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Andrew Strauss

Ithaca, NY, United States

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Overview

  • 16 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French
  • 23, Male
  • Member since 2011
  • Getting kids hyped about nature
  • Psychology, anthropology, and whatev...
  • From Virginia, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Reach the end of the rainbow

ABOUT ME

I am Mr. Everybody and I was born a tree trunk: I breathe all possible breaths And I live every branch that I do and do not create.

PHILOSOPHY

I think two things are really important to keep track of in life: balance and perspective.

"It is somewhat presumptuous to disdain or condemn as fake that which does not appear likely." -€œMichel de Montaigne

What if we spoke by musical notes? What does it really mean to be in existence? WHAT ELSE IS OUT THERE?!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Surfing when I can, hosting when I can :) And just try to meet up with csers wherever I go, you guys are the best!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Best travel experiences of my life have been while couchsurfing! Surfed in Canada and Europe, have hosted in US and Europe, try to go to as many CS events as I can even when not traveling. Just spent a summer in NYC and found an awesome group of CSers doing awesome things.

Interests

EVERYTHING. Its a problem.. I have to at least try everything I see that seems cool. Jack of all trades, master of none. I'll pick up a ukulele and then see a djembe and run to it, but by that time its too late because I saw the accordion. And about music- YES. Hearing it is good, experiencing it live is great, and playing it (no matter how bad it sounds) is the best. Spend a lot of time in that neck of the woods.

But the rest of the time, I might be SCUBA diving or sailing, playing futbol, skiing, and probably eating. And I really love rock climbing, and slacklining! And I've been developing a really awesome yoga practice, especially with acrobatics/acroyoga. And. And. And. Aaaaand!

I also like to party. And dance. A lot =)

Did the whole university thing with psychology and anthropology, such cool knowledge! I really did like to learn through school and classes, just as much as I love learning through travel and meeting people, gaining new perspectives. I love learning about and experiencing new cultures and seeing from a psychological perspective how culture shapes how we perceive the internal and external world.

Show me something new!!

Music, Movies & Books

Movies: Black Swan was a pretty interesting movie from a psychology perspective.. And Into The Wild, because it is simply amazing. Eternal sunshine of a Spotless Mind. The Science of Sleep. Waking Life is sooo cool! I also like French and "indie" films, documentaries.

Music: AHHHHH where to begin?!?! Beirut, Michael Franti, Hey Ocean, The Tallest Man On Earth, John Butler Trio, Bedouin Soundclash, Architecture In Helsinki, The Blow, Tea Leaf Green, Railroad Earth, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Ben Folds, Bird and The Bee, Belle & Sebastian, Vampire Weekend, Yelle, Brett Dennen, Donavon Frankenreiter, Newton Faulkner, Edwarde Sharpe, Angus & Julia Stone, Neutral Milk Hotel, Metric, AM 60, Andrew Bird, Au Revoir Simone, The Avett Brothers, Beatles, Grateful Dead, Freelance Whales, Bela Fleck, Larry and His Flask, Leftover Salmon, Noah and the Whale, Xavier Rudd, Bjork, Blues Traveler, String Cheese Incident, Cashmere Cat, Tycho, Rising Appalachia, Nako Bear, Polish Ambassador, throw in a good amount of dubstep and the occasional hip hop and electro for dancing and we're good.

Books: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Electric Kool-aid Acid Test, Anthem by Ayn Rand, L'élégance du hérisson, Francis Ponge for poetry, The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway, anything by Aldous Huxley, One Straw Revolution by Fukuoka.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Soooo many amazing things out there I've been so lucky to see and do- can't wait to tell you about them!

Teach, Learn, Share

I'd love to learn everything, but that's not really possible so I'll try to learn little cool things you might be able to teach me! Language, ideas, stories and travels, definitely anything musical, culture, etc!

Hopefully I can teach you a few things myself, maybe some beatboxing, acroyoga, some cool facts about our brains/psychology, how to do a triple back flip (inside your head).

Countries I've Visited

Aruba, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City State, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I've Lived In

Belgium, United States

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