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  • 173 references 115 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Romanian; learning German, Spanish
  • 42, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • living life and trying to do good
  • Bachelor's degree in Int'l Business; Masters degree in th...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To be as good and as natural of a human being as I can on this planet! ..maybe it sounds idealistic, but hey why shouldn't I try?

ABOUT ME

I joined CS in February 2009 and I couldn't be happier with my decision to join... Lately I have not been an active member due to new things in life but also because this site doesn't have the same feel as it once did. CS has gone from a project made great by the hard work of volunteers to a profit driven corporation making money for some people!!! The idea behind CS is awesome and it's a wonderful project whose sole purpose is to bring people together from all corners of the world. Now it brings money from all corners of the world to a few people through the volunteer work the rest of us do. I really don't agree with this, so I'm putting it at the top of my description! That's just how I feel.

When I initially joined this project I realized that there were a lot of people out there with their own agendas and motives for joining CS, but I for one really believed it was a worthwhile idea. I can only speak for myself, and I feel I'm sincere when I say that it's people helping people which will make life better for all of us on this planet.

I have been participating mostly as a host (though I used CS when I traveled to Spain in 2009 & Montreal in 2012). Of course I'd like to travel more and I'm sure one day I'll have more chances to do so, but until then I really enjoy meeting folks, hearing stories and making new connections.

A little more about me:
I'm currently working freelance on various projects throughout NYC. I design and build custom, specific objects and spaces for both indoors & outdoors; I'm a tennis instructor (I've been doing this since 2008); I do some IT work, mostly hardware related as well as network setups, etc); translations; and when I get the chance I write. I work for myself and believe me you simply can't beat that! I don't live to make money, I simply live to live life...
I did the 9-5 thing but it wasn't working for me. I mean I worked hard for it, but it wasn't giving back to me as much as I was putting in. I much prefer to make my own hours and be my own boss while doing work which I really enjoy! I've discovered that once you break the cycle of slaving for the system then you can really start being a more productive human being. I'm also a freegan -in the broader sense of the word, as I hate seeing waste and I strongly feel that we all need to stop throwing away so much stuff. As the saying goes 'one man's trash is another's treasure'... and you won't believe the amount of things I've been able to create from stuff others have tossed out. I also love plants and nature, have many household plants throughout my apartment and I also engage in composting natural food remains in my backyard to create better planting soil. A good friend once told me that I live an alternative lifestyle. I guess that's true.
Simply put I feel that we earthlings need to clean up our act and become more eco friendly. I do what I can.

Personally I've set myself to be more aware of the things which I leave behind and throughout the last few years I've resolved to consume less (not just in regards to food, but also materialistically); to relieve financial stress (because there's no need to end up in debt from buying all that crap they try to sell you); and to live daily within my means and with a smile on my face... I also don't have, nor watch, TV -actually I've been without a TV for about the past 6 years and boy do I feel free. I think everyone should live their own life and not watch someone else's on TV. Life is too short for all the drama and hype that surrounds us anyhow!!

Oh, and I have to mention this since a few people have already asked me why my age is listed as 101 in this profile. That's because I feel age is nothing more than a label which we slap on ourselves just as we slap labels on everything else in our lives. I feel I am at the age of learning, no matter how old I may get. Just as we have MATH 101 in school I feel I'm in LIFE 101 now... with each day being a new learning experience.

So, thank you for taking the time to view my profile, and if you're looking to surf, just let me know. I can't promise to host everyone who writes to me, but I'll do what I can for anyone out there (so long as I have the space and time).

PHILOSOPHY

I believe in Karma. Not because I read it somewhere, not because I'm part of some religious group that preaches it, and definitely not because I heard someone talk about it on TV. But simply because it's happened to me. What goes around DOES come around.
And because of the life experiences I've been through I've learned that there is simply one golden rule on this planet: Do to someone else exactly what you would like someone else to do to you!

And to add a little more, I do not believe in waste. I see it constantly each and every day how we humans make things only to discard them cheaply. Especially when living in a large city, this happens so often that we don't even notice it anymore. I truly believe that people should go back to their roots and live with Nature (even in cities), but we should not try to conquer Nature. Embrace technology and all the advancements which we have achieved, but that does not give us the right to use technology to rip apart this planet for the sole sake of profits and financial growth. We're all in this together. When one person suffers we all suffer.

And lastly I'd like to add that I strongly feel that people should be free to do and to express themselves in any way they choose (so long as they don't harm anyone else). Let's stop putting labels on each other; let's stop hating and discriminating each other because of the different lifestyles we each lead.

Sorry to write so much, but this is my personal philosophy :)

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I've hosted:========> 147 SURFERS since April 2009 <========
Erik from California
Jenny from Washington
Hannes from Estonia
Arnaud from France
Samira & Badro from France
Artem from Ukraine (2)
Levent from Cyprus
Andre from Brazil
Kellye from Ohio
Ivan from Russia
Diana from Austria
Ross from England
Daniele from Italy
Serpil from Germany
Jiaojiao from Arizona
Marina from Kazakhstan
Daniel from Slovakia (3)
Julia from Germany
Ania from Ukraine
Masha from Ukraine
Sabina from Ukraine
Yevgheni from Ukraine
Ashley from Massachusetts
Cleopatra from Liberia
Amalia from Colombia
Beatriz from Colombia
Nicolai & Solvej from Denmark
Fraser from England
Charlotta from Sweeden
Marta from Poland
Olga from Poland
Frank from Holland
Ricardo from Mexico
Camille from Canada
Constance and Sarah from Florida
Lena from Germany
Evelien from Holland
Laurens from Holland
Dorothee from Germany
Charlotte from France (2)
Jordi from Spain
David from Czech Rep (2)
Sina & Fabian from Germany
Ksusha from Ukraine
David from Canada
Sam from Oregon
Marian from Germany
Ella from France
Cynthia from Holland
Carleigh from Canada
Nathalia from Brazil
Karla from Mexico (3)
Alisha from Canada (2)
Calvin from California
Anna from Germany
Tehri from Finland
Laura from France
Joe from Illinois
Cristian from Arizona
Jules from Australia
Hildur from Iceland
Christine from N. Carolina
Jessie from N. Carolina
Ilke from Germany
David from Venezuela (3)
Dorota & Michael from Poland
Nicole from Pennsylvania (2)
Antonio from Ukraine
Daniel from England
Yuki from Japan
Chris from Hungary
Catherine from Denmark
Peter from New York
Alina from Romania
Yedda from Austria
Kris from Belgium (2)
Sorin from Romania
Juliette from France
Lotus from Taiwan
Martin from Argentina
Christian from Germany
Megan from Italy
Erika from Romania
Wilvie from Holland
Olivia from Hungary
Mailys from France
Gabry from Italy
Sarah from Canada
Jolene from Malaysia
LiLean from Malaysia
Ariane & daughter from Germany
Roxana from Romania
Cristina from Romania
Celia from Germany
Cristi from Romania
Sanna from Germany (3)
Sonya & Verena from Germany
Wes from Louisiana
Beccy from England
Chioma from Nigeria & US
Aron from Germany
Sigitas from Lithuania
Julija from Lithuania
Lise from France
Shane from Australia
Melanie from Canada (2)
Isa from Germany
Amy from California
Meta & Robert from Slovenia
Livia from Brazil
Alice from England
Saar from Belgium
Karl from Maine (4)
Ticia from Brazil
Mina from S. Korea (2)
Justyna from France
Vladislav from Russia
Norman from the Philippines
Riikka from Finland
Elis from Czech Republic
Maja from Slovenia
Hunter from California
Laura from England
Kat from Michigan
Karin from Germany
Dave from Canada
Melissa from California
Vindy from China
Alex from Canada
Ersoy from Turkey (2)
Claudiu from England
Danalynn from US
Armina from Romania
Leslie from Jamaica
Monique from Georgia (2)
Eva from Germany
Amelie from Germany
Angelina from Germany
Inessa from Russia

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

- Primarily hosted lots of guests from various locations throughout the world;
- Finally had my first CS experience in Spain in 2009. Had 3 hosts in 3 different cities (Barcelona, Ledesma & Sitges);
- Surfed in Montreal in July 2012;

Interests

Talking to people who've had varying experiences in life and seeing things from other points of view. I feel this can only enlighten you.
I also love listening to a good song over and over again, or watching a movie with people I'm close to.
Having a good meal and sharing a bottle of wine while conversing about interesting topics is DEFINITELY something I enjoy doing!

I feel that there is MUCH more to life than the daily grind of a 9-5 (or an 8 AM to 7 PM job as in some cases nowadays).
My main interest in life is to enjoy the simple things, forget the rat race!! Rather accumulate knowledge, understand why things are as they are and try to change them for the better; read and enjoy a good book; learn to play an instrument; go out for a walk; talk to people and GET OFF Facebook; do a good deed for someone unexpectedly; enjoy a nice sunny day or a nice rainy day.... These things interest me more than sitting in a cubicle hoping to make 'bank'!

  • books
  • design
  • dining
  • wine
  • instructor
  • technology
  • tv
  • traveling
  • volunteer work
  • outdoor activities
  • cycling
  • hunting
  • tennis
  • freelancing
  • mathematics
  • volunteering

Music, Movies, and Books

Music (in no particular order): The Doors, Gotan Project, Vivaldi, Jefferson Airplane, Nightmares on Wax, Bob Marley, Portishead, Mozart, Moby, Eminem (the older songs), Notorious BIG, The Yardbirds, Wax Tailor, Michael Jackson, Dave Brubeck, James Brown, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Mamas & Papas, Howlin' Wolf, Claude Challe, Manu Chao, Bach, Thievery Corporation, John Lee Hooker, more to come...

Movies (also in no particular order): Historical documentaries, Nature videos, LOTR, various Kurosawa films, Apocalypto, Blood Diamond, The Usual Suspects, Perfume, Enter the Dragon, Gremlins, Ronin, Perfect Storm, The Machinist, Braveheart, Cross of Iron, Full Medal Jacket, Last of the Mohicans, Gladiator, The Boondock Saints, The Spagetti Westerns, Shogun Assassin, Reservior Dogs, Sin City, The Great Escape, The Shining, Secret Window, The Wicker Man (1975), 40 Year old Virgin, American Beauty, more to come...

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Waking up every morning! Life doesn't stop surprising and amazing me. It'll stop being amazing the day I don't wake up!!

Teach, Learn, Share

I'll teach anyone anything I know. There's no reason for me not to do so, because there's nothing I know that's a secret.
Teaching someone something ensures that one day you'll have one more source to get an answer to one of your own questions.

Countries I’ve Visited

Canada, China, Italy, Spain, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Romania, United States

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