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  • 14 References 11 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 43, Male
  • Member since 2012
  • Teacher
  • BA English
  • From Greenville, SC, USA
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About Me


I am a writer, teacher, and martial artist. I currently live in La Paz, Bolivia, where I teach English, aikido, and karate. I have listed my dojo website as my personal site, but I also have a Facebook page: I will accept a friend request from anyone who considers offering me a couch to sleep on. :)


I study mysticism, physics, psychology, anthropology, ancient history, linguistics, and literature. I think the key to being a human being in this universe lies somewhere among those disciplines.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I hope to use Couchsurfing while I travel around South America. I live alone in a nice, two-bedroom apartment in Calacoto, San Miguel, the best neighborhood in La Paz, and I'm happy to offer the extra space to fellow travelers.


As a host, Couchsurfing has been great. I have had some very nice guests and made some new friends. I look forward to meeting more people and making more friends.

As a guest, Couchsurfing has been very disappointing. I have offered my home to many people and treated them with as much hospitality as I could, and yet not one person has accepted a request from me in three years. NOT ONE.


I study and practice martial arts. I write poetry and novels - my next book, a YA novel, will be released in 2016. I like to dine on local food; I like to hike and explore; I like to go out for drinks (but I'm not a big partier, by any means). I like to meet people from other countries and cultures.

  • arts
  • writing
  • books
  • literature
  • poetry
  • dining
  • beer
  • drinking
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • hiking
  • martial arts
  • anthropology
  • teaching
  • history
  • physics
  • psychology

Music, Movies, and Books

I mostly like the classics of English literaure as regards fiction; I more often read nonfiction - mostly books on physics, mysticism, and psychology. I am picky about movies - I taught film criticism and have dabbled in screenplay writing for years, so I tend to be overly critical. My tastes in music are ecclectic, but selective. I like almost every genre, but only a small percentage of popular music is quality, in my opinion.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I swam with sting rays in Grand Cayman. Twice!

Teach, Learn, Share

I have studied literature, philosophy, and martial arts for almost three decades. I have much to teach and much to learn.

What I Can Share with Hosts

A comfortable apartment, a fun neighborhood in an incredible city, some good conversation, and maybe a few beers.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bolivia, China, United States

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