman's terms, as well as teach beginning guitar players a few tricks.

What I Can Share With Hosts

a lovely conversation, a home-cooked meal, morning coffee or tea

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Belize, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Viet Nam

Countries I've Lived In

Japan, New Zealand, United States

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