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John Fraser

Saipan, Southern Islands, Northern Mariana Islands

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Overview

  • 2 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • 67, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • Water Chemist at the Saipan Division...
  • BS Chemistry, post graduate Diploma ...
  • From Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To learn what I can of the world through travel, languages and nature study.

ABOUT ME

I'm a grown up science nerd but am pretty well rounded out in the arts and humanities. With a degree in Chemistry and Medical Technology, most of my life's work has been as a Medical Scientist/Technologist in hospital labs. I live now on Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands and lived on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands for two years. On Kwaj and here on Saipan I've done a lot of scuba diving and underwater photography. Now it's bird photography.

PHILOSOPHY

Critical thinking, if that's a philosophy. To look at people personally instead of politically.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

New to Couch Surfing. I don't have room for people to stay but I can guide people around Saipan, especially WW2 sites, and give advice on what to do here and where things are.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Traveled from Darwin to Alice to Aluru for four weeks in the Fall of 2013. We had a 4x4 and camper trailer so were able to go into some special places. The outback was great, especially at water holes and billabongs where I was able to photograph some great birds who liked to be near water.

Interests

I'm an amateur naturalist with a special interest in bird photography although i'm curious about most everything in the natural world. In addition to birds, i like to find and identify mushrooms. Hiking and exploring are high on my list as well. Here on Saipan, I have an interest in military history as this island was heavily involved in the second world war. I like to check out structures left by the war and find lost war artifacts. At the moment I'm taking ukulele lessons. I have a Yamaha XT225 motorcycle which I maintain, and ride when the weather cooperates. I like to learn languages and am usually studying one. Here on Saipan I've been able to study Japanese and practice it with Japanese tourists and Japanese speaking locals. Saipan has a lot of natural caves which I enjoy exploring.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Sky diving, Paragliding are the most thrilling things I'v done. As a close second, for a brief moment I though I might be going to die during a scuba incident in rough water.

Teach, Learn, Share

Natural science, critical thinking, medicine especially from a laboratory point of view, assorted science topics and the languages I'm familiar with. And my travels and places I've lived.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of, Nicaragua, Palau, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Thailand, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I've Lived In

Marshall Islands, Mozambique, Northern Mariana Islands, United States

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