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My name is James Laurie, but most of my friends call me Jimmy. I was born and raised in Venice, Florida. I'm currently teaching biology and chemistry at a high school in Sarasota, Florida. I recently graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in biological science as well as a minor in chemistry and Russian language. I love to learn and plan to continue my education in the near future. I am interested in going back to school to gain a second degree in Chemical Engineering with a Biochemical emphasis. Ever since my last trip abroad I am very eager to travel again. My favorite part about traveling is making new relationships with people from around the world as well as exchanging world views, culture, and values in a non-hostile, but rather very open minded environment. If you find yourself in a town near me, please don't hesitate to contact me, I would love to meet you!
Love over lust, Individuals over society, Good over evil, The Devine over everything
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've participated both as a surfer and a host. I surfed in Moscow, Russia and New York City. I've hosted several people from many different places including, but not limited to Russia, Germany, Egypt, and Australia. In the summer of 2014 I bought a plane ticket into Dublin, Ireland and departure from Istanbul, Turkey with 35 days in between. On this trip I visited the following countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey. I used couch surfing as well as hostels throughout the trip.
I traveled to Russia in June 2011 where I stayed with a few couchsurfers, attended weekly meetings, and met countless people through the site. Couchsurfing made my trip everything that it was. I had the opportunity to live like the Russians for a month and felt I received insight that would have been impossible without the great people I met through the site.
I also had an opportunity to surf in New York City while living in Philadelphia. This experience was unique for the fact that my host brought me to a fashion show because he was a blogger.
I enjoy studying science, playing sports, meeting new people, and going out to bars/clubs.
I have a lot of interest in traveling and thanks to this site it now seems possible.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I sporadically moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a summer to get the experience of living in a city. Started from sleeping in a car to working at a beautiful restaurant on historic Rittenhouse Square in center city. I met so many amazing people and even got to visit New York City for the first time. Loved every bit of the trip and wouldn't trade it for anything!
Traveled to Moscow, Russia solo using this site alone.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Macedonia, Netherlands, Russian Federation, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In