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To live and learn
Lived in Brooklyn for the past 7 years. Currently wandering about Central America.
I like mountains, lakes, and hiking (though I have almost no experience with camping). I like lively, urban, bustling, creative places with vibes that are a mix of optimism and status-quo-questioning cynicism.
I grew up in the Midwest of the United States - mainly Chicago, but also several smaller cities. People from that area of the country tend to not travel internationally much. I always wanted to. Finally able to make it happen.
Living and learning, life's a journey. And be very sarcastic along the way :o)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Started this when I was traveling in Europe. I was convinced to give this a try by some friends I met in a hostel, and it provided me with some of the best experiences of my 6.5 months!
And while I'm fairly new to this website, I used to live in brownstone with 4 roommates in Brooklyn with multiple couches where we hosted friends, family, friends of friends who became our friends, etc. Too bad we didn't know about this site then or we could have had more!
Hostels are fine, so in general if I'm sending you a surfing request it's because I genuinely think we would get along. To me, it's not just about finding places to crash. The excessive time I spend looking through profiles if I want to surf would far outweight the $8-$35 of a hostel. I want to meet cool people (even if the time you can spend with a guest is limited).
Would you like to tell me about life where you live?
Introduce me to a fun cafe or bar you frequent?
I ask tons of questions if you are game.
So far, it has been amazing. You can show up to a place where you don't know anyone - often not even the language - and be welcomed into conversation with a host and often their friends. How cool is that?
Um, traveling and learning!
Good beer bars and visiting breweries (I'm not a heavy drinker, but I like trying quality crafted beers, the history of brewing and beer is really interesting, and I home brew)
Coffee and coffeehouses
Punk rock and melodic hardcore
Social justice and socially conscious / progressive politics
Vegetarian living (no judgment if you are not)
Watching American football (Bear Down Chicago Bears!)
Currently trying to learn Spanish
I guess generally I'm a bit of a nerd-ish thinker. I'm interested in socio-cultural topics broadly: The aforementioned social psychology and history; economics; environmental issues; food policy.
- music festivals
- pub crawls
- outdoor activities
- american football
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: I haven't seen a lot of well-known or classic movies. I like documentaries. What? A 5 part BBC series about the history of some country? Yeah, I'm all over that.
Music: Pretty open, but left to pick for my own headphones it's usually my favorite punk rock and melodic hardcore: Rise Against (our hometown Chicago band got huge!), Strike Anywhere, A Wilhelm Scream, Modern Life is War, Rancid, Hot Water Music and Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, The Lawrence Arms, The Gaslight Anthem, that kinda stuff
Books: I like nonfiction, social commentary and current event kinds of things (psychology, economics, anthropology, history)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
6 and a half month backpacking trip through bits of Europe starting 1 Jan 2012. I didn't want it to end!
I really love Scotland. And both times I've been there the weather has been amazing. I think maybe it's always like that and they're not telling us to keep it from getting too crowded, making up a bunch of stuff about rain. Shhh, don't tell anyone.
Tirana, Albania was so very different and interesting.
Sarajevo was also very interesting and inspiring.
I have a sweet tooth, a nerdy obsession with beer, and love my fav punk bands, so I loved both times I was in Belgium (read: waffles, Belgium beer, and I planned around some music festivals both times).
Currently wandering through Central America. Started with 3 months in Guatemala, which I loved.
Teach, Learn, Share
Hmmm... my educational training is likely not *useful* to anyone (unless you need a statistics consultation, ha), but I studied social psychology, generally in the topic areas of social justice and political psychology.
I can cook a bit... I can tie my shoes...
Oh, I do brew beer back home. It's a long process (4 weeks from making to drinking), but if you've been looking into it I share with you what I know.
I used to garden a bit when I had an outdoor space in Brooklyn, but the tips and tricks of that are often very location-specific.
Countries I’ve Visited
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In