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  • 236 references 91 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, Esperanto, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Sign Language - American, Spanish; learning Chinese, Dutch, Irish
  • 39, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • Author/content creator
  • Uni, then the real world
  • From Ireland
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About Me

Lovely to meetcha, I'm Benny from Ireland, living in Austin! I run the hugely successful website, Fluent in 3 Months, and related social media channels.

I joined Couchsurfing when it just had a few thousand members! Was super active for many years, and then went and did the boring regular life stuff, which kicked my ass, so I'm back to travel mode again (with Austin as my base). Happy to meet those travelling through here!

Not sure yet if I'll be hosting, but I can consider it.

Travelling the world trying to learn all its beautiful languages and cultures and learning about myself along the way. I'm a vegetarian, non-smoking, non-drinker who loves to party! I have no problem making new friends!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

I've hosted over a thousand Couchsurfers in dozens of countries, whenever I was renting a home there. Mostly on the site to meet fellow travellers.

I was an old-school Couchsurfer, on the site way back in 2005, and a CS embassador for a long time.

I have surfed with:
1. Benjamin in Toulouse (France)
2. Julie in Paris
3. Cintia in São Paolo, Brazil
4. Silvia in Florianópolis, Brazil
5. Kelly in São Paolo, Brazil
6.Isa in Vibo Valentia, Italy
7. Inti in Bologna, Italy
8. Nic in Sacile, Italy
9. Dianna in Toronto, Canada
10. Mika in Toronto, Canada
11. Marie-Eve, Marlène and Martin in Montréal, Québec
12. France in Québec city, Québec
13. Marlène in Québec city, Québec
14. Rory in Dublin, Ireland
15. Paulo in Natal, Brazil
16. Isa in Maceió, Brazil
17. Ana Luíza in Recife, Brazil
18. Irene in Montevideo, Uruguay
19. Rahul in Mumbai, India
20. Bahram in Pune, India
21. Flo in Milan, Italy
22. Tiziano in Padua, Italy
23. Daniele in Rome, Italy

I have hosted:

1. Cari from England in Paris
2. Chelsea and Michelle from the US in Paris
3. Lisa and Maria from Sweden in Paris
4. Christine from Okinawa in Paris and Toulouse
5. Angela from New Zealand in Toulouse
6. Eli from the US in Toulouse
7. Marco from the US in Barcelona
8. Spyro from Ireland in Barcelona
9. Allison from the US in Barcelona
10. Foucald, Pierre and their friends from France in Barcelona
11. Catherine and Alex from Québec in Barcelona
12. Anna's friends from France in Barcelona
13. Mallory from the US in Salamanca, Spain
14. Paulina from Guatemala in Salamanca, Spain
15. Jesse from Boston in Montréal, Québec
16. Pat from PEI and Sean from Halifax in Montréal, Québec
17. Johanne from France in Montréal, Québec
18. Fred and Tarik from Monaco in Montréal, Québec
19. Flo from Italy in Montréal, Québec
20. Marie and Marlène from France in Montréal, Québec
21. Ale and Gerardo from Italy in Montréal, Québec
22. Shane from Australia in Montréal, Québec
23. Laurence from Québec in Montréal, Québec
24. Christel and Sandrine from Switzerland in Montréal, Québec
25. Ray from Canada in Montréal, Québec
26. Esther and Jacki from Germany in Montréal, Québec
27. Karsten from Germany in Montréal, Québec
28. Amylin from the US in Montréal, Québec
29. Brian from Canada in Montréal, Québec
30. Gesa from Germany in Montréal, Québec
31. Marlène from Québec in London, England
32. Amy from the US in Recife, Brazil
33. Hughes from Québec in Recife, Brazil
34. Ziv from Israel in Recife, Brazil
35. Camilo from Peru in Recife, Brazil
36. Irene from Uruguay in Recife, Brazil
37. Fiona from New Zealand in Recife, Brazil
38. Robert from Israel in Recife, Brazil
39. Rahul from India in Recife, Brazil
40. Angela from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
41. Soraya from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
42. David from the US in Recife, Brazil
43. Marcela from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
44. Hadjh from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
45. Franco from Peru in Recife, Brazil
46. Valmar from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
47. Alex from Spain in Recife, Brazil
48. Gisele from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
49. Rafael from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
50. Henrique from Brazil in Recife, Brazil
51. Andreas from Austria in Recife, Brazil
52. Kass from England in Recife, Brazil
53. Melanie from France in Recife, Brazil
54. Lupercio from Belgium in Recife, Brazil
55. Marine from France in Recife, Brazil
56. Alejandra from Argentina in Recife, Brazil
57. Paulina from Argentina in Recife, Brazil
58. Pascal from Switzerland in Recife, Brazil
59. Thomas from France in Recife, Brazil
60. Gretelle from the Philippines in Tenerife, Spain
61. Ania from Poland in Tenerife, Spain
62. Meghan and her friends from the US in Tenerife, Spain
63. Clair from Australia in San Francisco, USA
64. Erin from USA in Buenos Aires, Argentina
65. Olivia from Australia in Buenos Aires, Argentina
66. Hardy and Sean from USA in Buenos Aires, Argentina
67. Paola from Peru in Buenos Aires, Argentina
68. Sammy from USA in Buenos Aires, Argentina
69. Kasia from Poland in Prague, Czech Republic
70. Flor from Argentina in Prague, Czech Republic
71. Luiza & Bruna from Brazil in Prague, Czech Republic
72. Cindy & Amélie from France in Prague, Czech Republic
73. Giulia from Italy in Prague, Czech Republic
74. Cindy and Amélie from France in Prague, Czech Republic
75. Emily, Caitlin and Kasey from USA in Prague, Czech Republic
76. Laure and Marine from France in Prague, Czech Republic
77. Judith and Tania from Mexico in Prague, Czech Republic
And then I stopped counting lol


languages, movies, computers, laughing, dancing in the rain, that extra five minutes in bed in the morning, the feeling of victory, love, people, children, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, singing, sunrises, the colour blue, smiles on pretty girls, adventures, reading, travelling, music, sleeping; living.

  • culture
  • singing
  • coloring
  • dancing
  • cooking
  • coffee
  • vegetarian
  • partying
  • flying
  • movies
  • reading
  • tv
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • music
  • guitar
  • surfing
  • languages

Music, Movies, and Books

Films: Memento, American Beauty, Forest Gump, the Shawshank Redemption, Cruel Intentions, Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, l'Auberge Espagnole, Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amélie Poulain, los Amantes del Círculo Polar, Abre los Ojos, Cidade de Deus, la Vita è Bella, Sunrise, Sunset....
Books: Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, Harry Potter, 100 años de soledad, Catch 22, A midsummer nights dream, writers Roald Dahl, Stephen King and loads more

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Nearly died 7 times, I had a brief role in a movie with Dan Ackroyd, danced with the president of Ireland and a famous Internet star, graduated university at 20, got arrested but managed to charm my way out of it, appeared on TVs, on the radio and in newspapers around the world, and in the last years have managed to increase the amount of languages I speak (in varying degrees) from one to seven! Only getting started! Whoops, last amazing thing I have done is not recognising "ONE" in this question...

Casi morí 7 veces, tuve un breve papel en una película con Dan Ackroyd, bailé con la presidente de Irlanda y con Matt, terminé la carrera a los 20 años, me arrestaron pero conseguí salir por el encanto irlandés, aparecí en la TV, en la radio y en los periódicos por todo el mundo, y en los últimos años he aumentado la cantidad de idiomas que hablo (en diversos grados) de uno a siete! ¡Eso es sólo el comienzo! Uups... la última cosa increíble que he hecho fue no reconocer “UNA” en esta pregunta... Quase morri 7 vezes, tive um breve papel num filme com o Dan Ackroyd, dancei com a presidente da Irlanda e com o Matt famoso, terminei a universidade aos 20 anos, prenderem-me mas eu saí graças ao charme irlandês, apareci em televisões, no radio e nos jornais de todo o mundo, e nos últimos 6 anos aumentei a quantidade de idiomas que eu falo (em vários graus) de um a sete! Isso é só o começo! Putz, a última coisa incrível que eu fiz foi não reconhecer a palavra “UMA” nesta pergunta...

J’ai failli mourir 7 fois, j’avais un rôle court dans un film avec Dan Ackroyd, j’ai dansé avec la présidente d’Irlande et avec Matt, j'ai été diplômé à 20 ans, je me suis fait arrêter mais j’en suis sorti grâce au charme irlandais, j’ai été à la radio, dans des journaux et à la télé autour du monde, et dans les derniers années j'ai réussi à augmenter la quantité de langues que je parle d’une à sept. Et ça, c’est seulement le commencement. Oups, la dernière chose exceptionnelle que j’ai fait c’était de ne pas reconnaître le mot « une » dans cette question...

Sono quasi morto 7 volte, ho avuto un breve ruolo in un film con Dan Ackroyd, ho ballato con la presidente dell'Irlanda e con Matt, mi sono laureato a 20 anni, mi hanno arrestato ma sono riuscito ad uscire grazie al famigerato fascino irlandese, mi hanno intervistato sulla TV e la radio, e in alcuni giornali in giro per il mondo, e durante gli ultimi anni sono riuscito ad aumentare la quantità di lingue che parlo da 1 a 7! Questo è soltanto l’inizio! Ah, un’altra cosa incredibile che ho fatto ultimamente è stato non riconoscere la parola “UNA” in questa domanda...

Teach, Learn, Share



Want to learn: Pretty much anything, but definitely how to play the guitar, how to cook, how to dance, how you live your life, and am open to constructive criticism on how I live mine!
Can teach: Several languages, hoasts of boring scientific facts, travelling tips, the ability to act silly in public, sing, dance (but dance ridiculously badly, that's why it's in my to-learn also!) and I'm sure I have a few more tricks up my sleeve! Quiero aprender: Muchísimas cosas, pero seguramente cómo tocar la guitarra, cómo cocinar, cómo bailar, cómo vives tu vida, de esa forma aprenderé cómo mejorar la manera en que vivo la mía!

Puedo enseñar: Varios idiomas, un montón de hechos científicos aburridos, consejos del viaje, la capacidad de hacer el tonto en público, cantar, bailar (pero bailar como tonto, por eso también está en mis “quiero aprender”!) ¡y estoy seguro que tengo más trucos! ;)
O que quero aprender: Muita coisa, mas com certeza como tocar guitarra, cozinhar, dançar, e observar a maneira de como os outros vivem a vida, e com a ajuda deles quero melhorar a maneira como vivo a minha!
O que posso ensinar: Vários idiomas, fatos científicos pouco interessantes, conselhos sobre viagem, como fazer bobeiras na rua, cantar, dançar (mas dançar como gringo, por isso coloquei o mesmo item no meu quero aprender também!) com certeza conheço outros secredos que podem ser ensindos!

Je veux apprendre : Beaucoup de choses, mais certainement comment jouer de la guitare, comment cuisiner, comment danser, comment vous vivez votre vie, et je suis ouvert à la critique constructive sur la façon dont je vis la mienne !

Peut enseigner : Plusieurs langues, beaucoup de faits scientifiques inutiles, des conseils pour voyager, la capacité à faire le fou dans les endrois publiques, chanter, dansent (mais danser ...ridiculement mal, c'est pourquoi c'est aussi dans mes "à apprendre") et peut-être que je connais d’autres secrets que je pourrais partager !

Voglio imparare: Tantissime cose!! Per esempio: suonare la chitarra, cucinare e ballare. Conoscere come vivete la vostra vita e ricevere i vostri opinioni su come io vivo la mia!
Posso insegnare: Varie lingue, molte formule scientifiche e noiose, posso dare consigli di viaggio, posso trasmettervi la capacità di comportarsi da sciocco in pubblico, cantare o ballare (ma ballare in modo ridicolo, ecco perché era in voglio imparare!) e molto altro ancora!

Countries I’ve Visited

Brazil, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United States, Vatican City State

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