Mack Rivkin

Bloomington, IL, United States

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  • Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group
  • B.A., Env. Studies and English
  • From Wheeling, Illinois, USA
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About Me


I want to explore as much of the world as I can, and make the experience rich through the stories of the people I meet along the way. I'd also love to live in Berlin one day!


I'm a down-to-earth guy with a wide range of interests. A few of my friends refer to me as the "Mack-of-all-trades". I love trying new things and learning. I recently graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University, studying International Environmental Sustainability, English Writing, and Theatre Arts. I'm now working for an amazing farm-to-fork company, Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group. Check us out at

I've been traveling as much as possible in the past few years, and I hope to be more or less constantly on the move for the next eight to ten years of my life. I am independent, but love to make close connections with people. Meeting people from around the world is absolutely my favorite part of travel.


It is man's purpose to express himself, bring form to thought, and to discover meaning in experience.

"You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself." --Nelson Mandela

I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Right now, I'm a surfer. I'm excited to explore new places and make friends from around the world. I'm looking forward to hosting others once I settle down.


I have CouchSurfed in:
Berlin, Germany / Paris, France / Amsterdam, Netherlands / St. Louis, MO / Nashville, TN / Indianapolis, IN
Hopefully more soon...

I have met CouchSurfers from:
Copenhagen, Berlin, Catalonia, Dublin, Paris, Rabat, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Nashville, and Indianapolis.


I really enjoy theatre, both as a spectator and a participant. I absolutely love going to see shows, and I am also interested in directing, writing, and acting. I appreciate poetry immensely, and read and write poetry in my spare time. I am very interested in the concept of sustainable development and I hope to work in the field of urban planning in the near future (assuming I don't pick up a career in the arts)! I'm a writer, a singer, a farmer, a deep-thinker, a photographer, a comedian, a gamer, an experimenter, an adventurer, and an amateur cook.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: Being John Malkovich, Nightmare on Elm Street, Donnie Darko, Pan's Labyrinth, Akira, and pretty much any superhero flick.

Music: I enjoy a wide range of music. Some of my favorite artists include The Beatles, Tinie Tempah, Ellie Goulding, Linkin Park, Simon & Garfunkel, Jack's Mannequin, Bassnectar, Jason Mraz, Sleigh Bells, Stepdad, Wallpaper, Kanye West, George Watsky, Jai Paul, Queen, Macklemore, Imogen Heap, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, Benny Benassi, Swedish House Mafia, Avenged Sevenfold, Sam Sparro, Vampire Weekend, and Skylar Grey.

Books: I am currently reading "Regarding the Pain of Others" by Susan Sontag. Some of my favorite books include "The White Hotel" by D. M. Thomas, "Oryx and Crake" by Margaret Atwood, "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, "It" by Stephen King, and "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. I also really enjoy reading Poetry Magazine.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

-Following an elephant through the streets of Copenhagen. It was incredibly random, and oddly exhilarating!

-Spending the day at Como Lago in Italy. The weather was perfect on the day I happened to go, and the areas which are normally swarming with tourists were fairly unpopulated. It seemed magical, as if this astonishingly beautiful place had been laid out just for my arrival. And the gelato wasn't too bad either =)

-Sitting directly on stage for a performance of Shakespeare's "Richard III" in London.

-Having a snowball fight in Berlin with friends from around the world. It may seem insignificant to some, but helped me realize how free I am, and how accessible the world is.

-Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle from the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.


-Hiking to a waterfall near Cade's Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: Although I see myself as young, inexperienced, and slightly ignorant (though I don't always like to admit it) I am fairly knowledgeable about the things I am passionate about: environmental studies, writing, and theatre. I also have thousands of random useless facts floating around my brain that I've picked up throughout my life.

Learn: I am hungry to learn and experience as much as I can! Absolutely anything new you can teach me I would be grateful for.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

Countries I’ve Lived In

Denmark, United States

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