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About Me


becoming a good writer


I was born in Los Angeles, went to Ethiopia to teach for a short stint and loved it, finished college, taught in China for a year, Poland for 16 months, and and then lived in Istanbul for five months. I moved to England for my MA, and am currently in Amsterdam before moving to Dublin.


Do what you love. Personally, mine is adventuring about the globe and being with the people I love and staying in touch with the people who matter to me (even when they're not physically present), and enjoying present company. There are pros and cons to everything: remaining in your hometown your whole life, globe trotting, etc. I've gotten through some really difficult times in my life so far, and I've learned it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness. There are plenty of things I dislike, but I refuse to give it my time.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I'd like to host surfers but I really can't. I'm currently searching for a place.


I've couchsurfed in England and met up with other couchsurfers at meetings and parties in LA, Istanbul, Warsaw, and Bath. I've only ever had positive experiences.

I made friends with a couch surfer in Los Angeles, and he took me to a surfers party where I met more surfers, and then I moved to China and became friends with someone who moved to Jinzhou after couchsurfing there. Then I lived with my friend Menno, who was a couch-surfer and often hosted, and I'd help him host when he was doing his pilot thing.


Reading, writing, drawing, painting, teaching, learning, talking, drinking moderately, people watching, Dungeons and Dragons (but it's been ages), geeking out (Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Renaissance Faire-- worked there for four years), cooking, eating (severely allergic to milk, and gluten intolerant), exploring cities, camping, the list goes on and on.

Music, Movies, and Books

T.S. Eliot, Zadie Smith, D.H. Lawrence, 100 Years of Solitude, The Phantom Tollbooth, Shakespeare, Austen, About a Boy, High Fidelity, Voltaire, Donne, Jonson, this list also goes on.

As far as music goes, I'm easy and open to new sounds if you can explain it-- if it needs explaining (not into pop music, but I can enjoy it), and what I'm into depends on mood.

Movies: Taare Zameen Par, The Kid (Charlie Chaplin), Chicken Run, Braveheart. I'm sure there are others, but they're not springing to mind.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I taught English in small town Jinzhou, in Addis Ababa, Warsaw, and Istanbul. I teach English now in Bristol and do my MA in Bath.

Another amazing thing I've done is worked at a Renaissance Faire for four years. I was a jester. Telling jokes was not my speciality. I'm a Charlie Chaplin type, more than the verbal wit under pressure.

Teach, Learn, Share

I have no patience for bigots. There is absolutely nothing I can learn from blind intolerance and an adamant belief in inequality.

What I Can Share with Hosts

I love to cook and talk about current events, music, films, social politics, and sport. I love to explore a city with good company or on my own.

Countries I’ve Visited

China, Ethiopia, Germany, Netherlands, Poland

Countries I’ve Lived In

China, Poland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

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