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I'm 59 years old, but don't let that fool you;) I have a lot of energy when I decide there is something worth doing! And travel has been a lifelong bug that has not left me yet! Sure, I'm not so into the party scene anymore - but I'm actually a night owl by nature and as a musician and 'spiritual' minded kinda guy, I tend to keep up with the best of 'em. At the same time, I truly love being in deep nature and so the hiking and backpacking life fits me just fine as well. I'm nothing special, just a curious, gentle soul that still has a lot of curiosity and wonder left in me that I'm gonna do my best to feed while I can.
PS - I actually drove for a rather well known 'alternative bus company' based in San Francisco called The Green Tortoise, for several years. (1991 to 2002) I wish I had kept better track of all of those budget travelers from around the world that I met on those trips!!! And if any of you are reading this please CONTACT ME!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
I could afford to stay in hotels etc, but after traveling/exploring for many years as a budget traveling/adventurer in my 'younger years' I'm very aware of how much more fun and 'real' it is to meet people when one 'gets down in the trenches' so to speak;) Plus, you just meet a different kind of person. Now that I'm older and life circumstances have found me on my own again (my wife of 15 years recently passed away) I feel the pull to explore some more while I still can. And for me, half (or more) of the value and fun of travelling is the people I meet, and friendships that form. So, why the hell not?!?! (I'm setting my sights on the Dominican Republic to visit soon)
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm a Tom Petty, Neil Young, Iron & Wine kinda guy. But I enjoy just about anything live. Quite a variety when it comes to movies, but, I really get a kick out of the "Off the Wall" kind. Harold and Maude being a fine example. As for books??? Also rather varied. And even though I enjoy reading to entertain myself, the thing is, I don't really bother retaining much from most of them unless they actually pertain to my own life in some way. You know, insights that stick with ya sort of thing. The book that made me laugh the most was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Probably because I could so easily relate to some of the more bizarre scenes he described!
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I would have to say that the most life changing 'Amazing Thing I've Done' is drive for the Green Tortoise. Taking 35-40 people from all over the world on a sleeper bus and going to some of the most beautiful places in the northern hemisphere camping and hiking and eating and singing around the campfire has been hard to top. And even though I got to do it over 80 or so times I consider that to be like ONE BIG thing now;)
Teach, Learn, Share
Oh, I could teach some English and learn a little of your language.
Teach some guitar and learn some drumming or whatever thing you use to express yourself.
Share my great wisdom I've gained from making it to 59 years old with plenty of difficult life situations that tends to bring one to a deeper understanding of themselves and what is going on around them;) Or just have some fun bullshitting about nothing;)
What I Can Share with Hosts
Stories of my travels and things I've learned about myself and life in general. Nothing major I guess, but can anybody ever get enough of that?!?!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belize, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico
Countries I’ve Lived In