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  • 17 References 16 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French; learning German, Spanish
  • 37, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • teacher/waiter/politics.
  • UC Berkeley, B.A in Rhetoric. Study abroad at Univ. of Ky...
  • From Ojai, California. (North of LA near Santa Barbara).
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About Me


My mission is to establish myself in Europe and experience more of the communal side of life, and not just travel through...


I like to think of myself as a conscientious person; I'm curteous and well-mannered towards others. I also really love to cook for friends - throw dinner parties and stuff like that. I consider myself a good conversationist and I used to think I was funny... but that gave way to an intense period of self-doubt, after which I plunged headlong into aesthetic asceticism, rhetoric, and Jungian analysis. Im a recovering academic who has come to prize epiphany and self-realization over abstract intellectual stuff. I'm a wine enthusiast, and a fashion victim on vacation in the midst of a culinary crisis - please let me sleep on your couch.


I have no personal philosophy, none that I can recall anyway. But I do think that religion is basic to human experince. However I dont necessarily beleive that ritual should be followed. That is, I think ritual is the old husk of what was once spontaneous faith. For JC said that one cannot put new wine into old wine skins, as did Nietzsche when he advocated a renewal of values. (He didn't say reject all values and become nihilistic, as many think he did, but rather he said that we must make inherited values our own again. They may even be the same ones that we had previously, but we have to internalize them for ourselves).
But the conflict between ritualistic faith and 'living in the moment' is not so easily resolved... It seems that Buddhism advocates both at the same time. How is that possible?

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I've met the most amazing people through couch surfing here in Europe. I am truly thankful and I count them as friends. I love to host those who have hosted me, but this has only happened a few times.
When I lived in Seattle I hosted several times and helped a few folks out who were moving there and needed more help - it was gratifying.


Great. Just fantastic.


Conservation and green technology.
Linguistics and philosophy.
Garden architecture.
Religious criticism.
Just deserts.
And "just dessert"

  • arts
  • architecture
  • fashion
  • cooking
  • wine
  • desserts
  • partying
  • gardening
  • politics
  • technology
  • traveling
  • surfing
  • buddhist
  • journalism
  • psychology
  • religion

Music, Movies, and Books

I like foreign films. I make a distinction between "movies" and "films." Gladiator was just a movie while Pollock was a film.
Im not a huge music person but I do know that what I like is not mainstream.
I like Kraftwerk, King Krimson, Tom Waits, Air, and the Amelie soundtrack by Yan Tiersen to name a few.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I was eaten by wolves in the Steppes of Russia back in the summer of '56. Changed my life...

Teach, Learn, Share

I can teach you about california native plants and all things American politics. im a student of psychology and love talking about cultures and how theyre different.
Cooking is one of my favorite things to do and learn about.
Here at the house I make a eicked Sicilaian Octopus stew.

What I Can Share with Hosts

You are welcome to hang out and Im happy to show you a few places around town.

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

France, Germany, Spain

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