Richard DeLong

Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia

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  • Fluent in English, German, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian; learning French, Georgian, Polish, Slovak
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • Writer, interpreter, translator, web developer, professio...
  • Self-education
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  • Profile 65% complete

About Me


Work & love


I currently introduce myself as a Russian-speaking American from Kiev who lives in Georgia. My activities are writing, backpacking, web projects, language clubs, and music. I'm interested in all of these fields plus self-development.


My personal philosophy is nothing more than a justification of my own innate traits. In other words, the way I naturally am is how I want things to be. Therefore, I don't take it that seriously, especially since I'm an outlier in many ways. As far as universals are concerned, I think the single most important thing to be done globally is to restore soils.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I host(-ed), I surf(-ed). Now I mainly run interest-based clubs and groups. Look for the "Language Exchange Club Tbilisi" (CS and FB), "Походники Грузии" (FB), "Bilikebi" (FB), and "Tbilisi Self-Employed Club"


Generally excellent. But admittedly a bit weary of certain aspects of CS and the whole international traveler community, which I don't feel I entirely belong to. I'm also annoyed by everyone everywhere wanting to speak [generally crummy] English, particularly when I speak their language well or fluently, or when I am living in their country where another language is spoken. Native English speaking polyglots will understand my irritation. I really wish Esperanto had become the world language, but it's probably not going to happen. Instead, it will be phonetically modified, gramatically simplified, and idiomatically impoverished English. And native English speakers will have to learn it, too, otherwise no one will understand them.


Mountains, hiking, wilderness, learning about nature, permaculture, healthy eating and living, geography, geology, earth sciences, evolution, indigenous cultures, global trends, technology and Internet, post-Soviet life, foreign languages, future travels, making music, relationships, personal development, neuroscience, practical philosophy. I get a kick out of thinking scientifically and applying math and statistics.

Music, Movies, and Books

I read a lot of nonfiction and rarely watch movies, never TV. I am something of a music snob and most prefer instrumental music with guitars, drums, and/or pianos. I also dig some Georgian folk music.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

One of my favorite activities is long-distance backpacking, or "thru-hiking," using lightweight equipment and methods. in 2009 I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail ( > 4000 km) from Mexico to Canada in 131 days. It was a marvelous experience. In 2011 I spent 10 weeks walking through the Alps, Pyrenees, and Scottish Highlands. I hike extensively in Georgia.

Teach, Learn, Share

Let's have some guitar jams if you play the guitar! I have two...

Countries I’ve Visited

Austria, Egypt, France, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Georgia, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Ukraine, United States

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