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My friends would say 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 lectured at The Catholic University of America and was the Assistant Editor at the International Commission on English in the Liturgy in Washington, DC. In the summer of 2014 I was a TEFL trainer for the new volunteers. After that, I taught in Zunyi for another year at a private school.
I began teaching at St. Norbert College in the fall of 2015, and loved it, but I took a new job in Sydney, Australia at Australian Catholic University and began there July 2016.
Life is short, the earth and its creatures are beautiful, change is hard, so let's get to it.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I'm now in Sydney, Australia. Hit me up if you make it down under! I'd also be up for a couch around Australia, SE Asian, and the Pacific.
I've only surfed a couple of times, and with people I already knew. I've hosted many people, though, in China, in Green Bay...not yet in Australia.
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.
- live music
- sea kayaking
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. Recently I've loved reading Hanya Yanagihura, and some Mark Manson.
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
Hiked Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan, China.
Teach, Learn, Share
If you get to Zunyi (the Read Heart of China), try the food!: mutton noodles, sour soup hot pot, sticky rice with yellow beans--actually just get to the "snack street" in the old town and try everything.
I'm not a particularly religious person, but have studied it in depth, so we could talk religion for hours.
Chinese massage: do it.
Visit Green Bay and Door County in the late spring. It's gorgeous. If you like to fish, this is your paradise. Of course, if you have Packers tickets, visit during the football season!
Sydney is worth a visit any time of year.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Chat about travel, teach you some Chinese cooking, 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, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, China, United States