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Life_of_a_Dharma_Bum

St Petersburg, FL, USA

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Overview

  • 72 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Japanese, Spanish
  • 112, Male
  • Member since 2010
  • crash test dummy
  • My beatnik ways, people watching, an...
  • From Born: Flint, Mi.; Homestead: Chicago; Now: Smoke and Mirrors
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Travel less, write a book, find peace from the road. Spread the love. Opening a vintage clothing and antique textile shop in St. Pete.

ABOUT ME

My name is Mike and that's where I hope the boredom ends. I travel throughout the world, my backpack and singing Christmas songs. I am goofy. I am passionate and so on. I have so much to be thankful for.

I decided to dedicate my life to finding beauty and meeting interesting people. I have been living outside the US since 1998. I am seeker- better sole (not a typo, soul, yes but I prefer to use my soles of my feet to learn people and their ways) searching by expanding my experiences and people have everything to do with my growth.
I really enjoy talking to people about life and politics, different perspectives are always good. I may not always agree, but I am patient and try to listen to others.

In another life, I was a popular bartender in Chicago, this may have something to do with my wit.
Facebook with up to date photos and some descriptions:
https://www.facebook.com/mike.petras.10
or type: mikpeaches@yahoo.com maybe easier to find me.
Travel blog before I got bored of writing it:
http://www.travbuddy.com/mikpeaches/blogs
My hobbies:
http://www.antiquetibet.com -Collection of Asian Art, Textiles and Tibetan Rugs.
http://www.mikepeaches.com -American Vintage clothes of the 40s and 50s.

PHILOSOPHY

Seek beauty where it isn't always pretty.
Fill my breath with life.
4 eyes are better than 2, 2 brains are better than 1.

Never step on another mans penis.
Sleep cheap Travel Cheap and Eat Well.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

April 2012, traveling thru Central and South America. Meeting people is the best and exploring new/old corners of the world- it's my preoccupation. CS allowed me to feel so much, my heart burst with love and laughter!

I want to see the best of the world- people, food and drink, history, art.

After I retire from the road. I want to have a zen garden in the woods with a separate living area for people who couchsurf or want peace. We see how this works out, it is a dream I build on everyday.

Give back!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I let homeless people stay and shower in the Chicago winter. It is too cold to think error on the side of safety. Luckily no big dramas happened.
Made some close friends thru CS and while working on my place 2 host surfed my place. One day many more!

Interests

Being Corny, Laughing, Reading, Traveling, Art, People Watching, History, Learning, Passionate people and I keep my snorkle in my backpack.

Meditation is good, yoga is new.

Thinking about writing, pilots license, romance, boating for a few years somewhere in Micronesia, dissolving my ego!!

Music, Movies & Books

Books: Travel, History, Witty (Tom Robbins) Cool (E.Hemingway) Hesse, Camus, and Beatnik writers. Nothing filled with right wing hate.
Movies: Entertaining. Film Noir
Music: If I have a choice... Old old Country, Blue Grass, Chicago Blues, Big Band, old French Jazz (Edith Piaf is my favorite), musicals, women vocalist.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

I like listening to other peoples stories. I consider myself normal.

Teach, Learn, Share

I am willing to share my experiences and stories and expect others to do the same. Honesty is a good thing.

A conundrum. Traveling suits me well but for true happiness there is so much more to be learned and I often feel childish with my own personal absorptions.

Pilgrimage to broaden my experiences, to gain understanding for myself. And so it is...

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I've Lived In

China, Japan, Nepal, United Kingdom, United States

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