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I'm here to reach summits. I conquer academia, puzzles, fears, hatred, and of course, literal mountains. Each one comes with its own set of story arcs in our lives. What are you reaching for?
I believe acceptance is the key for opening doors to many opportunities.
Hosting, surfing, and generally exploring communities gives us a global network of wonderful people and an understanding of the differences and more importantly the similarities between cultures.
My philosophy: make waves.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I go to new places to experience the world through the eyes of others. I like to immerse myself in new things, even if I don't like them. How else can we know what we truly enjoy if we don't experience things we don't like?
We all have so much potential. We're all made of the same stuff when you think about it. The differences are our experiences. Those are what I like to learn about. What makes us individuals? Let's talk about it!
Trains, rust, old and/or abandoned buildings, mycology, unique foods, mountains, geothermal activity (hot springs, volcanoes), motorcycles, telecommunications, tea, ceramics, taxidermy, maps (especially geopolitical), lock picking, cooking (especially when it involves preservation or macrobiotics), D&D, photography, and dreams.
Music, Movies, and Books
The Fifth Element, Unbreakable, The Fall, AI, Princess Mononoke, Slumdog Millionaire, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Paprika, Ghost in the Shell, and Jurassic Park.
Books in no particular order:
Candide, Lost in Japan, the Bible, Epictetus' Handbook, Dao De Jing, The Tale of Genji, The Narrow Road to Oku, Blood Sugar, Animal Farm, Maus, The Sandman, The Life of a Sensuous Woman, Paprika...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I've experienced peace of mind, which is one of the most valuable things anyone can ever have. I traveled to an abandoned town and nearly got run over by a freight train passing through. I was robbed while trying to help someone in Cambodia and ended up in the hospital for a week. I chased a deer through a forest as a kid. I have diffused tension between Japanese and Chinese people (using the power of alcohol). I'm still working on picking my battles.
Teach, Learn, Share
いちゃりばちょで - Icharibachode.
This is an Okinawan phrase that roughly means "even if we meet one time, we're still friends for life." It's not always easy to say goodbye to couchsurfers. Sometimes we make excellent connections! Even if I never meet those people again, I still consider them my close friends.
Being able to stay at someone's house is a privilege and it should be treated as such. I'm looking for people who will respect my house as if it is theirs. I love cooking but I don't cook huge meals on a regular basis. However, you are free to use the kitchen if you clean up after yourself. I want to live in harmony with others, and hosting/surfing is like a micro-karmic experience. I love talking to other CS members while they're traveling about all kinds of things.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My ability to make dreams into reality.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Viet Nam, Wales
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States