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Exploring the World
Just moved to Seattle from Texas!
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Go to CS meet-ups and meet with CSers for a meal or drinks.
I Couchsurfed for the first time in India from September 2009 - February 2010.
Traveling, CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, hiking, sports (participating not watchibg), movies, books, meeting new people, culinary arts, learning languages
Music, Movies, and Books
Shantaram, A Fine Balance, Fight Club, Scarface, The Godfather, Angela's Ashes, The Kite Runner, The Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Conversations with God, Earth, Earthlings, The Namesake, Perfect Blue, Waltz with Bashir, Princess Mononoke, My Dinner with Andre, Slumdog Millionaire, Into the Wild, The Lost Continent, Donnie Darko, Idiocracy
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Summer of 2006 in China: Being a volunteer English teacher in a remote village in southern Anhui (China), 3 hours via a bumpy bus ride from Shanghai. Teaching next to a reeking latrine with no A/C but still loving every minute of it. Playing basketball, fishing, swimming in ponds during the day all amidst a backdrop of lush, green rice paddies and water buffaloes. At night, playing cards with my students and watching corny movies on TV. Bathing with a bucket of boiled water and a soap bar on the rooftop before tucking into a delicious feast cooked nightly by my host mother. Then, sleeping with two fans directed at my barely-clothed body beneath a mosquito net tent in a mosquito-infested room next to a pig sty, literally (big hogs covered in black hair slept in a den next to my bedroom).
After teaching in Anhui came to a close, I crashed in a pristine bio lab at Nanjing University. Then I traveled alone to Chengdu, Sichuan, where I had the spiciest hot pot that numbed my outer lips and made me sweat and cry. Then I went to one of the most beautiful places ever — Jiuzhaigou.
The trip showed me never to judge a place by its cover. China (and India) is truly a land of contradictions.
Teach, Learn, Share
Take night trains/buses so you can make the most of your days!
Many sights are gorgeous at dawn and well-worth getting up for (i.e., Angkor Wat, Taj Mahal, etc.)
What I Can Share with Hosts
My experiences, my time, positive energy, and friendship.
Countries I’ve Visited
Cambodia, China, France, India, Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Belgium, China, India, Spain, Taiwan, United States