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A long time ago in a marriage far, far away I was born in Milwaukee, WI and lived there (on and off) until I was 13. I spent the next twelve years living in Knoxville, TN which is where I now consider my home. After a year living in Japan I returned to my original home, Milwaukee, to attend grad school. After a failed stint in Milwaukee, I'm now in Korea, living and working toward a better future for me and my puppy.
I love sports, cultural exchange and good, dark beer.
"It doesn't matter where you've been, as long as it was deep, yeah." -The Cars
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
When I'm not traveling, I would love to host anyone who is in the area and show them around. I work long hours during the week, but I'll definitely be as accommodating as my schedule allows me to be. If nothing else, I'm almost always up for a drink or three.
I first became involved with the Knoxville couch surfing group in February, 2008 prior to backpacking in Europe for a month. At first, it was merely to meet some new people and find a place or two to stay while on my trip; I had no idea it would become such an important part of my life! My first "official" couch surfing experience was in Leeds, England. It was a great experience! (Mucho thanks, Andrew).
Since then, I've hosted folk from all around the U.S. and also Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain, and Sweden. I've had a great time with most of my couchsurfers, and I can't wait for my next couchsurfing experience.
Also, I started my blog, 80couches.com, dedicated to my amazing couchsurfing stories. Check it out!
Movies, music, sports, travel and books. You know, the usual suspects.
Music, Movies, and Books
I read a bunch of boring books...mostly social science stuff. My personal bible is Thomas Friedman's "The World is Flat."
As far as movies go, it's rare I find one that I don't like. Action, drama, suspense, comedy--love 'em all.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I watched the sun set over the Forbidden City in Beijing from the hilltop in nearby Jingshan Park. It was simply magical.
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Teach, Learn, Share
I have studied contemporary Chinese and Japanese politics extensively. I'll tell you all about those countries until you make me stop.
I also love science, in fact I very nearly became a geology major!
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bolivia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
Japan, South Korea, United States