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

First and foremost, I am a writer. You can read some of my work here: www.facebook.com/jameslewishuss. I am also a teacher and a martial artist. I currently live in La Paz, Bolivia, where I teach English, aikido, and karate.

My research centers on the nature of the human mind and how its mysteries are revealed through literature. To that end, I depend largely on studies of mysticism, linguistics, and psychology of consciousness, among other fields, drawing largely from Julian Jaynes's theory of the bicameral mind. I consider myself a linguistic mystic, a moniker I had to invent for myself.

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. I haven't had much luck as a guest, but I'll keep trying.


I study and practice martial arts. I write poetry and novels. I teach English. I work out. I like to dine on local food; I like to hike and explore; I like to go out for drinks. I like to meet people from other countries and cultures, and I like intelligent conversation. I seek out new experiences wherever I go, and I love adventure.

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

Music, Movies, and Books

I listened to an eclectic mix, including alternative rock, rap/hip-hop, jazz, classic rock, and way too much Wu Tang Clan, among other things.

I love film, and I used to teach film criticism, so my taste in genres is wide, though selective.

I'm an English teacher, so books are my thing, but I prefer non-fiction to fiction, especially books about philosophy, psychology, consciousness, and linguistics.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I swam with sting rays in Grand Cayman. Twice!

Teach, Learn, Share

Docendo discitur.

What I Can Share with Hosts

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

Countries I’ve Visited

Argentina, 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, Uruguay, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

Bolivia, China, United States

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