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To make a Zunyi-ren out of you.
My friends would say, hmm, that I'm an extremely kind guy, adventurous, intelligent, introspective, curious. I take the initiative to shake things up and to experience new things. I'm focused and hard-working when necessary, but can also enjoy the leisurely things in life. I'm a good host and a good cook.
I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zunyi, Guizhou, China from 2012-2014. Before PC I was a university professor and editor in Washington, DC. In the summer of 2014 I was a TEFL trainer for the new volunteers. Now I'm still in Zunyi and teaching at a private school. I'll head back to America this summer for a college professor job!
Life is short, the earth is beautiful, people are worth knowing, change is hard, so let's get to it.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am happy to host, and will be looking for couches to sleep on all over China, Central Asia, and SE Asia for the next two years.
Other than staying with friends, friends of friends, and staying at many hostels around the world, I am new to couch surfing.
Travel to new places, return trips to comfortable places
Being outside, walking, camping, hiking--I always prefer the rural to the urban
Reading new fiction
Meeting new people
Beautiful and functional architecture
Sitting on Wreck Beach
Long talks about substantive things
Good coffee in a quirky coffee shop
Chats with the cheesemonger about what I should get for a particular meal
Cooking something delicious and sharing the results with friends
Independent art galleries
Being with my family, especially on the South Dakota farm
I'm a bad story teller, joke teller, and chit chatter, but I like to listen.
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a lot, so it's difficult to name just a few, but my favorites include Willa Cather and Chuck Palahniuk. I guess I have a thing for American pioneer fiction and edgy twisted fiction.
I love watching movies, and not just high-brown film. Nature or science documentaries are a favorite, as is the Starz series Spartacus. I'm at ease with the fact I like blatantly titillating TV. I like sci-fi and graphic novel/comic book adaptations.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
1. Seeing Uluru at sunset with one of my best friends.
2. My first kiss, Copenhagen, Denmark.
3. Seeing my first book in print. Satisfied, relieved, amazed, excited, thinking about what's next.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can introduce you to the street food of Zunyi: mutton noodles, green bean noodles, sour soup hot pot, and several amazingly delicious dishes I don't yet know the name for.
I'm not a particularly religious person, but have studied it in depth, so we could talk religion for hours.
Thanks to a friend, I know where we can get amazing foot massages.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Chat about travel, cook together, see that place in your town you haven't been to yet. I'm open. Let me know what's good for you.
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
China, United States