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I love to travel and connect with new friends. I have a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath single family home to share with my couchsurfing peers. I've been a member of Couchsurfing since 2006 and through the years have hosted global CS members in Sutton, Massachusetts, USA, Germany, Singapore, Philippines and "co-hosted" a couple members with Dan & Kathy aboard the 78' sailing vessel Lungta in Mexico & El Salvador. I've also traveled around the world staying with CS members in many different countries.
In June 2015 we returned to Sutton, Massachusetts after "living" / traveling on the 78' sailing vessel Lungta (www.LungtaLife.com & www.LungtaLife.com\blog) for 13 weeks. We helped Dan & Kathy "relocate" from Mexico to Costa del Sol, El Salvador where Lungta will be based for the next 18-24 months.
You can learn more about my professional career at LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pub/keith-midgette/1/9a9/62b
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I've been a member of the Couchsurfing community since July, 2006. After my first CS experience, which was hosting a Dutch couple who were on temporary assignment in the Boston area, I stayed with Couchsurfing hosts during a 129 day trip around the world over the last 4 months of 2006. In the years since then, I have hosted Couchsurfers in my home in Central Massachusetts, as well as in Germany, Singapore and Manila while on long term international assignments. I have also surfed around the globe including a 3 month backpacking trip through SE Asia in 2013 and a 3 week tour through central and southern Brazil in 2015.
As always, I always look forward to sharing my home in Sutton, Massachusetts with travelers who are passing through Central Massachusetts.
In addition to the below list of "Recent CouchSurfing Experiences" which only includes Hosts and Guests, my CS connections and experiences include many meetings for coffee or organized events, or just online email and chat to obtain recommendations from local residents of the destinations visited. Every year I also host a number of friends and family members who are not members of Couchsurfing so are not included in the list below. Examples include a German/Dutch couple I met while working in Dusseldorf in 2008. They stay with us every year for 2-3 weeks (and we visit them in Germany and Amsterdam). We have friends from the UK who stay a few days every year. In 2015 we hosted Rolf for 3 weeks whom I met while working in Hannover, Germany in 2014.
Prior to September of 2006, most of my "couchsurfing" had been with family and friends, without the benefit of a great site like Couchsurfing. I had opened my home to friends, or to friends of friends, but formalized "surfing" via a website like CS was new to me. In July 2006 I was introduced to Couchsurfing. In late August 2006, I set out on a 4 month trip around the world and stayed with Couchsurfing hosts around the globe. It was by far, the most fantastic travel experience of my life. I made many new friends, and learned so much about different cultures by staying with hosts, rather than staying in hotels in the countries visited.
CouchSurfing Experiences (I primarily only list Guests and Hosts, but occasionally include memorable Travel Companions. In addition to the Surfers listed below, every year we host a number of different friends from around the world that are not members of couchsurfing)
65 Surfed 60 days with Martin https://www.couchsurfing.com/messages/372240006 on s/v (sailing vessel) Otra Vida in Patagonia, Chile. - September-October 2017
64 Surfed 2 days with Cristian https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/parve in Punta Arenas, Chile. - September 2017
63 Surfed 2 days with Ethan www.couchsurfing.org/people/ethan-page-1 in Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii. - February 2017
62 Hosted (In Paris) 3 days Anja www.couchsurfing.org/people/duesseldorf/ from Düsseldorf, Germany. I first met Anja back in 2008 and we have stayed in touch and met up multiple times throughout the years (see 25 below) - February 2017
61 Surfed 3 days with Ilton https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/ilton.jardim in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil - October 2015
60 Surfed 1 day with Giovani https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/anibalgiovani.manetta in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil - October 2015
59 Surfed 4 days with Fabricio, Alex, Rui & Ana https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/fabriciogastaldi in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil - October 2015
58 Surfed 5 days with Marcello & Karina https://www.couchsurfing.com/people/marcellocataldi in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil - October 2015
57 Surfed 7 days with Marco & João www.couchsurfing.com/users/2000160279 in São Paulo, Brazil - September 2015 (we were invited back and spent an additional 3 days with them in October as we passed through São Paulo on our way home). We also had the pleasure of showing them around San Francisco (where we were working) and sharing a dinner with them when they visited in late 2016.
56 Traveled with Joao Carlos www.couchsurfing.com/people/joaocarlos831 from Santos, Brazil (attended 2 Santos weekly meet ups, had dinner & exchanged messages throughout 2 week stay in Santos - September 2015
55 Hosted 13 days Stefan & Michiel from Düsseldorf, Germany - September 2015
54 Hosted 21 days Rolf Petzold from Hannover, Germany - August - September 2015
53 Hosted 9 days Paul-Andre www.couchsurfing.org/people/paulandre/ from Jouy-le-Moutier, France. Paul was my first CS host in 2006 (see #2 below) and it was our great pleasure to host him almost 10 years later! - August 2015
52 Hosted 11 days (in Sutton, MA) Gili (also hosted Gili in Mumbia in 2014) https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=5IB2CIKKA/ from Surat, India – June 2015
51 Hosted 1 day (in Antigua, Guatemala) Axel www.couchsurfing.com/people/axelrene from Guatemala City - May 2015
51 Surfed 3 days with Axel www.couchsurfing.com/people/axelrene in Guatemala City - May 2015
50 Traveled 2 days with Julio www.couchsurfing.com/people/jcolorado in San Salvador, El Salvador - April 2015
49 Surfed 18 days Jan-Feb 2015 & traveled 70 days March-June 2015 with Dan & Kathy www.couchsurfing.com/people/danielfinkelstein & www.couchsurfing.com/people/kathymitchell on sailing vessel Lungta in Barra de Navidad and Tenacatita Bay, Mexico - Jan-Feb 2015 and various Mexican & El Salvador ports and overland in Guatemala Mar-Jun 2015
48 Traveled 1 day with Mark Baumgartner www.couchsurfing.com/people/baum89 in Yeosu, South Korea - November '14
47 Hosted 2 days by Sonia www.couchsurfing.org/people/soniasworld/ in Suncheon, South Korea – November ’14
46 Traveled 2 days with Annie www.couchsurfing.org/people/kimannie/ in Jeju Island, South Korea – November ’14
46 Hosted 2 days by Annie www.couchsurfing.org/people/kimannie/ in Seoul, South Korea – October ’14
45 Hosted 2 days (in Mumbai, India) Gili https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=5IB2CIKKA/ from Surat, India – Oct‘14
44 Hosted 5 days (in Sutton, MA) Andrew www.couchsurfing.org/people/andrew.lewin/ from New York, USA – Sept‘14
43 Hosted 1 day (in Sutton, MA) Augustin www.couchsurfing.org/people/tigust2/ from Quebec, Canada – Aug‘14
42 Traveled 1 day with Rebekka www.couchsurfing.org/people/quehuong/ in Hannover, Germany – June ’14
41 Hosted 3 days by Cal & Dave www.couchsurfing.org/people/calvinjsmith/ in Manila, Philippines – July ’13
40 Hosted 4 days by Toom www.couchsurfing.org/people/toomphiseak/ in Bangkok, Thailand – June ’13
39 Hosted 4 days by Jo www.couchsurfing.org/people/jolidbetter/ in Vientiane, Laos – June ’13
38 Hosted 4 days by Sutay www.couchsurfing.org/people/sutayguven/ in Siem Reap, Cambodia – June ’13
37 Traveled 2 days with Rebekka www.couchsurfing.org/people/quehuong/ in Saigon, Vietnam – May ’13
37 Hosted 3 days by Marianne www.couchsurfing.org/people/shangzo/ in Saigon, Vietnam – May ’13
36 Hosted 2 days by Hoang www.couchsurfing.org/people/hoang_le/ in Da Lat, Vietnam – May ’13
35 Hosted 2 days by Honza www.couchsurfing.org/people/kuzma/ in Hue, Vietnam – May ’13
34 Hosted 3 days by Anh www.couchsurfing.org/people/hoangtuananh/ in Hai Phong City, Vietnam – May ’13
33 Hosted 1 day (in Manila, PH) Philippe and Teva www.couchsurfing.org/people/philteva/ (my 2006 Hosts in Tahiti!) from Papeete, French Polynesia – MAR‘13
32 Hosted 1 day (in Manila, PH) Levent www.couchsurfing.org/people/levent.koksal/ from Karlsruhe, Germany – MAR‘13
31 Hosted 8 days (in Manila, PH) William www.couchsurfing.org/people/william.vandermeer/ from Amsterdam, Netherlands – Dec‘12
30 Hosted 8 days (in Manila, PH) Leonard www.couchsurfing.org/people/leonard.doyle/ from Washington, DC, USA – Nov ‘12
29 Hosted 8 days (in Manila, PH) Peter www.couchsurfing.org/people/kiwi_backpacker/ from Oamaru, New Zealand – Oct ‘12
28 Hosted 5 days (in Singapore) Dave & son Ben www.couchsurfing.org/people/brisbanedave/ from Brisbane, Australia – Jun ‘12
27 Hosted 3 days (in Singapore) Kevin www.couchsurfing.org/people/kevinkos/ from San Diego, CA, USA – Apr ‘12
26 Hosted 1 day (in Singapore) Chris www.couchsurfing.org/people/chriswaterguy/ from Sydney, NSW, Australia – Apr ‘12
25 Hosted 7 days Anja www.couchsurfing.org/people/duesseldorf/ from Düsseldorf, Germany – Oct ‘10 (had met Anja in Düsseldorf back in 2008 . Anja has become a life long friend whom we have stayed in touch with and met on several occasions through the years. In Feb 2017 I hosted her again in Paris, where I was working.
24 Hosted 1 day by (Dinner) Alex www.couchsurfing.org/people/sandycat1/ in Düsseldorf, Germany – Aug ’09
23 Hosted 4 days Elsa www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=8SU925K from Johannesburg, South Africa – Aug ‘09
22 Hosted 1 day Shira www.couchsurfing.org/people/shirabatchaya/ from Long Beach, California, USA – Oct ‘08
21 Traveled 3 days with Ofelia www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=74D8A5K in Luxembourg, Lux & Utrecht, Netherlands
19 Hosted 1 day Roy www.couchsurfing.org/people/calen/ from Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA – Oct ‘07
18 Hosted 1 day Leif www.couchsurfing.org/people/brooklynleif/ from Brooklyn, New York, USA – Jun ‘07
17 Hosted 3 days by Marisa www.couchsurfing.org/people/thousandpetals/ in San Francisco, California, USA – Jun ‘07
16 Hosted 1 day Babar www.couchsurfing.org/people/tommee/ from Karachi, Pakistan – May ‘07
15 Hosted 1 day Shellen www.couchsurfing.org/people/slubin/ from Manhattan, New York, USA – May ‘07
14 Hosted 10 days by Philip & Teva www.couchsurfing.org/people/philteva/ in Punaauia, Papeete, Tahiti – Dec ‘06
13 Hosted 3 days by Peter www.couchsurfing.org/people/peter1009/ in Collaroy, Sydney, Australia – Nov ‘06
12 Hosted 3 days by James & Nang www.couchsurfing.org/people/reggaejames/ in Bangkok, Thailand – Nov ‘06
11 Hosted 7 days by Martin www.couchsurfing.org/people/aurigo/ in Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland – Nov ‘06
10 Hosted 6 days by Giorgio www.couchsurfing.org/people/oigroig/ in Rome, Italy – Nov ‘06
9 Hosted 2 days by Khaled www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=1CGD1KF in Alexandria, Egypt – Oct ‘06
8 Hosted 1 day by Mohammed Al-Garf www.couchsurfing.org/people/garf87/ in Faisal, Cario, Egypt, Oct ‘06
7 Hosted 5 days by Ian www.couchsurfing.org/people/wian555/ in Maadi, Cario, Egypt – Oct ‘06
6 Hosted 9 days by Sanne & Kamal www.couchsurfing.org/people/mickymaus/ in Frankfurt, Germany – Oct ‘06
5 Hosted 6 days by Jens www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=H97UXU in Hellerup, Copenhagen, Denmark – Sept ‘06
4 Hosted 4 days by Sophie www.couchsurfing.org/people/sophico/ in Belleville, Paris, France – Sept ‘06
3 Hosted 4 days by Julia & Toma www.couchsurfing.org/people/joohliah/ in Pont de Levallois, Paris, France - Sept ‘06
2 Hosted 4 days by Paul-Andre www.couchsurfing.org/people/paulandre/ in Jouy-le-Moutier, France – Sept ‘06 (Also Hosted Paul-Andre 5 weeks in Aug 2015)
1 Hosted 3 days Anneke & Dave www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=EYB7P from Delft, Holland - Aug ’06 & Sept ‘07
Family, Friends, Travel, Boating, Scuba Diving, Snow Skiing, Hiking, Camping, Theater, Weight Training, Antiques, Computers, Finance, Cards & Board Games
- board games
- outdoor activities
- scuba diving
- historic sites
Music, Movies, and Books
I enjoy a wide variety of Movies, Music and Books. James A Michener (Hawaii, Poland, Iberia, Centennial, Space, Chesapeake, etc) was always my favorite author, even while in primary school, which probably ties in with my love of geography, travel and other cultures.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
ONE amazing thing??!! Life is Amazing! I could not possibly pick only 1 from a lifetime of amazing experiences.
Snorkling in Grand Cayman, Touring the Canadian Rockies, ParaSailing, Swimming in Lake Louise, Alberta, Versailles and Muse'e d'Orse'e in Paris, the unbelievable historical sites in Egypt, Rome and India, the natural beauty of Australia & New Zealand! Diving Apo Reef in the Philippines. Crewing for 13 weeks with Dan & Kathy on the 78 foot ferro cement sailing ketch Lungta in Mexico and El Salvador. Cataratas do Iguaçu (Iguazu Falls) in Brazil.
There are amazing things to been seen and experienced all over our wonderful planet. If you can't find something amazing in your own backyard, you are not looking hard enough!
Teach, Learn, Share
We all have things we can both teach to, and learn from others. Couchsurfing can be the vehicle to break down stereotypes, open your mind, expand your horizons and see other places as a local. We should never stop learning, and by sharing with others, you open up the opportunity to learn from them.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I enjoy sharing my life with my hosts and being a part of their lives for a few hours or a few days. Of course, I love to talk about travel, sharing stories about each others past travel experiences as well as plans for future travel. I am really not just looking for a place to sleep. I can get that in a hotel. If available, I want to participate in my hosts life. That can entail anything from just hanging out and chatting, to exploring their city or country with them. I love the outdoors, so would enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving with my hosts. I also enjoy board games and cards.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Cook Islands, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, Philippines, Singapore, United States